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PUT YOUR COMPASSION INTO ACTION and join us for a sanctuary internship. Your residential, live-in internship will be a memorable experience spent working hard at our 600-acre sanctuary in Grass Valley, California. Interns become intimately familiar with the operations of a nonprofit sanctuary, the behavior of farmed animals in a non-production setting, and will have an amazing experience working alongside like-minded people.

Get a feel for what interns do by following the Animal Place Sanctuary Interns Facebook Page!




  • Age Requirement: 18 and older
  • Internship Length: 2 or 3 months, starting and ending on the first of each month.
  • Housing: Provided, on-site, living with multiple individuals.
  • Food: Interns pay for their own food (NOTE: ***March, April, May 2018 animal care internships include $50/week food stipend***)
  • Companion Animals: Not permitted.
  • Transportation: Pick-up and drop-off to the Sacramento International Airport or the Amtrak Auburn Train Station provided for your arrival and departure on the first of the month. You are welcome and encouraged to bring your own vehicle. Please note: The sanctuary is located 6.5 miles from the nearest town of Grass Valley, 30 miles from Auburn, and 60 miles from Sacramento. The sanctuary is in a rural area and is not walking distance to town. Weekly trips to the grocery store are provided by Animal Place staff.
  • Medical Insurance: You must provide your own health insurance coverage.
  • Refundable Deposit: To secure your spot, you must provide a $200 refundable deposit. If this is a financial burden, please email patti@animalplace.org to ask about our deposit scale.
  • Capabilities: Applicants should be able to meet the requirements outlined in the Essential Capabilities Document.


Read through the descriptions of our ANIMAL CARE and ANIMAL ADVOCACY internship programs and submit an application below!

Summer internships are the most competitive but we seek and accept interns year-round. Because of the high volume of inquiries, applications are processed at intervals throughout the year. An approximate timeline for the application process is listed below. If you would like to confirm the status of your application or have any questions about the program, please contact patti@animalplace.org

NOTE: We are still accepting applications for March, April, and May animal care internships, which include a $50/week food stipend. 

Intern Starting Month Apply By Applications Reviewed Applicants Accepted
January Nov 1 Nov Nov 30
February Nov 1 Nov Nov 30
March Jan 1 Jan Jan 31
April Jan 1 Jan Jan 31
May Feb 1 Feb-Mar Mar 31
June Feb 1 Feb-Mar Mar 31
July Feb 1 Feb-Mar Mar 31
August Apr 1 Apr Apr 30
September July 1 July July 31
October July 1 July July 31
November Sept 1 Sept Sept 30
December Sept 1 Sept Sept 30


If you have successfully completed an internship at Animal Place, apply for one of our post-internship grants and put those compassion muscles back into action! We want to thank you for your service at the sanctuary and encourage you to pay it forward with one of our grants.


Date of Birth:*
Length of Internship:*
Internship Months:*
Internship Department:*
Highest Level of Education Completed:
Current Status (select all that apply):
Are you currently vegan or vegetarian?*
If not, are you willing to practice veganism while at Animal Place?*
List any animal protection organizations you are affiliated with or a member of:
Briefly explain your personal background and experience with animal rights/welfare and veganism:
List any prior volunteer experience relevant to the internship:
What do you hope to learn during your internship?
What do you feel are your best qualifications to be an Animal Place intern?
ANIMAL CARE APPLICANTS - Describe any previous experience working with animals:
ADVOCACY APPLICANTS - Describe any public speaking, education or outreach experience:
Two Past/Current Work or Academic References (name, organization, email address, phone number)
I understand that nothing contained in this application or conveyed in any interview is intended to create an employment contract between me and Animal Place:*
This application is the first step in a process to becoming an intern at Animal Place. I am willing to sign a Waiver and Release of Liability and undergo a background check before beginning an internship:*
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