IHR Internship Programs


Interested in earning hands-on experience
in your career path of choice?
Our Internship Program may be for you! Our internship experience is an exciting learning opportunity for college students and self-motivators to participate in various departments here at Idle-Hour Ranch to achieve learning goals associated with their field of study. 

Interns will be carefully monitored by the Volunteer Manager and their superiors to ensure that all have an opportunity to actively participate in their learning experiences of choice, and if applicable, that they meet the requirements of their educational institution for academic credit. The program features a learning agenda complete with objectives, observation, reflection, evaluation, assessment, safety training, and periodic performance evaluations.

Internships generally last for 14 weeks, and are performed during IHR business hours.

Please read on before printing the Application
(link & instructions below or print PDF)

How is this program structured?

Idle-Hour Ranch’s Internship Program consists of an exciting hands-on experience that lasts for a minimum of 13 weeks. Internships are unpaid. However, at the successful completion of an internship period, interns will receive complimentary admission passes to IHR and letters of reference upon request.

Idle-Hour Ranch uses a multi-faceted approach to ensure positive learning experience for our interns. The program is structured through use of daily tasks/curriculum, open communication, record keeping, and evaluations. Interns are welcomed to use their experience with IHR as an opportunity to build their portfolios.

Who is eligible?

Intern Schedule Requirements

After applying:

Applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age*

  • Hold a GPA of 2.5 or higher if a student or recent graduate **

  • Have reliable transportation for the duration of the internship

  • Be able to pass a background check

  • Be able to pass a drug test

  • Understand that ALL internships are unpaid and on a volunteer basis

  • Be able to pay a $25 application fee

Please read individual internship outlines to see further requirements. To be considered for a position, applicants must meet all requirements and may apply online or through mail with completed Application and attachments listed for each internship outline.

Age may be negotiable - please inquire 
** You do not have to be a student to participate as an intern. Adults of all ages are welcome
  • All Applicants must be willing and able to commit to a 14 week internship.

  • Animal Care Interns must be able to commit to a schedule of a minimum of 24 hours per week. Some nights and weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10:00am to 7:00pm) may be required. Work during non-business hours may be arranged by the Volunteer Manager.

  • Education and Conservation Interns must be able to commit to a schedule of a minimum of 24 hours per week. Availability during business hours (Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10:00am to 7:00pm) is required.

  • Operations, Administrations and Advancement Interns must be able to commit to a schedule of a minimum of 24 hours per week. Availability during business hours (Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10:00am to 7:00pm) is required

  • Security, Online Marketing and Web Development Interns must be able to commit to a schedule of a minimum of 20 hours per week. Availability during business hours (Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10:00am to 7:00pm) is required. Work during non-business hours may be arranged by the Volunteer Manager.
Applications will be collected by IHR management and carefully reviewed. Only candidates meeting all of the internship requirements will be notified of an Interview date and time. Once interviewed, selected candidates will return for Orientation and Training at the beginning of the semester. Orientation and Training is required prior to internship. 

If an internship offer is made:

  • Selected candidates will be notified by IHR with an offer of internship and an interview date will be set.

  • Eligible candidates who have completed their Interview, and have been invited back for Orientation, will be responsible for a nonrefundable $25 application fee at the time of Orientation.

  • Interns will each receive two IHR shirts and a personalized nametag to be worn during working hours.

  • Internships are unpaid. Housing and transportation is not provided.

  • Candidate must be willing to adhere to the policies and procedures outlined in the Idle-Hour Ranch Intern/Volunteer Handbook.

  • All offers are contingent on the successful completion of a criminal background screening and on receipt of documentation of negative TB test within the last 9 months and proof of a Tetanus vaccination within the last 5 years.

Please read on before printing the Application
(link & instructions below)

Frequently Asked Questions

Is housing available?

Is transportation available?

What is IHR’s drug/alcohol policy?

Not at this time. Interns are currently responsible for finding housing and all related expenses for the duration of the internship.
No. Interns are responsible for all transportation to and from IHR and must be able to secure reliable transport for the duration of the internship.
IHR has a strict no-tolerance policy concerning drugs and alcohol. Interns must be prepared to pass random drug tests throughout the internship.

Are these internships paid?

Must I pass a background check?

Are there any fees for internship?

No. ALL internships are unpaid. There will be no salary, stipend or monetary reimbursement for time volunteered for an internship.
Yes. Interns must pass a background check prior to an offer of internship with IHR. 
Yes. There is a $25 fee due at time of orientation. Intern will receive two IHR work shirts and a personalized nametag.

Is there a dress code?

Can I internship with IHR for more than one Semester?

What if my field of study is not among IHR’s internship options?

Yes. Interns must be in dress code at all times while working at the ranch. This includes an IHR t-shirt, pants/jeans, work boots, clean appearance, good hygiene, no jewelry (Animal Care), etc.

See IHR Intern Handbook for more info
Yes. Due to high demand, however, in order to accommodate other applicants, IHR Management approval is first required for any such extensions. Let the Volunteer Manager know if you are interested in the possibility of an extended internship.
If you are looking for a particular type of internship that is not listed here, and you would like to work with IHR, please contact the Volunteer Manager to find out if other options are available to you.

What do I include in my Application Packet?

Why TB and Tetanus if my internship has nothing to do with animals?

What should I include in my Application Essay?

The Printout of the Application Packet will include forms such as the Application, Release, and Disclaimer. These items need to be filled out completely in order to be considered for the Internship Program.

You are also responsible for providing the Letter of Recommendation, Requirements for Credit (if applicable), Resume, Essay, and TB/Tetanus proofs.
IHR requires proof of Tetanus vaccine and negative TB test results from all interns in order to safe guard the health of both our interns and animals alike. This is true even if
the intern is not in a field of study that works directly with animals, as chances are, they will still be coming into close contact with the animals at some point during their internship.
We ask for an essay in order to help us get to know you a little more prior to any interviews. We are looking to learn from your essay why you are interested in IHR's Internship Program, your past experiences in relation to the internship field you have chosen, how you learned about IHR, and what you hope to learn by your experience in our Internship Program.


Interested in applying for an
internship at Idle-Hour Ranch?
1. Choose an Internship Department

2. Choose the best available Semester

3. Print & Complete Internship Application Packet

4. Include in your Application Packet:

Completed Application, Resume, Letter of Recommendation,
Requirements for Credit (if applicable), signed Release, signed
Disclaimer, proof of Negative TB, proof of Tetanus
vaccination, and Essay (detailing your interest in the Internship)

5. Send completed packet to Idle-Hour Ranch by the
Semester’s Application Due Date

Students receiving an offer of internship with IHR will be notified approximately three weeks after Application submission with an invitation to Interview with IHR Management.
Print Application