Internship Opportunities - Lincoln Park and North Shore Adoption Centers

Employment Type

: Full-Time

Industry

: Miscellaneous



The term for PAWS Chicago’s spring internship is January through April/May.
The application window for PAWS Chicago’s spring internship is October 1st through December 15th.

The term for PAWS Chicago’s summer internship is May through September.
The application window for PAWS Chicago’s summer internship is February 1st 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 1st through August 3rd.

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 assoicates or bachelors degree.  These positions are unpaid.  Interns will experience 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 minimum of 10 hours per week, and a four-to six-month term of service.
All applicants 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 requirements and conduct themselves in a professional manner. 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. 

The internship opportunities we currently have available at our Lincoln Park Adoption Center are below. 

For internship opportunities at our Medical Center, see this posting:http://www.pawschicago.org/employment-opportunities-2/?hireology_job_id=74786

For internship opportunities at our Blazer Building, see this posting:http://www.pawschicago.org/employment-opportunities-2/?hireology_job_id=74782

Responsibilities:

Adoption Program interns engage in a variety of responsibilities under the supervision of PAWS Chicago staff.
Intern responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Manage the Welcome Center, the first point of entry for all potential adopters and volunteers.
    Greet and welcome guests, answer customer questions and return phone calls.
  • Complete ongoing tasks and projects including daily data entry and website maintenance.
  • Engage with and provide guidance for volunteers.
  • Work with potential adopters and facilitate adoption counseling for cat and dog adoptions.
  • Photograph animals and utilize photo editing software to enhance website photos.

Students in this position will develop exceptional customer service and communication skills.
Our staff provides mentorship to students while giving them hands on, day-to-day exposure to the organization’s operations.

Specials skills required/desired:

  • Commitment to a high level of customer service.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications, with the ability to represent the mission, goals, policies, and core values of PAWS Chicago in a sincere and energetic manner.
  • Comfort with a dynamic envirnoment in which flexibility is key.
  • Strong, collaborative teamwork skills.
  • A deep love of animals; some experience working with animals a plus.
  • Basic computer skills, including Email, Word, Excel; some web experience a plus.

Animal Care Program Internship


OVERVIEW 
The PAWS Chicago Animal Care Team plays one 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. 

REQUIREMENTS:
• Passion for animals and belief in our mission to create a No Kill Chicago. 
• Ability 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. 
• Ability to adapt, and solve problems proactively. 
• Positive attitude and willingness to go “the extra mile”. 
• Comfort working with others, including staff and volunteers. 
• Previous experience 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. 


Foster Program Internship

The Lincoln Park Adoption Center Foster Program places adult animals into loving foster homes, giving dogs and cats respite from shelter life as well as an opportunity to learn more about their personalities in a home.
Fostering gives our Adoptions Team the tools and information they need to find the best match for some of our harder-to-place animals.

As a Foster Program Intern, you will assist the team with:

  • Website management
  • Creating foster packets
  • Writing animal profiles and helping with photography
  • Screening interested adopters for animals living in foster homes
  • Database management

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Passion for animals and belief in our mission to create a No Kill Chicago.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications, with the ability to represent the mission, goals, policies, and core values of PAWS Chicago in a sincere and energetic manner.
  • Ability to adapt, work collaboratively with a team, and solve problems proactively.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Commitment to a high level of customer service.
  • Basic computer skills, including e-mail and Microsoft 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


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.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Passion for animals and belief in our mission to create a No Kill Chicago.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications, with the ability to represent the mission, goals, policies, and core values of PAWS Chicago in a sincere and energetic manner.
  • Ability to adapt, work collaboratively with a team, and solve problems proactively.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Commitment to a high level of customer service.
  • Basic computer skills, including e-mail and Microsoft 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 


Training Center Administrator Intern

Intern needed to work Mondays and Tuesdays between 9am – 5pm at the Lincoln Park Adoption Center:

Pippen Fasseas Adoption Center

1997 N.
Clybourn Ave.

Chicago, IL 60614

OVERVIEW

The Training Center Admin Intern assist the Training Center Staff in the day to day administrative tasks needed in order to ensure the clients needs are met and the operations of the Training Center are running efficiently.

DUTIE & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Monitor and respond to email and phone inquiries received from Clients.
  • Monitor and respond to administrative requests from the Trainers.
  • Maintain the training center registration database and contact clients whose payments are still pending.
  • Reschedule clients to a new class as requested.
  • Reschedule classes and contact clients about the schedule change as directed by the Director of Training and Canine Behavior.
  • Assist clients with registration as needed offline.
  • Assist clients with cancellations, refunds, or to correct promo code discounts.
  • Monitor class registrations and alert the Marketing and Adoptions team when registration is low.
  • Manage waitlists as classes become full.
  • Review new classes added to ensure the class offerings are correct in the registration database.
  • Compile market research and analysis reports as needed.

HELPFUL SKILLS:

  • Strong customer service and communication skills.
  • Comfortable with database technology.
  • Ability to think analytically and is detail oriented.
  • Ability to perform market research and scans.
  • Ability to operate independently and as part of a team.

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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