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Internship Programs

Please note: Due to COVID-19, Heartland Farm Sanctuary is currently NOT accepting new volunteers or interns at this time.

The Volunteer Internship Programs at Heartland Farm Sanctuary in Verona, Wisconsin provide a unique opportunity to connect with farm animals, connect with a diverse group of people, and acquire valuable knowledge of the various aspects of a farm animal shelter. Since Heartland Farm Sanctuary opened its doors in 2010, volunteers have played a vital role in our efforts by enabling us to operate our shelter, conduct humane education programs, and offer therapeutic services for youth and adults. Apply today and you too can contribute to Heartland Farm Sanctuary’s life-changing work.

Animal Care

Interested in caring for our animals and learning a lot along the way? Check out our animal care internship opportunities and see how you can make a difference while becoming educated.

Camp Counselor

Remember how much fun you had at summer camp as a kid? Learn how you can help children have the same experience that you had growing up by joining our camp counselor internship program.

Internship Information

The hard work and dedication of Heartland Farm Sanctuary interns has been a vital part of our work since Heartland Farm Sanctuary began in 2009. Your commitment helps us rescue and care for homeless farm animals every day. Your commitment also helps us provide therapeutic and educational programs to youth and adults in the Greater Madison area.

Internships are available in the following departments: Animal Care, Camp Counselors and Therapeutic Programs. Specific responsibilities and qualifications vary by department. For more information, please check the description for the position that you are applying for.

Heartland Farm Sanctuary does not provide housing for interns at this time. We do have a list of housing options and contacts that can be email upon request.

Interns are responsible for buying and preparing their own food. Out of respect for the animals and work that Heartland Farm Sanctuary does, all staff and interns are asked to adhere to a vegan diet while on the sanctuary grounds.

Interns have the option to volunteer full-time (40 hours per week), 30 hours per week, or 20 hours per week. Scheduling varies by department.

Most Heartland Farm Sanctuary internships are available year round. Positions are filled on an ongoing basis as applications are received. Summer positions fill quickly, so, if you’re interested in these months, be sure to contact us well in advance.

Why Spend Summer In Madison?

Madison is a vibrant capital city often named one of the nation’s finest communities. It offers plentiful activities to enjoy year-round, from exploring natural, historic, and architectural marvels to attending a riveting arts performance or athletic event.

    • Check out the over 300 vendors at the farmer’s market on the Capitol Square. Largest producer’s only farmer’s market in the U.S.
    • Visit the Thai Pavillion at the Olbrich Botannical Garden
    • Check out the restaurants and shops on State Street
    • Go paddle boarding or kayaking on Lake Wingra
    • Listen to a concert at the Memorial Union Terrace on Lake Mendota
    •  Go to a Madison Mallards baseball game
    •  Go to a Concerts on the Square performance held on the Capitol lawn
    •  Bike on the trails through Madison and around the lakes

Change Lives With Your Gift

Your tax-deductible donation to Heartland Farm Sanctuary allows us to care for farm animals in need and operate our unique people programs that inspire compassion for all beings.

Animal Care Intern

Volunteer commitment of 40, 30 or 20 hours per week

*One- to three-month commitment required

Internship Details

  • Barn cleaning and stall mucking
  • Feeding and watering animals
  • Assisting with animal health checks
  • Assisting with farm errands including vet trips
  • Assisting with general shelter projects
  • Ability to work in harsh/all weather conditions
  • Ability to perform strenuous physical labor and lifting
  • Ability to work comfortably with and follow instruction from others
  • Ability to work as a team with a variety of people including children, individuals with special needs, etc.
  • Commitment to Heartland Farm Sanctuary’s goals and programs
  • No previous animal experience necessary
  • Opportunity to learn from and interact with our shelter animal residents in a beautiful setting near Madison
  • Meet and communicate with like-minded people
  • Opportunity to participate in weekly educational presentations and tours
  • Gain experience beneficial for future sanctuary employment

Camp Counselor Internship

Volunteer commitment of camp period of either full days or half days for at least one week of camp sessions

Internship Details

  • Assume responsibility of safety of campers
  • Using first aid when needed and handing emergency situations quickly and calmly
  • Welcoming campers on the first day and help them in building community
  • Assisting campers to get into the community and activities with animals
  • Providing an environment at all times for campers to ask questions
  • Providing opportunities for campers so that each individual experiences success during camp
  • Assisting with other duties as assigned
  • To have fun!!
  • Desire and ability to work with children and animals
  • Ability to relate to one’s peer group
  • Good character, integrity, and adoptability
  • Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and self-control
  • Ability to work in harsh/all weather conditions
  • Commitment to Heartland Farm Sanctuary’s goals and programs
  • No previous animal experience necessary
  • Gain leadership experience for future employment
  • Opportunity to learn from and interact with our shelter animal residents

Help Heartland with your donation today!

Your gift - of any amount - helps us provide care for farm animals in need and operate our unique people programs that inspire compassion for all.