Gain hands-on experience working with animals at our Sanctuary in Kanab, UT

Best Friends Animal Society offers a variety of internship opportunities for those interested in gaining hands-on experience with animal care or those looking to gain experience in the field of animal welfare in various capacities outside of direct animal care.

Animal Care Internships – Kanab, UT (Sanctuary)

Gain hands-on experience working with animals at our Sanctuary in Kanab, UT! Best Friends currently offers two animal care internship programs with sessions available throughout the year. The programs are open to individuals ages 20 and over who may be pursuing a career in an animal-related field or perhaps considering a career change. Both internships are unpaid; however, we do have scholarships and stipends interns can apply for to assist with housing and travel.

  • General Animal Care Internship - 5 Week Program:

    Our General Animal Care Internship is a 5-week program for people who are interested in hands-on work with animals in a sanctuary setting.  Interns spend one week in each of the following animal areas: Dogtown, Cat World, Horses/Pigs, Parrots, and Rabbits. Participating in the daily routine of the sanctuary gives interns an excellent opportunity to learn about animal care, socialization of animals, animal behavior and animal rescue.

    Click here for 5-Week General Care Internship Dates
    Click here for additional FAQs about the 5-Week GAC Internship Program
    Download a 5-week Internship Application

  • Species Specific Internship - 4-Month Program:

    (currently offered in dogs, cats, and parrots)

    The 4-month internship program at Best Friends Animal Society is designed to provide participants a comprehensive, hands-on experience with a designated species (presently offered in dogs, cats, and parrots). There are specific learning objectives and a syllabus outlining tasks and competencies for each of the animal areas. Interns will be involved in all aspects of the day to day activities and overall operations of their animal area.

    Click here for 4-Month Species Specific Internship Dates
    Click here for additional FAQs about the 4-Month Species Specific Internship Program
    Download a 4-month internship application

Scholarship information

*Please note: Financial assistance may be available for animal care interns with a genuine need. Click here for more information about scholarships available for animal care interns.

Additional Animal Care Internship Opportunities

Non-Animal Care Internship Opportunities

Looking for an internship in some other area?

Unlike our animal care internships, we do not have predetermined internship sessions for specialized internships. However, we will direct applications to the appropriate department to see if we can accommodate specific requests and determine if interests and experience match our qualifications.

Other potential internship opportunities include:

  • National Events
  • Social Media
  • Sanctuary Ambassador
  • Hospitality
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations

If interested, please complete an application and indicate the type of internship you are seeking and your qualifications.

Click here for an internship application.

Please submit applications via email ( or fax (866-899-2774)

If you have questions, please contact Brittany Bingeman at or 435-644-2001 ext. 4861.

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