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Summer 2017 Legal Intern

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Company/Organization: The International Fund for Animal Welfare


Reports to: General Counsel & Associate Corporate Counsel

Job Location: Headquarters – Yarmouth, MA (Cape Cod)

Founded in 1969, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is an international non-profit organization with offices in 13 countries and projects in more than 40 countries. IFAW rescues individual animals and protects animal populations and habitats all over the world. The General Counsel and Associate Corporate Counsel act as IFAW’s in-house counsel, providing legal support for IFAW’s work around the world. The Legal Intern will provide support on special projects to the General Counsel and Associate Corporate Counsel.

This internship with IFAW will provide a law student or lawyer with a unique opportunity to gain expertise in the legal and corporate affairs of international non-profit organizations. The Legal Intern will gain practical legal skills and have the opportunity to contribute to IFAW’s work around the world to rescue and protect animals.

Work closely with the General Counsel and Associate Corporate Counsel, IFAW’s in-house lawyers, on special projects that may include: assisting with corporate governance matters; researching legal issues in the jurisdictions in which IFAW operates, to assist IFAW in ensuring compliance and best practice; reviewing and recommending changes to contracts; and assisting in updating IFAW policies.



• Ability to take initiative and complete projects, including handling multiple projects simultaneously
• Flexible attitude with respect to work assignments and new learning
• Ability to work independently
• Attention to detail
• Proficiency in use of computers, specifically MS Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and ability to learn new legal software quickly
• Persons currently enrolled in law school or holding a Juris Doctor degree will be considered
• Availability to work 30-40 hours per week for 8–12 weeks during summer 2017, starting in or after May 2017
• Interns are responsible for securing their own housing and transportation, however we would be glad to assist by providing referrals of landlords that specialize in temporary housing situations
• Internship is unpaid. Course credit/work study credit is encouraged and we will work with the intern to meet credit requirements. We are also happy to work with the intern to accommodate any requirements to allow for the intern’s receipt of funding and/or school credit from his/her school or other entity, and to ensure that the intern produces a legal writing sample during the internship if desired

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