Interns assist 5 days a week, and also participate in occasional weekend activities and events. Institute Interns develop comprehensive skills in nature-based education and activities and practical knowledge for employing those skills in working with children with special needs. This internship is built on the foundation of Animal-assisted activities and education designed to create an opportunity for children to self-reflect through interactions and relationships with people, peers, animals and the barn environment. This experiential learning can happen at anytime – in a stall, in a pasture, or when the child grooms a llama, leads a goat, or participates in feeding chores. The summer immersion internship is for people who are only available during the summer. Due to the short time period, this internship focuses on animal care and assisting educational groups activities that happen at the farm. This position does not provide 1:1 activities with students during the summer. Experiences with farm animals can teach responsibility, care and concern for another creature, interpersonal boundaries such as appropriate touch, movement, fine and gross motor skills, as well as leadership and teamwork skills. Children become primary caretakers. Therapeutic and educational experiences take place in the chore setting, feeding animals, cleaning stalls and tending to the basic care of animals.
Applicants must be 21 years of age to qualify for housing. Room and board are available, along with a small stipend.