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Internship Opportunities at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Animal care internships at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah, are open to college students (both undergraduate and graduate) seeking a career in animal welfare, as well as other candidates who have equivalent life and work experience.

Sessions of 5 weeks are offered in all animal care departments, including:

  • Dogtown
  • Cat World
  • Horse Haven (includes goats and pigs)
  • Bunny House
  • Parrot Garden and Wild Friends

Five-week sessions are species-specific. If you are interested in interning for more than five weeks or with more than one species, you may indicate this on your application.

5-week internship sessions:

  • June 7 to July 9, 2021all sessions full! 
  • July 12 to August 13, 2021 - openings in Cat World only! 
  • August 30 to October 1, 2021
  • October 4 to November 5, 2021
  • November 8 to December 10, 2021

Remote Internship Opportunities

Best Friends also offers remote internships in non-animal-care departments, including:

  • Legislative (must be a current law student)
  • Marketing
  • Social Media

Dates for these programs are flexible. If you are interested in a remote program, please email to check availability before applying. You must be at least 18 years of age to apply for an internship. Please note that internships are unpaid, and housing is not provided.

Apply for an internship

Intern scholarship opportunities

Thanks to some kind and generous Best Friends supporters, internship scholarships are available to animal care interns. An intern scholarship can help you with travel, lodging and general living expenses during the internship. If you've been accepted into the Sanctuary animal care internship program, you are welcome to apply for a scholarship.

See available scholarships.

Questions? See our list of FAQs or email

Best Friends also offers veterinary externships: Learn more.