The Maker’ Mark Secretariat Center offers a variety of learning opportunities:
- Spring and fall internships for college students in good standing in two areas: Barn & Training/Farm Management and Communications/Business
- Summer internships for college and high school students in good standing
- Work study opportunities for high school students in good standing
Barn & Training/
Farm Management Internship
This internship exposes students to all that goes into transitioning a Thoroughbred for a new career using the Horse Centered Reschooling Program® developed by director Susanna Thomas. Interns will learn horse care and barn management and get an overview of what goes into running a farm including machine and equipment upkeep, paddock and field “repair,” ring and barn maintenance, as well as evaluating and prioritizing farm costs. A hands on/hard work internship that is very demanding but rewarding!
This position gives students an idea of what it takes to run a not for profit business, everything from budgeting to fundraising, event planning to media outreach. Interns will be very involved in the day to day running of the MMSC business, from contributing to social media, orchestrating educational and fundraising events, to helping price and inventory merchandise, to greeting guests and conducting tours of the facility. Should they be competent riders, we give most communications interns the chance to work with the horses as well!
If you are interested in any of our internship options, please fill out the Internship Application and send it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Those interested in Barn & Training/Farm Management must include two references, one from a recent or current professor and one from either a current or past trainer or equine professional of your choice. Those interested in Communications/Business must include one letter of recommendation from a recent or current professor and two writing samples. Once the completed application has been reviewed, the applicant may be asked to come in for an interview prior to final acceptance.
Spring and fall internships run 12 weeks. Students are required to work a minimum of two mornings during the week (Tuesday - Friday) and all day Saturday in addition. Interns are also expected to attend all educational field trips if their class schedule allows. We may take 3 field trips a semester, some of which have included the Churchill Downs Museum, Keeneland behind the scenes, the North American Racing Academy, KESMARC and many others.
Summer internship sessions are flexible in length but must be no shorter than two weeks in duration. Students are expected to work a full eight hour day, five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday. The application process is the same as above.
High School Students will go through the same application process as college students and need to submit liability waivers signed by their parents or guardians in addition to their references.
Because we are a non-profit organization, all internships are unpaid. Small stipends have been awarded in the past depending on commitment and merit.
Questions? Please call 859-246-3080.