Internships at Sunnyside Farms
Sunnyside Farms offers an internship for one female college or graduate student each summer. This is an adaptable opportunity for those entering a competitive business environment where field experience, people skills and technical mastery all matter. Our further priority is to assist young women who are faced with social challenges associated with autism, so as to help them to mainstream into the workforce, using the horse as their vector. We provide positive and rewarding opportunities through which they can focus their energy and passion for horses while experiencing daily positive, rewarding and life-changing outcomes.
Here in our small community of Clyde Park, our intern can gain the knowledge and insights to form the basis of a real economic foothold, while helping others to endure and overcome the setbacks of traumatic experiences, wounds of war, social challenges and depression. For breast cancer survivors and others facing life changes, the horses are an embodiment of aesthetic and spiritual relief. Young girls, especially, get to learn about responsibility and kindness, happiness and hopefulness. We want them to know that our programs exist for them, on their way to their own meaningful and sustainable future.
Our interns develop communication and business skills that are associated with handling clients and students; they encounter veterinary issues as they arise; and they are faced with challenging situations that test and provide feedback for good decision making, pro-active skill building and higher order thinking. They have opportunities to work with and teach students in an equine-assisted therapy setting, allowing them to express their own unique talents by way of helping others with special needs. Our structured environment balances independent work with set duties on a daily basis. We promote goal and task-oriented achievements using project based learning. These tasks may include exercising, training and grooming horses, daily feeding and care, and equine management and maintenance.
Our Student Interns Must:
- Possess strong communication skills
- Have horse knowledge or a desire to learn
- Enjoy being around animals
- Enjoy working with kids
- Possess a fun-loving and positive attitude
- Be willing to work hard in a variety of settings and situations (which may not always be horse-related)
- Be open-minded to take on an array of tasks
- Be available 4-5 days per week and commit to 4-5 hours each day
- Be drug, alcohol, and smoke-free
- Be able and willing to work independently
- Be responsible and capable of living without a cell phone/internet for a few hours
- Provide a school, church or community recommendation or referral
- Have transportation daily (or stay at the farm)
Our learning begins in the summer and lasts a lifetime. During your time here, you will do many things!
Our Student Interns Can:
- Gain and/or increase your horsemanship skills
- Learn training skills
- Improve your riding and driving skills
- Learn how to evaluate horses
- Have the opportunity to work with and around foals
- Learn about and get hands-on experience with horse breeding
- Groom, prepare and participate in special events
- Help maintain and manage a horse farm (some things not so fun) both in the business and work sense
- Gain college and/or professional credit hours
Our internship program is a win-win situation! We meet new friends and obtain invaluable assistance from your presence, and you score many, many benefits! To name a few:
- The opportunity to ride and or drive horses every day
- Learning very valuable thinking and processing skills – learning to think “outside the box” – in farm business and maintenance terms
- Gaining new skills through our Farm Camp – by educating our next generation and being a mentor to youth
- Obtaining credited towards college and/or professional certification
We feel that the Sunnyside Internship Program offers priceless benefits. If this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for, wait no longer! Please fill out the simple application below. Applications due by February 1 prior to the season of interest (earlier applications are happily accepted). Live-in positions available. Preference will be given to those able to start early and be committed throughout summer. Please inquire about further positions available throughout the fall and winter.