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Hand in Paw Internship

Become an intern at HSSA

Internship Status

The Hand in Paw Youth Internship Program is designed for the young person who has a serious interest in animals and animal welfare, as well as being a role model to younger children. Not only will the program provide practical volunteer experience for those planning on pursuing a career with animals or children, but it will also teach the value of compassion and care for all living things.

Applicants must be 12-18 years of age, responsible, and reliable. It is critical that applicants would enjoy leading younger youth in fun activities, while interacting with animals.

We have postponed internships for 2021 – please check back in 2022.

Interns must:

  • Complete the Youth Internship application

  • Be able to volunteer a minimum of 5 hours per month with the HSSA Education Department

  • Make a 6 month to one year commitment

  • Take direction and be open-minded to corrections

  • Work with minimal adult supervision

  • Possess basic organizational, reading, and math skills

  • Be punctual and responsible

  • Enjoy working with children and animals

Typical duties include:

  • Participating in presentations and activities, such as summer camps, kid’s club events, birthday paw-ties, offsite events, fairs, and classroom programs

  • Assisting staff with shelter tours or activities

  • Caring for animals within the Education Department (Interns do not have direct contact, care, or control of any animals residing in the HSSA shelter. All animal care and socialization is with Education ambassador animals, animals fostered during our camps, children's events, and/or Pet Visitation and Therapy Dogs.)

  • Exercising and socializing animals

  • Assisting younger children with educational programs and crafts

  • Stocking and sorting supplies

  • Assisting with office-related duties

  • Helping set up for events and cleaning up afterwards

There any many benefits to interning at HSSA such as tracking of volunteer hours for high school community service requirements, letters of recommendation for work or college, job training skills, and hands-on experience with children and animals.

Please contact us if you are interested, need more information, or have questions about the HIP Youth Internship: or call 520-327-6088, ext. 171.

Where are the HSSA Classrooms?

If you are visiting HSSA's Education Department, you will want to go to the coral Education building.

Location Map - Main Campus Locations - Education