About Our Internships

Something for Everyone

Typically, intern candidates are enrolled in a degree program at a college or university and the internship is designed to fulfill coursework requirements. Because of the professionalism and diversity of our staff and services, we are able to meet the needs of students with a wide range of interests. Some recent examples of areas of study include: Animal Science, Child Development, Non-profit and Social Work, Occupational & Physical Therapy Field Work, Recreational Therapy Field Work. Internship opportunities are also available in these and similar areas for those looking for on-the-job training not necessarily associated with a degree program.

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Meet our Intern

Shiloh Vournazos

Shiloh is a soon to be graduate from Eastern Connecticut State University. Her degree will be in psychological science with a concentration in mental health counseling. Shiloh plans to continue her education and become a licensed psychologist. She realizes traditional office therapy doesn’t appeal to or work for everyone. Working with animals and music throughout her life, she has witnessed firsthand the healing they offer. She plans to include both in opening her own practice incorporating nontraditional therapies. Some of her work at High Hopes includes assisting with equine assisted learning, youth empowerment, the resilience reins research program, and putting together research-based evidence of the effects working with horses have on enhancing mental health.


Meet our Intern

Bella V.

Bella is a current sophomore at Clemson University and a part of our summer internship program. She is studying animal and veterinary sciences with a concentration in pre-veterinary science. Bella plans to continue her education to become a veterinarian. Her current work at High Hopes includes assisting with daily care, feeding, and helping out in the barn. She also participates in programs, working as a side walker and with unmounted groups.

'Kinds of Internships '

Kinds of Internships


Child/Adolescent Development

Interns will assist in High Hopes inclusive programs working with staff to coordinate and manage mounted and unmounted activities as well as provide volunteer support. Curriculum will be age/cognitively appropriate and geared toward specific individual and group goals.



Working closely with High Hopes staff, interns will create new and update past unmounted curriculum for High Hopes programs include: specialty programs, integrated summer programs, volunteer educational opportunities, and distance learning. Interns will organize and update educational resources for participants, volunteers and training/education. Interns will explore a wide range of management techniques in a dynamic human resources environment. Interns may have projects in the areas of recruitment, volunteer training & education, statistical analysis, research, and communication.


Equine and Farm Management and Therapy Horse Selection

Opportunities to learn hands-on skills relating to equine management including daily care, health care and first aid, feeding practices and handling. Also learn farm management techniques including manure handling and effective pasture utilization. Interns may have the opportunity to learn firsthand about the processes High Hopes’ follows to select members of our herd of therapy horses.


Volunteer Management

Interns will explore a wide range of management techniques in a dynamic human resources environment. Interns may have projects in the areas of recruitment, volunteer training & education, statistical analysis, research, and communication.


Therapeutic Riding Instruction

Interns will gain a valuable perspective on the role of the therapeutic riding instructor through observation and mentorship. Learn how to write individual and group goals, evaluate participant progress, and create lesson plans. Understand the why’s behind risk management procedures, PATH Intl. standards, and precautions and contraindications.


Fundraising/Development/ Non-Profit Business Management

Interns will gain exposure to different methods of development in the non-profit sector including annual fund drive, planned giving, special events, grant writing, corporate campaigns. Gain an understanding of database management, finance, development, program operation, and strategic planning.


Office Management and Non-Profit Business Administration

Interns will experience the broad needs of office management in a busy non-profit environment by providing administrative support in contact maintenance, database management, library and sales inventories, special events, program operations and inquiry support across multiple departments, as well as more general tasks, such as managing busy telephone coverage while assisting participants and guests.


Research Methods and Design

Interns will discuss and assist staff members in creating methods of research and collecting significant data on the benefits of therapeutic riding and equine assisted activities.

'Committed to providing education and training'

Committed to providing education and training

High Hopes offers a variety of internships as part of its commitment to providing education and training for individuals interested in working in the field of Therapeutic Riding.

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