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Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain experience in a fast paced shelter environment. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate your understanding and knowledge of care for domestic animals and wildlife.

Requirements for PHS/SPCA internships, including duration and hours per week, vary by internship program and can be found in the descriptions below. Upon successful completion of an internship, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion and Letter of Recommendation. Internships are unpaid volunteer positions, and submitting an application does not guarantee inclusion in the program.

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General Requirements

  • Passion for animal welfare
  • Familiarity with PC use, including Microsoft Office programs
  • Ability to comprehend and follow written and/or verbal instructions
  • Ability to bend, stoop, squat, reach, and push moderately heavy objects
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and work well under pressure
  • No allergic conditions which would be aggravated by animals in our care
  • Ability to work with chemicals such as bleach and Triple Two
  • Ability to commit to a three-month internship with no vacation time

Available Internship Positions

Behavior and Training Department
This is a hands-on behavior and training internship where you will work with trainers during public training classes and assist with the preparation of the training site, working one-on-one with dogs, leading classes and assisting with consultations. There are clerical duties associated with this internship.

Time frame: 12 weeks, 20 hours per week

  • Semester 1:  February 13 to April 28 FULL
  • Semester 2:  May 8 to July 28 FULL

Requirements Specific to Behavior Training Internship: Behavior Position Description

  • Minimum of 18 years in age and a high school graduate
  • Ability to work with dogs using just positive reinforcement methodologies
  • Ability to follow exact instructions and work independently
  • Perform the job in a professional manner and work efficiently
  • Highly motivated toward the welfare and humane treatment of animals
  • Ability to handle stressful situations like euthanasia
  • Some prior behavior training experience is required
  • Good physical stamina with the ability to lift and move objects weighing 25 pounds

Humane Education Department
The Youth Education Intern will help our Humane Education staff create a fun and safe learning environment during Animal Camp. This position provides general supervision and support with a variety of children's activities focused on caring for animals.

Time frame:

Requirements Specific to Youth Education Position:
Humane Education Position Description

  • Interest in humane education
  • Enthusiasm for working with kids ages 9-12
  • Sensitivity to different learning styles
  • Commitment to camp dates

Exotic Animal Care Department
The exotic animal internship is designed to help applicants determine if a career with animals is right for them. It also offers valuable experience to those who are planning to apply to vet school or looking to pursue a job in the animal care field.

Time frame: As noted:

  • Semester 1: February 27 to May 20 FULL
    (5 hours per day/10 hours per week)
  • Semester 2: June 20 to September 20 FULL
    • Afternoon/Evening (5 hours per day/15 hours per week)
    • Weekends (5 hours per day/10 hours per week)

Requirements Specific to Exotic Animal Care Position:
Exotics Position Description

  • Minimum of 18 years in age and a high school graduate
  • Weekend and holidays may be required
  • Must be willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Must not be reluctant to work with specific types of animals (snakes, bugs, etc.)

Volunteer Services (Pet Assisted Therapy)
This is a unique opportunity to learn about the benefits of pet assisted therapy and the human-animal bond, and learn the skills necessary to coordinate pet assisted therapy (PAT) teams within a nonprofit environment. The intern will work closely with the Pet Assisted Therapy Coordinator and will assist with the evaluation, training and scheduling of Pet Assisted Therapy teams, participate in site visits, and will help organize the annual PAT educational workshop. There are clerical duties associated with this internship.  Experience with videography is a plus.

Time frame:

  • 3 months (8 hours per week/ 2 days a week (Wed, Fri) FULL
  • March 22-June 14 FULL

Requirements Specific to Volunteer Services Internship: Volunteer Services Position Description

  • Must be 18 years old or older and a high school graduate
  • Interest in the coordination of volunteers and Pet Assisted Therapy
  • Must have good oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to perform the position in friendly and professional manner

Wildlife Care Center
This is a unique and rewarding opportunity as a volunteer Wildlife Rehabilitation Intern to learn the care and feeding of wildlife and basic husbandry skills. In addition to hands on experience, interns will receive bi-weekly educational topics for review in discussion groups.  All interns must be available for these groups Discussion Group Schedule. A final exit examination is required upon completion of the program.  

Time frame: 12 week semesters, 8 hours per day, 3 days per week (24 hour per week total)

  • Semester 1: April 2 to June 25 FULL
  • Semester 2: May 7 to July 30 FULL
  • Semester 3: June 11 to September 3 FULL
  • Semester 4: July 16 to October 8 FULL

Requirements Specific to Position: Wildlife Care Position Description

  • Ability to lift and move objects and animals weighing up to 50 pounds for short distance
  • Ability to bend, stoop, squat, reach, and push moderately heavy objects
  • Ability to work with chemicals such chlorhexidine and synphenol
  • Applicant must have a valid driver's license with a clean driving history
  • Ability to follow exact instructions and work independently
  • Must not be squeamish about preparing meals which may include live grub worms and dead mice

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