Safe Haven Equine Warriors (SHEW) welcomes a limited number of interns each year. Interns are generally, but not limited to, students at the college or high school level (Intern/mentor programs) pursuing careers in veterinary medicine, the horse industry, equine rescue and advocacy.
Many of our former interns have gone on to careers as veterinarians, riding instructors and trainers, as well as careers in stable management, horse rescue, equine welfare law, animal control and wildlife management.
Internships at Days End Farm Horse Rescue give emerging professionals valuable insight into the day-to-day management, operations, and requirements of a large horse rescue. Interns can utilize skills learned at DEFHR in their next careers in equine management, training, animal welfare advocacy, equine rehabilitation, nonprofit marketing, facility management, and countless additional areas within the industry. Our internship positions are available as both residential and nonresidential positions and cover the following areas of DEFHR.
Launched in 2018, the Work Experience Program provides qualified applicants with the opportunity to gain work experience in the field of their choice. Hours worked by the participants in their internship are funded by the MHF, so that host sites can provide an engaging and educational experience with no financial burden. The MHF helps connect qualified applicants internship opportunities, based on their future career goals and what aspects of the Maryland Thoroughbred industry interest them most. Previous internship locations include:
• Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association
• Fair Hill Training Center
• Maryland Horse Industry Board – Horseland at the Maryland State Fair
Launched in 2017, the Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program is an educational program within the Howard & Sondra Bender Educational Series that aims to:
Increase awareness of the diverse career options in the horse industry
Give participants access to leaders of the Maryland horse community
Highlight various paths for pursuing a career in the horse industry
Address a critical need to attract and retain experienced and devoted employees
Over the course of a week, participants are encouraged to fully engage in the Maryland horse industry and explore a multitude of career options. Graduates of the MTCP are eligible to apply for Career Development Funds, one-time funding that can be used to further career pursuits within two years after the program ends.