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We encourage applicants to submit their internship requests well in advance.

 3 to 6 months is preferred.

Guiding Eyes provides the opportunity for unpaid high school and college internships at our Yorktown Heights campus only, that allow for hands-on experience with service dogs. Interns are responsible for helping kennel staff with basic animal care and kennel cleaning with a particular focus on dog enrichment.

Dog Enrichment is the practice of providing animals under managed care with environmental stimuli.  Here at Guiding Eyes we have an extensive Kennel Enrichment Program designed to enhance the lives of our dogs undergoing guide dog training so that we can prevent stress build-up during this important training period.

intern with yellow labOur internship program is designed for students with a serious interest in the animal care and training field to gain practical experience while helping Guiding Eyes achieve our mission of expanding the horizons of the blind and visually impaired.

Please note that applications for internships are accepted year-round however the following minimum requirements are in effect:

  • High School Senior or College student with independent transportation to Yorktown Heights.
  • Able to bend, sit and stand for at least 30 minutes at a time.
  • Able to lift up to 40lbs unassisted.
  • Able to commit to a minimum of 20 hours per week for a minimum of 8 weeks.
  • Able to work weekends and holidays.

It is often financially impractical for non-local residents to apply unless they are able to secure nearby lodging.  Unfortunately we are unable to provide accommodation or assistance in locating accommodation for interns. If you are interested in applying for an internship with Guiding Eyes, please click here to complete the Internship Application.