Animal Writing Internships

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There are many internship options available for those seeking to pursue a career as an animal writer or animal editor .  Here is a sampling of the animal related opportunities that the publishing industry has to offer:

The American Horse Publications Internship Program places students with some of its 500 member organizations.  The AHP program is designed to assist students interested in pursuing writing careers in the equine industry.

  Prospective interns may search for current openings on the AHP website.  Some opportunities are paid or offer college credit hours as compensation.

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) offers two major writing related internship options.  The Online Communications and Publications Internship focuses on writing blog and newsletter content, creating e-books, and working with social media.  The Marketing and Publicity Internship involves writing press releases, updating marketing materials, and developing advertisements.  Both internships are paid opportunities and are offered in spring (January to May), summer (May to August), and fall (August to December) sessions.  Compensation is approximately $1,900 per month during the internship.

The American Society of Animal Science Communications Internship is an eight week summer program (40 hours per week) based at ASAS headquarters in Illinois.

  Interns write press releases, contribute written or video content to the website, and travel for a week to cover the ASAS annual meeting.  Compensation during the internship is $1,500 per month ($3,000 total).  Interns are responsible for securing their own housing and transportation during the period of their internship.

Nashville Paw magazine offers several part time writing related internships in areas such as such as Journalism/Creative Writing and Public Relations/Marketing.  Interns work 10 to 20 hours per week in a combination of on-site and off-site activities.  While the internships do not offer monetary compensation, college credit may be arranged.

The Chronicle of the Horse magazine (based in Virginia) offers an equine editorial internship that involves writing content, proofreading, researching, and conducting interviews.  Internships are full time, Monday through Friday, with some weekend work required to complete assignments.  Compensation is offered at a rate of $7.25 per hour and academic credit can be arranged.

Audobon magazine offers a variety of internships for undergraduate and graduate students.  Duties include writing original articles and blog posts, researching, and social media networking.  Interns work two to three days per week over a 3 to 6 month period, and they receive at least minimum wage.  Spring, summer, and fall opportunities are available.

The National Zoo (in Washington DC) offers a science writing internship to students majoring in journalism, biology, communications, or a closely related field.

  Duties include writing press releases, blog posts, feature stories, and brochures.  Interns must commit to work a minimum of 24 hours per week.  This is not a paid opportunity, though college credit is available.

The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) offers an editorial internship to college juniors, seniors, or recent graduates with an interest in pursuing a career in equine journalism.  Duties include writing feature articles, press releases, and news items.  The internships take place at APHA headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas.  Compensation for the internship is provided at a rate of $1,200 per month.

Hoard’s Dairyman offers interns the chance to write for The National Dairy Farm Magazine.  Interns work closely with editors to create and edit magazine content, post blogs, and travel across the U.S. to visit dairy farms.

Applications for summer internships, which run from May to August, are due in October of the prior year.

The Georgia Aquarium offers a variety of unpaid writing related internships in categories such as Digital Media, Marketing and Communications, and Public Relations.  Interns must commit to work at least 20 hours per week for a term of 3 to 8 months.  Some internships require at least 30 hours per week.  It is preferred that applicants have a background in journalism, communications, marketing, or closely related fields.  Interns may contribute by writing original content, working on social media campaigns, or writing press releases.