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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.

Have Questions?


Please contact our Special Programs Manager for more information or to determine the feasibility of a specific internship.

Sarah Carlson
(860) 434-1974 ext. 115 

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Application Process

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.

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.

Equine and Farm Management

Opportunities to learn hands-on skills relating to equine management including daily care, health care and first aid, feeding practices and handling. Also, farm management techniques including manure handling and effective pasture utilization.

Therapy horse selection, training and handling

Interns learn firsthand about the processes High Hopes’ follows to select members of our herd of therapy horses, train them to be effective at their jobs and coach volunteers to handle them safely and correctly.

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 and education, statistical analysis, research and communication.

Therapeutic Riding Instruction

Interns will gain 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.

Fund Raising/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.

Information Technology

Interns will experience the broad reach of the IT world in non profits through assistance in the creation, implementation, maintenance and troubleshooting of technology utilized in management and marketing. Explore website design and management, database procedures and management, and how distance learning can extend the reach of a non-profit with diverse needs.

Photography & Video Production

Interns will have the opportunity to photograph (still and video) horses, participants and volunteers in a variety of capacities, assist editing and producing educational and informational videos and identify and develop story ideas for PR and marketing purposes. In addition, interns will assist in managing, updating and archiving past High Hopes media and photography.

Public Relations and Marketing

Interns will have opportunities for creative marketing and communication skill development. Interns will enhance existing social media, advertising, promotion and public relations through publications, website design, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.

Research Methods and Design

Interns will discuss and assist staff members in evaluating methods of research and collection for data on the benefits of therapeutic riding and equine assisted activities.