Center update: January 16th

Just a quick update to let everyone know that we are now taking resumes for our spring 2009 internships...we are starting them a bit late in the semester since the horses are away for the winter so interviews will be held the first week of February.

We launched the undergraduate internship program this fall for sophomores, juniors and seniors from universities in the Lexington, Ky area. This spring we offer students the choice of three different internship positions: equine management/training, equine communications, and farm maintenance.

Equine Management/Training Internship: Teaches students both basic barn management practices, and our 90-day Reschooling Program (R) for our ex-racehorses, which includes a combination of natural horsemanship, classical training methods, racetrack training methods, as well as basic dressage and hunt seat skills. They have the chance to observe our vet, farrier, dentist, chiropractor and accupuncturist at work. Also included in their cirriculum are issues specific to training and management of horses in the Thoroughbred racing industry.

Equine Communications Internship: Teaches students about communication as an art through different promotional mediums such as our website, blog, newsletter and local newspapers/magazines. They learn about promotions for an equine facility as we create flyers and postings for our horses, and hold weekly demonstrations open to the public. Since we are a non-profit, we also teach interns about fundraising and grant-writing as a 501c3. Interns may be required to give a presentation about their experience to potential sponsors at the end of the semester.

Farm Maintenance Internship: Teaches students about the non-training part of an equine facility: pasture and land management, construction of horse-friendly barns and run-ins, surface management and machinery operation/repair are central to the hands-on part of the internshp. They will also be asked to budget projects in these categories for a non-profit organization.

Anyone interested in applying should send their resume and cover letter to ncvoss2@yahoo.com . Applicants for the equine communications internship should also submit a writing sample. Applicants for the equine management/training internship should include a video or still photos of themselves writing as well as one equine reference.

Internship schedules are dependent on students' class schedules. There is a small stipend awarded at the end of the internship which may be given in the form of a scholarship.