Frequently Asked Questions ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM AT ASHA SANCTUARY Important notes: All interns must be 18 or older.
What types of internships are available? Internships are available in the following areas: Administrative, Development, Education and Visitor, Human Resources and Shelter Projects.
Where is the sanctuary located? Located in Western New York, USA (near Lake Ontario) we are 45 minutes from Niagara Falls and about 2 hours from Toronto. We are 90 minutes from Rochester and about 6 hours from NYC.
When can I intern at Asha Sanctuary? Positions are filled from May - October on an ongoing basis as applications are received.
How long is an Asha Sanctuary internship? The minimum time commitment required for an Asha Sanctuary internship is one month. You may apply to intern for up to three months. Applicants who can commit to two to three months are given priority.
How many days per week do interns work? Interns volunteer full time, working 40 hours a week on a five-day schedule. Every intern gets two days off each week, not necessarily Saturday and Sunday. Scheduling varies.
Are there any reimbursements available for my living expenses? We are very pleased, for the first time, to be one of the few farm animal sanctuaries able to offer up to $85 per week in reimbursable and qualified cost of living expenses, subject to government taxes. The applicants are encouraged to consult with an accountant.
Why should I intern at Asha Sanctuary? From professionals seeking a fulfilling and unique experience, to aspiring rescuers interested in starting a sanctuary of their own one day, to people who just love animals and want to spend time helping them, interning provides a fantastic benefit and unique insight into not-for-profit work. We welcome all types of applicants, as long as they are willing to commit to a vegan lifestyle during their internship. Interns must be 18 or older.
Do I have to be vegan to intern at Asha Sanctuary? Out of respect for the animals and the work that Asha Sanctuary does, all staff and interns are required to be vegan while on sanctuary premises. If you’re new to veganism, don’t be intimidated! Asha Sanctuary is a great, supportive environment to try out a vegan lifestyle. Our staff is more than happy to provide tips, recipes, and meal ideas. Vegan living includes diet (no meat, dairy products, eggs, honey, or other animal byproducts), personal care items (cruelty-free and no animal byproducts), and clothing (no leather, silk, or wool).
How will Interns be selected? Interns are required to write a 300 word essay on why they are seeking internship with Asha Sanctuary. The essay will be judged on clarity, critical thinking, creativity, grammar, organization of thoughts and flow.
Interns willing to commit to longer periods of time, 3 - 5 months, will receive priority.
What type of clothing do I need? For office interns, the dress code is casual; feel free to wear jeans and sneakers. For shelter interns, comfortable clothing that can get dirty is essential, as are waterproof boots and/or shoes. Appropriate dress for shelter work varies with the shelter location and the time of year. The spring and fall are mild, the summer is hot, and the winter is very cold with extreme weather conditions. It is important to have good rain and winter gear if you are interning during months with adverse weather because you will be working outdoors.
What do I eat during my internship? Interns are responsible for buying and preparing their own food. For internships where housing is provided, weekly trips to the grocery store are offered for interns without vehicles. Intern housing includes a full kitchen stocked with pots and pans, utensils, and other basic kitchen equipment. All interns are required to eat vegan while on sanctuary premises, which includes intern housing.
What is the housing like? Interns working at our shelter are provided with on-site housing in a recreational vehicle. Two interns of the same sex will share the RV which has multiple beds, one private bedroom, a dining area, a kitchen, and a bathroom (shower and sink is available however the porta-potty must be used located outside). The RV is fully furnished and has dressers and closet space. The RV is equipped with dishes, pots and pans, gas stove/oven, a microwave, and a blender, a crock pot, a TV, a DVD player, cleaning supplies, and laundry soap.
Interns are required to share household cleaning chores and keep community areas clean for the comfort of everyone living together. Interns are required to keep clean and water/damp-free (and not damage) the woodwork, floors, counter tops, appliances or any part of the RV. At no times can thumbtacks, tape or markers be used on any part of the RV. Interns are required to advise sanctuary management immediately of any water leaks, damage or faulty equipment. At no time are hot plates or space heaters that can cause fires ever to be used in the RV. Sanctuary management will have access to RV at all times. Regretfully, we cannot accommodate companion animals. A $150 deposit will be required to cover any possible damages to the RV. If there are no damages, 100% of the deposit will be returned.
Asha Sanctuary, 2969 Coomer Road / PO Box 156, Newfane, NY 14108. Acres of Sanctuary and Hope for Animals, Inc. is a 501(c)3 Tax Exempt Not for Profit Organization. Donations are tax deductible to the extent as the law allows.