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CTRC offers a variety of internships based on the intern's background and what he/she desires to learn from the internship. CTRC tailors internships so that the intern can meet his/her educational needs. CTRC interns have the opportunity to learn about many areas of the program and can choose to focus their internship in one area or be involved in multiple areas (equine, program, volunteer management...). Most interns choose to be involved in multiple areas to experience how a therapeutic riding center operates as well as the daily functions of a non-profit.

To apply for an internship, please send your resume and CTRC internship application to the or call 303-652-9131. If you are 18 years of age or older a completed background screening is required before an  internship can begin.

Examples of Internships:

Equine -

Work directly with the Barn Manager to learn about general horse care, training and horse selection process.
Attend Barn Team meetings & if relevant present on a horse health or training topic.
Assist with implementing de-worming and vaccination plan and vet and farrier appointments, feeding and turn in/out.
Attend prospective equine evaluations.
Assist with equine training. May include lunging and/or riding horses, depending on need & riding experience of intern.
Perform tack and supply checks.

Program -

Work directly with the Program Coordinator to learn about program elements associated with equine assisted services.
Learn about disabilities and disability awareness, contraindications to riding and rider paperwork and assist with rider evaluations.
Shadow instructors in class and learn about lesson planning, skill progression, task analysis, etc.
Lead a special project. (i.e. develop and implement rider awards program, rider resource notebook, basic disabilities information, etc.)
Assist with routine inspection of equipment (helmets, props for arena, human first aid check, etc.)
All Abilities Summer Camp: Participate in and learn the inner workings of CTRC's All Abilities Summer Camp day program. Attend week-long orientation, provide 1:1 camper assistance and facilitate Teen Leader program etc. (*Summer availability only)

Volunteer -

Work directly with the Volunteer Coordinator to learn about managing a volunteer program.
Field new volunteer inquires and assist with New Volunteer Trainings.
Communicate with instructors to ensure their volunteer needs are met.
Assist in ensuring classes run smoothly, safely and on time by providing support to instructors and volunteers. CTRC has Advanced and Registered level PATH Intl. Instructors who lead therapeutic riding classes and a physical therapist, a conductive therapist, and a speech and language therapist who lead hippotherapy classes.
Side walk and/or horse lead in our therapeutic riding and hippotherapy classes.

Most CTRC interns choose to adapt their internship to include parts from multiple areas of the center: Equine, Program, and Volunteer.

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Relevant Majors/Areas of Interest:

Equine Science
Recreational Therapy
Human Development
Pre-PT / Pre-SLP
Nonprofit management
Social Work
Therapeutic Riding/Equine-Assisted Activities


Internship Expectations:

Internships are unpaid positions.
Housing accommodations are the responsibility of the Intern.
Commitment of 15-40 hours a week for at least 8 weeks. The length of the internship is based on the intern's and CTRC's needs.
Schedule is to be arranged with Internship supervisor. Availability on Saturdays is preferred.
Internships can be completed for college credit.
To know and support CTRC's mission.
Adherence to Policies and Procedures as stated in CTRC's Program Operations Manual.
Represent CTRC in a positive, supportive, respectful and professional manner always.


Internship Training:

CTRC offers specific training in relation to internship. In addition interns will receive:

Emergency training
New Volunteer training
Horse Handling training
Equipment training


CTRC Provides:

Internship supervisor
Continual feedback
Midterm and final evaluations
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