Summer and Year-Round Internships at APNM

Interested in making a real difference to promote animal welfare in the state of New Mexico? APNM's Internship Program is designed to put people directly in touch with the inner workings of the animal rights movement and the way in which our organization operates every day.


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"I participated in a three-month internship with APNM right after college as a way to ease myself into the working world. During that time, I assisted APNM's dedicated staff with projects and campaigns aimed at improving conditions for companion animals in New Mexico. I also had the opportunity to collaborate with other nonprofit groups on wildlife conservation and predator control issues. By the end of my internship, I had acquired a great deal of knowledge about animal issues in the state, and what it takes to run a successful nonprofit organization. I highly recommend APNM's internship for anyone interested in a career as an animal activist."

-Erika Stueck, Wildlife Biologist

Founded in 1979, APNM is New Mexico's largest statewide animal rights organization. Our mission is to advocate the rights of animals by effecting systemic change, resulting in the humane treatment of all animals.  APNM focuses its efforts on education and outreach, and campaigns for change.  Please refer to our Core Programs here.

Following are some of the areas in which interns may spend some or all of their time during their internship:

Animal Advocacy Campaign Research, Outreach and Organizing

Help reach out to legislators, policy-makers and voters in districts where animals need a voice! As an intern organizer, you’ll be on the front line of critical animal issues such as putting an end to horse slaughter and ridding the state of abominable wildlife-killing contests. Activities include phone banking to generate community action, letter writing, email campaigns, petition signature gathering, online and legal research, media coordination, photography/videography and dozens of other behind-the-scenes activities to help keep the public informed about animal issues. Must be flexible, prompt, eager to learn, have great verbal and written communication skills and polite phone etiquette.

Animal Advocacy Archiving

Or perhaps you are the quiet, studious type, but just as motivated with making our state and our country a better place for animals? APNM has recently set up a digital archiving system that needs a custodian. Your work to catalog, digitally capture and tag both historical documents and day-to-day emerging media will provide you with a unique perspective of APNM’s almost-35-year history in animal advocacy. Once populated with data, your work will provide APNM’s professional campaign staff with the resources they need to conduct their life-saving campaigns. Must be very computer literate, studious and patient, and have good analytical skills.

Companion Animal Rescue Effort (CARE) Network Organizing

In this critical program the well-being of animals intersects with the well-being of people in need. Did you know that 24-50% of domestic violence victims choose not to leave an abusive environment in fear that their companion animals may be harmed? When dealing with these awful situations, victims often need the added peace of mind that their animals will be safely cared for, enabling them to focus on seeking help. The APNM CARE Network consists of foster families that can provide just that. You can help by working with APNM to update and build that network. You’ll also get involved in the awareness building that makes the program effective, ensuring that domestic violence shelters, law enforcement agencies, animal shelters, social workers, emergency rooms and community centers know about this service. Must have excellent oral communication skills and phone etiquette, and be able to work effectively with Excel spreadsheets. A background check may be required due to the sensitive nature of the work. To learn more about CARE, click here.

Animal Disaster Preparedness Organizing

APNM assists so many animals in New Mexico who face challenges of neglect and abuse. But even well-loved, well-cared-for companions may be at life-threatening risk if a disaster strikes. Too many New Mexicans don’t have an emergency plan for themselves, let alone their animals. APNM needs you to help citizens and their animals become prepared! You’ll work closely with APNM program staff to develop the resources, guidance and tools people need to keep themselves and their animals safe in times of catastrophic fire or other events. APNM works with state and local emergency-management agencies to build animal protection into their disaster protocols, and to help educate the public about common-sense steps they can take. Consider becoming a member of this proactive campaign! Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be proficient on a computer.

"As an intern, I felt like I was truly able to participate in something that was going to directly make a big difference in the lives of animals for many years to come. It felt great knowing that my work was going to encourage kids to respect and care for animals in our state. I also saw first-hand the hard work and long hours put forth by the staff as they considered the rewards and satisfaction of their work to be well worth the effort. What I witnessed was inspiring and confirmed in my heart that I too want to apply my degree toward something I care about: toward change for those who cannot make those changes for themselves. My internship with APNM assisted me in my own growth as a person, and in the direction I want to take in life."
-Lindsay Topmiller, Summer 2013 APNM Intern

You CAN Make A Difference In The Lives of Animals

Overall, working with APNM can be very exciting, but very demanding as well. Interns are considered part of the APNM staff and, as such, must be flexible and able to switch from one project to another as necessary. We depend a great deal on our interns and appreciate their patience and hard work. In turn, we are confident that our intern program is a beneficial and effective animal movement experience.

APNM internships are performed on a volunteer basis and will require a minimum time commitment to accomplish assigned responsibilities. Since intern housing is not available, interns must provide their own housing.

To be considered for an internship with APNM, and download an application form.  There are no deadlines for internship applications. We receive applications year-round and make a decision within two weeks of receiving the application.

Download APNM Internship Application:
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Please email you application, resumé and letters of recommendation to the address listed on the form, or mail to:

P.O. Box 11395
Albuquerque, NM 8719

We appreciate for your interest in the program, or passing on this page to someone who might want to join our team to continue making a difference for animals.