Toxicology and Regulatory Testing Internship

The Physicians Committee

Toxicology and Regulatory Testing Internship

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is a nonprofit organization working toward effective medical practice, research, and health promotion. Since 1985, PCRM has led the way for reforms of federal nutrition policies, and our clinical research programs are breaking new ground in diabetes, cancer, and other serious medical conditions. We have fought for an emphasis on prevention, higher ethical standards in research, and scientific advances in basic research and effective drug development. We have worked with physicians, federal regulators, politicians, researchers, educators, students, and concerned citizens. And we have so much more work to do.

About this Internship Opportunity

PCRM’s Toxicology and Regulatory Testing team finds and implements science- and policy-based solutions to reduce and replace the use of animals in tests conducted by pesticide, chemical, drug, and cosmetic companies.

Students or recent graduates with a background in public health or the life sciences who would like to make a real-world impact on this important ethical issue while developing communication, research, policy, and analytical skills should consider applying for this unique opportunity to join a dynamic public health advocacy and research organization.

The Toxicology and Regulatory Testing Intern will work with our Director of Regulatory Testing Issues on researching and preparing educational materials (Web and print); assisting with grassroots, media, and educational aspects of our campaign to encourage cosmetic companies to stop testing on animals; assisting with the team’s lobbying activities, including tracking Capitol Hill visits and preparing materials; and assisting with the preparation of reports for the public or for peer-reviewed publication on topics related to animal testing.

Interns may also have the opportunity to participate in campaign events, staff education sessions, journal article discussions, Capitol Hill briefings, and other PCRM events. All interns will receive a full-day orientation at the start of their internship and ongoing support from their staff mentor.


  • Applicants should be undergraduate or graduate students majoring in a life science, such as biology, chemistry, toxicology, microbiology, biochemistry, or public health
  • Enthusiasm for PCRM’s mission to promote alternatives to the use of animals in research, training, and testing
  • Strong interest in the application of scientific evidence to campaigns and public policy
  • Strong research and writing skills

Terms: PCRM is located in the Metro-accessible Friendship Heights neighborhood in Washington, D.C. This unpaid volunteer internship is not available as employment. Free housing accommodations at a guest house near the PCRM office may be available if needed. PCRM will assist interns in obtaining course credit if applicable. The ideal candidate will be able to intern 40 hours a week and commit at least 10 weeks to the internship. Start and end dates are flexible.

How to apply: Click here to complete our online internship application. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis for summer semester.

For more information about PCRM’s internship program, contact the Human Resources department at