Animal Care Sanctuary is the only animal care organization of its kind in the country that offers pet companion internships with housing.  The ACS internship is ideal for pre-veterinary science and animal science majors with special consideration given to those who are pursuing a degree in shelter medicine or shelter management.   This internship is designed to give students experience in all facets of shelter and sanctuary management.  It provides opportunities to develop skills in a variety of areas involved in animal care.

Interns will be given the opportunity to work with over 400 cats and 50 dogs to provide quality care, enrichment, and socialization in a facility designed for optimum animal health and well-being.  They will perform a 12 week rotation through the cattery, canine care, low cost spay/neuter and wellness clinic, and the adoption office to experience all aspects of the sanctuary.


  • Interns will work with existing staff to provide daily care for cats and dogs residing at the facility, including:
    • Cleaning and maintaining cages and kennels
    • Diet preparation and delivery
    • Grooming
    • Socialization
    • Interns will work with our experienced on-site veterinary team to handle, diagnose, and medicate animals.  Due to the large number of animals residing at ACS, interns will likely gain exposure to and experience with a number of medical conditions and diseases, as well as assisting with spay/neuter surgeries.
    • Interns will gain experience working in a quarantine environment as they assist staff with monitoring new animals for communicable diseases before integrating them with resident animals.
    • Interns will have the opportunity to assist the facility with regular fundraising efforts and events to raise money to fund our non-profit facility.  Past events have included motorcycle rides and wine-tasting events, but interns are encouraged to bring new ideas to the table.
    • Interns will be required to work with and reside with a dog that requires a behavior modification training program.  They will provide documentation and meet weekly with the site behaviorist.



  • Candidates must be pursuing or have recently received a degree in pre-veterinary science, animal science, biology, or a related field (Veterinary students also welcome).  SPECIAL CONSIDERATION is given to those pursuing a degree in Shelter Medicine or Shelter Management.
  • Teamwork and communication skills are essential to success in this program
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and perform physical duties such as bending, stooping, and kneeling
  • Ability to work on your feet for several hours at a time
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with operant and classical conditioning preferred
  • Must possess a personal vehicle and valid driver’s license

This internship is 40 hrs/week, and interns will be required to work weekends as assigned.  Housing is provided on-site.  A $200 bi-weekly stipend is provided by a scholarship In Memory of Edythe Gay Jennings for those pursuing a degree in shelter medicine or shelter management.

For more information, please contact Rachel Rossiter at  Applications can be downloaded on our website

Internship duration:
12 week Spring Program-February through April Application Deadline: January 1st
12 week Summer Program- May through August Application Deadline: March 1st  Summer Session 2016 Closed
12 week Fall Program- September through November Application Deadline: July 1st
12 week Winter Program-December through February Application Deadline: November 1st



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