Where are they now?
After their time at Farm Sanctuary, many of our interns have gone on to do amazing work for farm animals. Here, several accomplished intern alumni share how their internship at Farm Sanctuary helped them get where they are today.
“My internship with Farm Sanctuary gave me the knowledge and confidence it takes to care for factory farmed animals by allowing me to learn directly from National Shelter Director Susie Coston and many of the wonderful animal caregivers who work there.”
— Lenore Braford, founder, the Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge
“Interning at Farm Sanctuary introduced me to a new-to-me world of activism and like-minded activists speaking up for farmed animals and provided me with inspiration, ideas, and confidence to become an activist myself.”
— Nora Kramer, founder and director, Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp
“Spending several months up close and personal with the animals at Farm Sanctuary allowed me to have actual relationships with some of the animals — a connection that helped fuel my future activism.”
— Nick Cooney (left) director of education, Mercy For Animals
“My internship at Farm Sanctuary sold me on the need to devote my life to bettering the lives of farm animals.”
— Jon Camp (far left), director of outreach, Vegan Outreach
“I hadn’t been vegetarian for very long before I did my internship, and I have been vegan ever since. Farm Sanctuary taught me about how animals are treated on the farm all the way to slaughter. I have been vegan ever since and even worked at the Northern California Shelter for a year and a half. Supplying tasty vegan treats is my way of getting more people to eat and try vegan food.
— Elise Spiro, owner, Conscience Confections (vegan bakery)
“My internship at Farm Sanctuary was my first experience working full-time for animals, and I loved it! Following the internship, I knew that I needed to quit my day-job and find a way to align my full-time work with my passion for animal rights.”
— Alka Chandna, senior laboratory oversight specialist, PETA
“My internship at Farm Sanctuary solidified my commitment to spending my life helping animals.”
— Kari Nienstedt, Arizona state director, The Humane Society of the United States
“The FS internship is what propelled my interest in animal rights into a deep commitment to activism for animals. I learned so much during the internship, and once I had my eyes opened to the extensive cruelties of big ag, I began using my camera as a tool to expose this problem and help educate through photography. I travel all over the world doing this work but always love coming back to the Farm, my home away from home, to regroup and connect with rescued animals.”
— Jo-Anne McArthur, photojournalist whose latest project, We Animals is featured in the documentary The Ghosts In Our Machine