The Maryland Horse Council (MHC) is pleased to offer a new internship program for students interested in broadening their equine experiences and making a tangible impact on the welfare of all horses in the State of Maryland. Internships are available in the fall, spring, and summer, and are open to rising high school seniors and college students. Interns select from one of three tracks to gain practical experience in topics of interest, have flexible schedule options, and can earn college credit, all while participating in a one-of-a-kind industry-based initiative that will be a national model for equine transition and welfare.
To learn more about METS, visit http://mdequinetranistion.org.
If you have any questions about the internship, please contact Jennifer Purcell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall or Spring:
14 weeks [10 hours/week]
For credit and non-credit options available
8 weeks [30 hours /week] – no credit
The MHC / METS offices are located in Lisbon, Maryland. Fall/Spring interns will spend half day a week at the office and half day in the field. The remaining hours can be fulfilled remotely. Summer interns are expected to spend two days each week at the office and two days in the field. Interns must have transportation to and from the office, but can carpool with staff/volunteers to field-based assignments.
Advocacy (spring only)
Enrolled in high school (rising senior) or college*
At least 17 years of age when internship begins**
Horse handling experience
Desire to promote the horse industry
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Access to transportation
Interest in one of three tracks
* Students in an equine-related program will be given priority
**Applicants under 18 require a parent’s signature
Earn college credit where available
$800 stipend for summer session
Free 1-year youth or individual membership in the MHC
3 tracks to choose from
Mentoring by equine and management professionals
Network with MHC leadership
On-site and telecommuting options
Decrease the chance of MD horses becoming at-risk
Responsibilities of interns include, but are not limited to:
Interns will report to the MHC Executive Director and work closely with the METS Director on field-based and in-office assignments.
At the completion of this internship, students can expect to meet the following learning objectives:
In addition to the objectives listed above, interns will also meet the following based on the track selected:
Track #1: Public Education
ED1. Design enduring educational materials on a topic selected jointly by the intern and METS staff. Examples include a print or electronic publication, training session, research article, video presentation, etc.
Track #2: Program Management
PM1. Collect and analyze relevant data, and write an evaluation report for MHC/METS stakeholders
PM2. Identify and evaluate potential revenue sources for a non-profit equine program, overseeing implementation of one marketing or fundraising strategy.
Track #3: Advocacy (Spring only)
AD1. Review and summarize statewide bills that may impact the horse industry.
AD2. Participate in at least one grassroots advocacy effort for an area of equine-related legislative interest.
AD3. Research and analyze data to help support equine-related legislative initiatives.
Submit the MHC/METS Internship Application and two (2) letters of recommendation by the appropriate deadline. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview.
Application Due Notification By
Fall 2018: August 7 August 20
Spring 2019: October 15 November 15
Summer 2019: April 15 May 15