Internship in Applied Animal Welfare Research (Spring 2023 & Summer 2023)

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Housed within the Department of Strategy & Research, the ASPCA’s Research Team conducts program evaluation and original research to guide organizational strategy and drive progress in the animal welfare field using high-quality science. The Research Team seeks a dedicated, highly motivated, and passionate intern in Applied Animal Welfare Research to develop knowledge and skills in leveraging data to create impact for animals under direct supervision of staff in the department. Interns will become familiar with the role of research and program evaluation in guiding organizational decision-making and driving action in the animal welfare field. Topics of ASPCA research include equine welfare, farm animal welfare, increasing access to veterinary care, animal sheltering, animal behavior, community cats, animal cruelty, animal-related disaster preparedness and response, animals in public policy, and promoting community engagement in animal welfare.

This remote-based position is open to all candidates based within the United States.


Intern opportunities may include, but shall not be limited to:

  • Assisting with research planning, research design, data collection, statistical analysis, and writing manuscripts
  • Developing a research project of the intern's own choosing, subject to ASPCA approval
  • Learning and practicing project management skills
  • Developing field-facing and public-facing research communications plans
  • Participating in webinars, conferences, and other opportunities for sharing of research findings
  • Attending internal strategy and staff meetings, including research meetings with collaborating programmatic departments
  • Assisting with miscellaneous tasks and projects as needed


Start: Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until Friday, October 14, 2022, 5pm ET for a January or May start (1 opening per semester, open until filled)

Duration: One semester in length; potential to extend pending the Department of Strategy & Research’s availability

Hours: 10-20 hours per week (negotiable)

The internship will require at least some availability during M-F working hours to attend meetings

Compensation: Internship pay is based on candidate location and is a minimum of $15/hour.  Interns may receive academic credit in addition to or instead of payment, according to academic program policies.

Location: Remote. A laptop will be provided.

Focus: Quantitative research, but some opportunities in qualitative or mixed-methods research may be available

Candidate’s Field: Open to candidates in any field, but direct supervision is available from experts in the following subjects:

  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Animal Behavior/ Ethology
  • Psychology/Human Behavior
  • Social Work
  • Epidemiology/Public Health
  • Economics
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Marketing



  • Students currently enrolled in an academic degree or certificate program (Graduate or advanced undergraduate (junior/senior year) level preferred).  Individuals not currently enrolled in an educational program may be considered. 
  • Familiarity with MS Office, including Excel
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically about research questions and using data to advance animal welfare
  • Ability to work independently (self-starter)
  • High level of maturity and professionalism
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Exemplifies the ASPCA’s Core Values:

  • Has Commitment and dedication to improving the lives of animals
  • Demonstrates Ownership and feels responsible for outcomes
     Believes in Team – that we are stronger together
  • Seeks to Elevate others and reimagine what is possible
  • Focuses on Impact, specifically making change for animals

A plus:

  • Familiarity with statistical software and analysis
  • Familiarity with research design and data collection
  • Familiarity with animal welfare topics/issues


See above for qualifications details.



English (Required)

Education and Work Experience:

High School Diploma (Required)


COVID Statement:
The ASPCA strives to maintain a COVID-free workplace. To that end, being fully vaccinated is a condition of employment for all ASPCA employees, including new hires, except where prohibited by applicable state or local law. The ASPCA makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs that prohibit a person from being vaccinated.

Our EEO Policy:

The ASPCA is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, age, marital or domestic partner status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.

Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws.  A reasonable accommodation is a change in the ASPCA’s standard application process, which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on the ASPCA.  Please inform the ASPCA’s People Team if you need an accommodation in order to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the application process.

Individuals seeking employment are considered without regards to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, age, marital or domestic partner status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status,  or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.

ASPCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (M/F/D/V).

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About Us:
The ASPCA was founded in 1866 on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment by humans and must be protected under the law. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation with more than two million supporters nationwide, the ASPCA is committed to preventing cruelty to dogs, cats, equines, and farm animals throughout the United States.

The ASPCA is headquartered in New York City, where we maintain a full-service animal hospital, spay/neuter clinic, mobile spay/neuter and primary pet care clinics, a rehabilitation center for canine victims of cruelty, kitten nursery, adoption center, and two community veterinary centers.

The ASPCA also operates programs and services that extend nationwide. We assist animals in need through on-the-ground disaster and cruelty interventions, behavioral rehabilitation, animal placement, legal and legislative advocacy, and the advancement of the sheltering and veterinary community through research, training, and resources.

At the ASPCA, we are committed to fostering a collaborative and compassionate culture and we welcome all voices to contribute to our lifesaving mission. Our staff represent a vast array of backgrounds and diversity dimensions, bringing with them valuable experiences and perspectives. They join the ASPCA to learn, grow, and continually do their best work on behalf of animals. We are inspired by our staff, partners, and the communities we support across the country who work to improve animal lives. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the ASPCA because it elevates our organizational culture, aligns with our Core Values, and enables us to move further and faster toward the ASPCA’s vision – that all animals live good lives; valued by society, protected by its laws, and free from cruelty, pain and suffering.