Internship Opportunties

An Opportunity to Learn while Helping

A PAALS internship provides the opportunity to work alongside our employees and volunteers assisting our canines on their journey from puppy to PAALS service dog.

Internship Opportunities

PAALS internships are designed for college students and recent graduates who wish to gain valuable experience working with dogs and individuals with disabilities. These internships will help aspiring service dog trainers, animal care specialists interested in breeding and/or animal management, aspiring marketing and fundraising specialists for nonprofits, and innovative educators to acquire hands-on experience that is a prerequisite to gaining employment in these specialty fields. Summer educators will assist with the preparation and implementation of PAALS integrated service dog camp

Programs are divided into three different internships:

  • Animal Care / Veterinary
  • Animal Training
  • Summer Educators
  • Marketing & Fundraising

If you are interested in any PAALS internship opportunity, please download and review the General Intern Job Description

Applicants interested in Animal Care / Veterinary should also download and review the Veterinary Technician Intern Job Description

After reviewing the job descriptions, if you are interested in applying, click the button below to complete an online application.

Any questions should be emailed to our Executive Director, Jen Rogers at Please put “Internship Question” in the subject line.

Frequently Asked Questions

All internships are available for the spring (January – May), summer (May – September) and fall (September – January) terms. Applications for internships are accepted throughout the year.

The following minimum requirements apply to all internship positions:

  • College Student or recent graduate with independent transportation to our Columbia, SC training facility
  • Able to commit to a minimum of 20 hours per week for a minimum of 4 months.
  • Able to work weekends and holidays.
It is often not practical for non-local residents to apply for internship unless they are able to secure nearby lodging with a friend or relative.

PAALS is unable to provide accommodation or assistance in locating accommodation for interns unless specifically specified in the internship description.