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Get Involved

Students can get involved in the Animal Policy Project in many ways, including pursuing relevant internships and fellowships, completing undergraduate or graduate master's theses and capstone projects around animal advocacy, or registering for the Animal Advocacy Clinic.

Options include:

  • Internship: In the fall, an undergraduate or graduate student has the opportunity to help prepare the spring clinic legislative and regulatory agenda.
  • Fellowship: In the spring, a graduate fellow is hired to augment the clinic agenda with a supplemental and related research project.
  • Honors theses and capstone project eligible. View previous research projects.
  • Enroll in the Animal Advocacy Clinic in Spring 2023 (INT 299J | CRN 23450 | Pleasantville). This course is open to all majors.

To learn more about pursuing these opportunities, email Professor Michelle Land.

Animal Advocacy Clinic

The Animal Advocacy Clinic is an experiential course that teaches professional policy and advocacy skills through the practice of direct lobbying of legislatures and agencies regarding animal and wildlife welfare issues. Formerly known as the Environmental Policy Clinic, student clinicians have written legislation, lobbied in Albany, presented hearing testimony in New York City, participated in federal rule making, and more. The primary client of the clinic is the Humane Society of the United States – New York.

  • Help protect and advocate for animals, wildlife, and the environment through research, legislation, and lobbying.
  • Earn three credits while doing hands-on, real-world work.
  • Open to all majors, sophomore standing or higher, or with instructor permission.
  • Fulfills Area of Knowledge I, Civic Engagement and Public Values (AOK1).
  • Course satisfies Environmental major elective.