Internship Opportunities - Medical Center
Position details The term for PAWS Chicago’s spring internship is January through April/May. The application window for PAWS Chicago’s spring internship is October first through December 30. The term for PAWS Chicago’s summer internship is May through September. The application window for PAWS Chicago’s summer internship is February first through March 15th. The term for PAWS Chicago’s winter internship is August through December. The application window for PAWS Chicago’s winter internship is April first through August third. Any application submitted outside of the application window will not be considered. On your application, please specify the internship term for which you are applying. PAWS Chicago offers internships for students currently enrolled in a two- or four-year program and individuals who have recently graduated with an associates or bacholors degree. These positions are unpaid. Interns will background the wide diversity of the operations of an animal rescue organization, what goes into making it work and succeed each day. Duties can be tailored to fit into different educational majors and professional interests as much as is practically possible. PAWS Chicago staff can provide mentorship to interns in their professional capacities and give interns hands-on exposure to this highly-rated and well-respected not-for-profit organization. Interns should share our passion for animals, believe in our mission to create a No Kill Chicago, and be self-motivated and driven for success. Interns will be asked to commit to a regular, mutually agreed upon schedule, for a min of ten hours per week, and a four-to six-month term of service. All candidates must attend a New Volunteer Orientation and hands-on training for their specific area of interest. Interns must also comply with dress code, other center qualifications and conduct themselves in a professional manner consistent with the intern handbook. We strive to create an environment for our interns which fosters ethics, learning and development while developing a deeper understanding and practice of community service. ***Please make sure to state, in your application, which internship(s) you are interested in.*** The following internships are available at our Medical Center, located at3516 W. 26th Street, Chicago, IL 60623 Animal Operations Internship OVERVIEW The PAWS Chicago Foster Program places thousands of kittens, puppies, and adult animals into loving foster homes every year in order to help animals recover from illness/injury, provide a break from the shelter environment, and open invaluable space at our facilities. Many animals are sitting at the city pound, uncertain of their fates. The more animals we can send into foster, the more lives we can save. DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES Interns will engage in a variety of areas including, but not limited to: * Recruiting and training new foster families. * Ensuring a smooth workflow for foster onboarding. * Communicating with prospective and current foster families. * Social media promotions. * Managing the foster database and appointment scheduling and follow-up. * Coordinating medical maintenance for current foster families. QUALIFICATIONS * Passion for animals and belief in our mission to create a No Kill Chicago. * Strong written and verbal communications, with the expertise to represent the mission, goals, policies, and core values of PAWS Chicago in a sincere and energetic manner. * Expertise to adapt, work collaboratively with a team, and solve problems proactively. * Management expertise and attention to detail. * Commitment to a high-level of customer service. * Basic technical skills, including e-mail and Ms office. THIS INTERNSHIP MAY INTEREST YOU IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THE FOLLOWING FIELDS: Administration, Animal Care, Animal Science, Animal Sheltering, Biology, Business, Communications, Community Engagement/Education, Customer Service, Non-Profit Management, Non-Profit Marketing, Operations, Program Management, Shelter Management, Veterinary Services, Volunteer Management, Zoology. Animal Care Program Internship OVERVIEW The PAWS Chicago Animal Care Team plays 1 of the most crucial roles in the organization – the direct care of all PAWS Chicago animals. DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES Interns will engage in a variety of areas including, but not limited to: • Participating in the daily care of all animals (dogs and cats). • Following cleaning, feeding, and watering protocols to maintain the health of the animals. • Providing enrichment and socialization to the animals. • Ensuring the animal housing areas are organized and presentable. • Identifying and communicating animal health and/or behavioral observations. QUALIFICATIONS • Passion for animals and belief in our mission to create a No Kill Chicago. • Expertise to remain on feet for long periods of time and perform physical tasks that include but are not limited to climbing, bending, stooping, kneeling, twisting, reaching, crawling, holding, and