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PUT YOUR COMPASSION INTO ACTION and join us for a sanctuary internship. Animal Place is one of the oldest and largest farmed animal sanctuaries in the country, nestled on 600-acres in Grass Valley, California. Your residential, live-in internship provides an amazing opportunity to learn what it’s like to work at a sanctuary doing animal care or advocacy. Interns learn about farmed animal behavior and how to be better advocates for animals!

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
  • Companion Animals: Not permitted.
  • Transportation: Pick-up and drop-off to the Sacramento International Airport provided by Animal Place 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: If accepted into the program, you must provide a $200 refundable deposit to secure your spot. 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.












Thanks to the support of a generous donor, Animal Place is awarding up to 14 intern scholarships in 2019! Determinations are based on financial need. Applicants must submit an Internship Application below before applying for an intern scholarship. Scholarship information and application.


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

NOTE: 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 the application deadline has passed or you would like to confirm the status of your application, please contact patti@animalplace.org

Intern Session Application Deadline Applications Reviewed
January-February (March extension available) October 1 October-November
April-May February 1 February
June-July (August extension available) February 28 February-March
September-October June 1 June-July
November-December August 15 August-September


I will be 18 years of age or older by the dates for which I am applying:*
Internship Department:*
Animal Care Internship Sessions 2019*
Advocacy Internship Preferred Start Date*
Are you interested in extending your winter internship an additional month (Mar 1 - Apr 1) which would include a stipend and additional responsibilities?
Are you interested in extending your summer internship an additional month (Aug 1 - Sept 2) which would include a stipend and additional responsibilities?
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 feel are your best qualifications to be an Animal Place intern?
Describe any previous experience working with animals:
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:*
How did you hear about Animal Place's Internship Program?*
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