Farm Sanctuary – Photo and Video Internship

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Farm Sanctuary

Watkins Glen, NY and Orland, CA positions, New York and California Locations

Experience Type:
Position Available: Flexible
Hourly Rate or Pay Range: Unpaid; lodging provided
Application Deadline: December 31, 2020

Are you looking for an unforgettable experience? The Volunteer Internship Programs at Farm Sanctuary’s New York and California locations provide individuals with unique opportunities to connect with farm animals, develop a community with like-minded colleagues, and acquire valuable knowledge of animal protection and non-profit operations. Over the last 30 years, interns have played an integral role in Farm Sanctuary’s efforts by enabling us to operate our shelters, conduct public educational programs, and initiate campaigns to end the suffering of farm animals. Apply today and you too can contribute to Farm Sanctuary’s life-saving work. Farm Sanctuary’s office based internships are available at our Watkins Glen, NY and Orland, CA sanctuaries as well as our Los Angeles, CA office. Available areas of focus include development, administration, human resources, photo/video, archive work and communications. In these roles, you will promote Farm Sanctuary to the public, handle responsibilities in business operations, and ensure organizational progress and efficiency. Housing is provided for all sanctuary based interns, who live a vegan lifestyle for the duration of their internship. Housing is not available of Los Angeles office internships. Internships require a one to three month commitment; please see our website for exact requirements for your desired position.

The Photo and Video Intern will play a strong role in creating a window into sanctuary life through photography and videography at one of our sanctuary locations. Volunteer work will include capturing photos and video footage of our sanctuary residents, documenting rescue stories, and highlighting shelter milestones. This intern will work closely with the communications department team to help shape Farm Sanctuary’s image and further our goals and mission. While Photo and Video interns may also have opportunities to assist with other communications projects (determined by applicants’ skills and previous experience as well as organizational needs during their internship), the majority of the volunteer time will be focused on photography and videography work.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Photography and videography of animals on the shelter
  • Documenting rescue stories and Farm Sanctuary milestones
  • Handling photo and video needs for other volunteer and visitor programs
  • Toning, retouching, and watermarking digital photos
  • Sizing images for print and web
  • Additional tasks as assigned by supervisor


  • Experience with animal photography/videography
  • Experience handling photo/video work at events
  • Passion for communicating compelling stories through a visual medium
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong communication skills needed to manage working with an off-site supervisor
  • Great organizational skills
  • Prior photo and video editing skills, experience with Mac OS, Adobe Photoshop and/or Adobe Lightroom, and iMovie.
  • Photo portfolio and/or video reel submission required
  • Commitment to Farm Sanctuary’s goals and programs


  • Volunteer commitment of 40 hours per week
  • One- to three-month commitment required
  • Shared housing available on the sanctuary premises
  • Position is available in Watkins Glen, NY and Orland, CA


  • Opportunity to learn nonprofit communications functions
  • Opportunity to learn about Farm Sanctuary campaigns and programs
  • Opportunity to learn from and interact with our animal residents
  • Living and working with like-minded and committed animal activists
  • Opportunity to participate in weekly Farm Sanctuary educational presentations
  • Gain valuable experience to support interest in future nonprofit employment, especially within vegan, animal rights, and sanctuary organizations


All applicants must be 18 years or older and committed to Farm Sanctuary’s goals and programs. Intern space is limited; early application is recommended.
Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Alumni
All Agriculture, Supply Chain Management, Sport Business and Marketing, Sales, Retail and Hospitality Administration, Real Estate, Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Studies, Operations Management, Marketing, Human Resources, Food Industry Management, Finance and Financial Management, Entrepreneurship, Economics, Consulting, Business Analytics, Business Administration and Management, Actuarial/Risk Analysis, and Accounting majors
US work authorization is required

Organization Details

Farm Sanctuary Watkins Glen, NY and Orland, CA positions, New York and California Locations United States Website

Number of Position Openings: 4

How to Apply

Internship opportunities are offered year-round, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. We recommend that you submit your application two to three months in advance of your available dates. Farm Sanctuary receives a great number of applications for summer internships. Although we do not have enough spaces to accommodate all applicants, we are very appreciative of everyone’s offer to help. In order to have the best chance of getting a summer internship, please submit your application by the beginning of January of the year you are applying for.

Application Deadline: December 31, 2020 Apply Online Download Application ( File)

Contact: Private