lifting. • Expertise to adapt, and solve problems proactively. • Positive attitude and willingness to go “the extra mile”. • Comfort working with others, including staff and volunteers. • Previous background performing animal care activities is desirable. THIS INTERNSHIP MAY INTEREST YOU IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THE FOLLOWING FIELDS: Animal Care, Animal Science, Animal Sheltering, Biology, Shelter Management, Veterinary Services, Zoology. Volunteer Program Internship OVERVIEW PAWS Chicago’s dedicated volunteers enable us to continue to save lives and expand the animal welfare services and resources we can offer. It would be impossible to fulfill the mission of a No Kill Chicago without them. Volunteers touch every aspect of our operations, and this work enables us to magnify our impact and save more lives. The PAWS Chicago Volunteer Program manages all facets of a robust volunteer workforce and supports the operation of every department of the organization, from development to veterinary services, adoptions to community outreach, and everything in between. DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES Interns will engage in a variety of areas including, but not limited to: * Participating in community engagement, recruiting, and training new volunteers. * Ensuring a smooth workflow for volunteer onboarding. * Communicating with prospective and current volunteers. * Maintaining the volunteer database. * Preparing and analyzing volunteer reporting. * Providing guidance and supervision for volunteers. QUALIFICATIONS * Passion for animals and belief in our mission to create a No Kill Chicago. * Outstanding written and verbal communications, with the expertise to represent the mission, goals, policies, and core values of PAWS Chicago in a sincere and energetic manner. * Expertise to adapt, work collaboratively with a team, and solve problems proactively. * Management skills. * Commitment to a high-level of customer service. * Basic technical skills, including e-mail and Ms office. THIS INTERNSHIP MAY INTEREST YOU IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THE FOLLOWING FIELDS: Administration, Animal Sheltering, Business, Communications, Community Engagement/Education, Customer Service, Non-Profit Management, Operations, Program Management, Shelter Community Outreach Internship PAWS Chicago has long known that the only way we are going to achieve No Kill Chicago is to make spay/neuter accessible to all Chicagoland pets. This internship allows students to build communication, administrative, and animal welfare skills while helping provide resources for pets and people in under-served communities. Students will participate in the program coordination of our PAWS for Life and Community Cats programs. * Assisting with planning and execution of Community Outreach Events * Street outreach in under-served neighborhoods, including door-to-door * On-site rescue and TNR (trap-neuter-return) in the field, transporting cats to and from our clinic * Coordinating spay/neuter and community medicine appointments, including providing transportation * Phone calls, client counseling, and database management * Animal caretaking, especially of feral cats in traps QUALIFICATIONS * Passion for animals and belief in our mission to create a No Kill Chicago. * Compassion for and willingness to work with people of different backgrounds and life experiences. * Excellent people, phone, and creative thinking skills. * Management skills. * Proficiency in Microsoft office suite. * Valid driver’s license highly desired. * Proficiency in Spanish a plus, but not required. * Supervision by a master’s in social work (MSW) is available. THIS INTERNSHIP MAY INTEREST YOU IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THE FOLLOWING FIELDS: Administration, Advocacy, Animal Care, Case Management, Communications, Community Outreach/Organizing, Customer Service, Non-Profit Management, Program Management, Psychology, Social Work, Social/Economic Justice, Sociology, Veterinary Services, Volunteer Management. PAWS Chicago Values-in-Action * Respect: for each and every life. * Community: of people and organizations committed to helping homeless pets. * Innovation: to constantly improve best practices and seek out new ideas and strategies to save more lives. To be a Learning Center that evolves and grows. * Pro-activity: to solve difficult problems and to be prepared to offer emergency and crisis support. * Transparency: that informs the public about the fate of homeless animals. * Education: that raises awareness about the realities that homeless animals face in the community and across the nations, providing a forum for people to get involved in effecting change. Promotes and support reasonable pet ownership. * Sustainability: through financial management practices that maximize the impact and reach of our resources and endure that PAWS Chicago will always be a resource for homeless animals. * Compassion: towards all people and animals.
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