Join us for a unique opportunity to explore a world of possibilities for yourself. Discover new skills, new people, and a truly rewarding experience at one of the most innovative facilities for the education and treatment of children with special needs.
Green Chimneys is a multi-faceted nonprofit organization that helps young people to maximize their full potential by providing residential, educational, clinical and recreational services that create and nurture connections to the community and the natural world. Recognized as a worldwide leader in animal-assisted therapy and activities, Green Chimneys operates a special education and residential treatment programs for children in grades K-12. We are pioneers in animal and nature-based therapy, striving to create a harmonious relationship among children, animals and the environment. Each of our programs celebrates the dignity and worth of all living things.
The Sam and Myra Ross Institute at Green Chimneys is an internationally recognized model program and training site for the varied facets of human-animal and nature-based interactions, often identified as Green Care. The Institute aligns with the Green Chimneys mission to maximize the potential of children with special needs and supports its therapeutic programming. Its work is grounded in evidence-based practice for implementing diverse and ethically responsible animal, plant and nature supported educational and therapeutic interventions and activities.
The Institute Internship offers a unique immersion experience for individuals interested in exploring the human-animal bond and nature-based activities to benefit children with special needs. This hands-on internship takes place on Green Chimneys’ enriched and supportive campus environment for over 200 children in residential care or day treatment where a professional treatment team of medical staff, social workers, teachers and child care professionals are supported by experts in animal-assisted activities, horticulture education, outdoor education and nature based vocational life skills training. Institute Interns also interact with children and families through public programs and special events open to all community members.
How to Apply
The application deadline for the Fall Semester has been extended until Friday, June 15, 2012.
Please contact Heather Mock at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to receive an application.
Institute Internship applications are accepted throughout the year. Applications for a particular semester must be received three months prior to the start of that semester.
Semesters run as follows: Spring- January 1- May 31, Summer-June 1- August 31, Fall- September 1-December 31.
Applicants must be at least 21 years old and able to commit to the full length of the internship. All applicants will be subject to a criminal background check, fingerprinting and a medical screening that includes a test for tuberculosis.
The Institute Internship is a formal training program requiring international interns to obtain a J-1 visa. Internationals accepted into the program will be guided through the J-1 visa application process by Green Chimneys’ Human Resources Department. Costs for this visa (usually $1500), visa processing, and health insurance for J-1 international interns that incur within the United States will be paid for by Green Chimneys. International applicants are responsible for all fees incurred in their home country, including embassy fees.
Note: The J-1 is versatile and will allow you to legally work in the United States within the sponsoring agency and receive a social security card. Not all J-1 visa applicants are granted a visa. This decision is made by the United States government.