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Summer Internships at the Wild Horse Sanctuary


Wild Horse Sanctuary is located in Shingletown, California (Northeast of Sacramento, close to Redding)


Internships are offered year round. The summer session is the most popular. Summer internships entail 10 weeks of full-time work and most often begin May/June and end the second week of August. Some flexibility is allowed to accommodate the student's schedule. International students are invited to apply. By special arrangement, internships are available during other seasons and time-frames are negotiable based on the student's schedule and academic requirements. Contact Dianne Nelson at whslizjuenke@gmail.com for more information.


Internship responsibilities include assisting with daily horse care and feeding, ranch operations and maintenance, greeting visitors, assisting with weekend trail rides, and participating in wild horse identification projects. Additional projects are available and will be tailored according to student interests and the needs of the Sanctuary. Click here to see the job description >


College students who have finished at least their sophomore year of undergraduate study and who have an interest in pursuing a career involving horses, veterinary medicine, animal behavior, wildlife management, or ethology are encouraged to apply. While it is preferable that a student is enrolled in the study of animal science, animal behavior, ethology, or pre-veterinary medicine, this is not required. Applications will be evaluated according to academic record, prior experience with horses and other animals, level of interest and motivation, and career aspirations.


Because Wild Horse Sanctuary is a non-profit organization; summer internships are conducted on a volunteer basis. However, all interns are provided with simple, but adequate, lodging for the duration of the internship, and meals are provided during the trail rides.

College Credit:

College programs differ in how college credit for internships is awarded. Students should consult with their college advisor to determine if credit can be earned through a Wild Horse Sanctuary internship. As a guideline, 3 credit hours are typically awarded for completion of a full 10-week internship program.

College Advisor:

Most college programs require interns to consult with an undergraduate advisor or coordinator when enrolling in an internship program. Because requirements vary, interested students should consult with their college advisor or program coordinator to ensure that they meet all necessary requirements for a college internship. The Wild Horse Sanctuary will coordinate with interns' advisors as needed to ensure that all requirements for the students' programs are met.


A general application form for Wild Horse Sanctuary's internship program is available on this site. College programs may have additional requirements for intern applicants. Students should first determine the requirements of their college and then complete both their college application (if applicable) and the Wild Horse Sanctuary application. Completed applications, a resume, and 2 reference letters may be sent to Dianne Nelson, c/o Wild Horse Sanctuary or emailed to Dianne's attention at whslizjuenke@gmail.com.

Dianne and Staff: Thank you so much for the opportunity you gave me to work at the Wild Horse Sanctuary. I gained an endless amount of knowledge while with you and the Sanctuary is a beautiful and breathtaking escape from this crazy world. I'm so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of it. I hope I gave as much as I received from all of you.
—Emily Furlong, Summer 2017

Applications are due by March 15.

Contact: Wild Horse Sanctuary
P.O. Box 30
Shingletown, CA 96088
Telephone and Fax (530) 474-5770
Email: whslizjuenke@gmail.com

Get the Application:

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Wild Horse Sanctuary Physical Address: 5796 Wilson Hill Road, Shingletown, CA 96088
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 30, Shingletown, CA
(530) 474-5770 (office hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am-3pm)

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