.

PHS/SPCA Launches Internship Program

Does "Joy" need exercise, training, socialization?  As a PHS/SPCA intern, you can help anser that question and do the work!
Does "Joy" need exercise, training, socialization? As a PHS/SPCA intern, you can help anser that question and do the work!

In the summer of 1988, I spent time banging on a typewriter to draft press releases as a Palo Alto ad agency intern. This was not Mad Men.  It was more like Frazzled Lady (the owner). It was a one-person shop and I was the Boy Friday.

Not sure if it was the fact that I wasn’t getting paid, that it was summer break between my junior and senior years of college or that I couldn’t care less about medical device companies which were the staple of this agency, but I was a lousy intern.  In fact, on my second day, I showed up hung-over.  Broke into the folk’s liquor cabinet with a friend the night before and we imbibed with the most interesting choice: Crème de menthe.  So, I was not only hung over, but my tongue was green – all day. 

That same summer, I interned with Mario Alioto in the San Francisco Giants’ Marketing Department.  I actually took initiative and pitched the internship to Mario since the Giants had no such program in those days. I escorted special guests to the field for pre-game festivities and ceremonial first pitches and listened to demo cassettes for amateur singers, bands and barber shop quartets who wanted to be considered for national anthems. I asked out one special guest, Miss San Francisco, on a date and she politely declined. Swing and a miss! 

This was back in the day when the Giants would give away a car (well, a Chevy Chevette) at Fan Appreciation Day. In the games leading up to that final regular-season game, they needed some organization schlub to show-off the car and drive it around the field between innings and that schlub was me.  One weekday, I arrived early, brought my lunch and sat in the upper deck – the only sole in the stadium. I met Roger Craig – the original Humm Baby – and “borrowed” a personal note pad (which I still have) from General Manager Al Rosen’s office. It was a good gig.

Thoughts of these past internships came to me this week – the week that the Peninsula Humane Society is launching its own internships, pretty good gigs as well, IMHO.  We’re offering internships in our Wildlife Rehabilitation & Care Center and in our Behavior & Training Department.  Both internships are unpaid volunteer positions open to college grads at least 18 years old.

A snippet from the Wildlife Rehab internship description: “Learn about the care and feeding of wildlife and basic husbandry skills (you’ll learn this is not about learning to be a husband)…in addition to hands-on experience, interns will receive educational topics for research each week.” And, my favorite part:  “Must not be squeamish about preparing meals which may include live grub worms and dead mice.”  I never said it was pretty. For this internship, we’re looking for a three-month, 24 hr/wk commitment, with three options: May-July, June-August or July-September.

 

The Behavior & Training Department internship is also hands-on. You will work with PHS/SPCA trainers during public training classes and assist with the preparation of the training site, working one-on-one with dogs, leading classes and assisting with consultations.  Some clerical duties. Good physical stamina needed. This role is also three months (April-June), but 12 hrs/week.  Word of caution. We can’t guarantee that you won’t fall in love with one of our dogs or cats and I imagine we’ll be able to discount an adoption fee.

If interested in either opportunity, please review materials posted in the Volunteer section (under “internship Positions”) of our website, phs-spca.org.  

If you’re selected, here’s my advice: don’t show up hung-over and don’t take anything from the president’s office! Seriously, these are fantastic opportunities and we’re excited to offer them and see who applies.

 

 

 

 

 

This post is contributed by a community member. The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch Media Corporation. Everyone is welcome to submit a post to Patch. If you'd like to post a blog, go here to get started.

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »