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Student Internships: Animal-Assisted Therapy

Looking for an Internship in Animal-Assisted Therapy?


The following are organizations that offer internships to students interested in working in the field of animal-assisted therapy.

Green Chimneys – The Sam and Myra Ross Institute

The Sam and Myra Ross Institute at Green Chimneys is dedicated to education and research on the human connection to animals and the natural world and serves as a model and training site for the varied facets of human-animal and nature-based interactions, grounded in evidence-based practices for implementing diverse and ethically responsible educational and therapeutic interventions and activities.

Green Chimneys and The Sam and Myra Ross Institute offer a meaningful introduction to the theoretical and practical principles of incorporating animals, plants, and the natural world in the re-education, socialization, and treatment of deeply impacted children who have experienced crisis and a lack of success in their lives.

The Institute serves to deepen the legacy, vision and impact of Green Chimneys’ animal and nature-based programs by demonstrating how purposeful contact with animals and the outdoors can enhance formal therapies and traditional education, and sharing knowledge to bring continued growth and leadership to the field.

The Sam and Myra Ross Institute Nature-Based Internships

This dynamic and rewarding opportunity introduces interns to work with children, animals, and nature. The internship program at The Sam and Myra Ross Institute is a unique immersion experience for individuals interested in exploring the human-animal bond and nature-based activities to benefit children with special needs.

The Institute internship includes caring for animals and plants, assisting with special education farm classes, working closely with residential students, and training and practice in conducting animal-assisted and horticulture activities with our student population. Interns work alongside and under supervision of experienced Green Chimneys staff to provide meaningful and therapeutic activities to our children, and also support programming and events for the general public.

Farm internships are full-time and are three to five months in duration. Room and board plus a small stipend are provided. An Internship Certificate is awarded upon completion.

Contact: Miyako Kinoshita, Education Program Manager ( or visit

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