Comprehensive Training and Hands-On Experience

Internship Semester Schedule

The Institute Internship operates daily throughout the year-round Green Chimneys School program, including school recesses and holidays. Program and intern work schedules may be altered occasionally to accommodate new students or school schedule changes. Interns in the extended Spring/Summer program will participate in additional, in-depth training projects during school recess periods.

Phase I: weeks 1-3
Training and orientation
Phase II: weeks 4-8
Practical skills and child interaction
Phase III: weeks 9-16
Beyond the day-to-day: career development
Spring/Summer includes:
Mid-term evaluation
April recess trainingAdvanced animal care and public tours/events
Phase IV: weeks 17-25
Work with an individual student
Phase V: weeks 26-34
Summer schedule
August recess trainingRotation through other internship areas
Exit evaluation


Orientation and Requirements

  • Organization history and overview
  • Comprehensive farm and campus tour
  • Student admissions criteria
  • Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Training (TCI)
  • Review of therapeutic behavior and demeanor
  • Role-playing and crisis management
  • Sanctuary Model training
  • Blood-borne pathogens training
  • What it means to be a professional
  • Appropriate behavior with students

Internship Skills Development

  • Introductory training with staff
  • Introduction to administrative issues
  • Introduction to animal/plant care routines
  • Introduction to vocational program
  • Specific animal care assignments
  • Farm tour interpretation training
  • Foundations of Green Care: special focus on animal-assisted interventions
  • Activity design for children with special needs
  • Team-building workshops
  • Observation of special education classes
  • Overview of psychiatric diagnosis
  • Observation of a case conference
  • Documentation and record-keeping

Supervision & Support

  • Individual supervision with Education Program Manager
  • Weekly peer supervision and continuous education series
  • Day-to-day supervision provided by the intern area supervisors

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