Become an intern at HSSA
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.
The 2020 HIP Internship positions have been filled. Please check back January 1st, 2021 for future internship opportunities.
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: Email Amy Faulk 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.