Institute Internships Explore the Human-Animal Bond and Nature-Based Programs

Explore a world of possibilities, discover new skills, and meet new people through a truly rewarding experience at one of the most innovative facilities for the education and treatment of children with special needs.

The Sam and Myra Ross 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 in Green Chimneys’ enriched and supportive environment.

The Brewster Campus in Brewster NY serves over 220 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. The Farm & Wildlife Center is home to over 200 farm animals, horses, and permanently injured wildlife. Institute Interns also interact with children and families through public programs and special events open to all community members.

The Institute Internship Program is established
in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir.

Program Schedule
The Institute Internship is a full-time, 4- or 8-month commitment. Interns work
five days a week and also participate in occasional weekend activities and events.
Exact dates vary depending on the Green Chimneys calendar.

Farm Animal, Dog,* Equine and Wildlife as well a Vocational Farming at Boni-Bel


January – August
(Interview in October)

September – December
(Interview in June)




Vocational and Educational Garden programs

Grow season:April – November
(Interview in February)




  • Stay from January to December
  • Interview in May

*The internship opportunity focused on dog interaction requires an individual who works well independently while also collaborating with staff from multiple departments. Competency in working with children and dogs is required.


For questions about the internship program, please contact:

Miyako Kinoshita
Education Program Manager
Green Chimneys
400 Doansburg Road - Box 719
Brewster, New York 10509
Tel: 845.279.2995 x229

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