Humane Education Internship

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At Animal Friends, we're thinking outside the cage!

The Humane Education Intern will work closely with the Humane Educator to develop, implement, and document relevant, interactive programming for young people that inspires the humane values of kindness, compassion, and empathy, while furthering the Animal Friend’s vision of a humane and compassionate future for every animal friend.

Animal Friends is a non-profit companion-animal resource center serving the needs of pets and people for nearly 80 years.  Animal Friends is so much more than just a shelter! We assist in the rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of animals in need while engaging the community to be part of the solution to animal homelessness and suffering.  Education is key not only to growing our impact now but also for our future.  Our Humane Education programs provide an opportunity to educate students about responsible pet ownership and offer us the chance to spark the next future veterinarian, vet tech, behavior tech, or trainer.

Daily tasks may include:

  • Staffing our new Humane Education and Engagement Center, which will allow young visitors and a caregiver the time and space to learn about the Lifesaving Operations of Animals Friends as well as the lives of cats, dogs, rabbits, and other animal species.
  • Playing an active part in our Summer Camp program for children in grades k-6, including preparing camp supplies, signage, and room-set-up, filling in for counselors as needed, photo-documenting camps, interacting with campers, supporting instructors, and other duties as assigned.
  • Assisting with our Humane Helpers program for youth who collect funds or supplies to donate to Animal Friends and other special programs.
  • Modeling humane values while promoting Animal Friends’ mission, vision, culture, and policies to visitors.

Additionally, the candidate will gain firsthand experience in Humane Education administration by completing the following tasks:

  • Keeping records, maintaining volunteer schedules, and using documentation techniques.
  • Researching and developing creative curriculum for upcoming Humane Education programs both on-site at Animals Friends and in schools and communities.
  • Miscellaneous office tasks such as photocopying, word-processing, and scanning.

Job Requirements

  • A sincere interest in the mission and vision of Animal Friends as well as the principles of Humane Education (including the intersection of animal protection, environmental sustainability, and human welfare).
  • Must be 18 years of age or older and pursuing a degree in an education- or animal-studies-related field.
  • Experience with and interest in dogs, cats, and/or rabbits.  You must be comfortable working around animals of different sizes, ages, temperaments, medical conditions, and backgrounds.
  • Experience working with children and educators, as well as knowledge of some classroom management skills and approaches to learning.
  • Excellent verbal, visual, and written communications skills, including use of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to follow directions, work independently, and manage  one’s time efficiently.
  • Reliable transportation to and from Animals Friends.

Please note this is an unpaid internship. Animal Friends does not offer stipends for housing or travel.  Students are encouraged to apply for resources outside of Animal Friends to support their internship as there are no internal sources of support available unless specifically listed.

Interns can receive academic credit from their university or college for their internships and many U.S. colleges and universities will recognize academic work performed while interning with Animal Friends. 

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