Housing & Accomodations

DEFHR offers both residential and non-residential internships, inviting interns from around the world to learn first-hand the ins and outs of caring for abused and neglected horses as a nonprofit organization.

Residential Internships

Interns Kiss Galileo

Residential interns live on site at DEFHR's main facility in Woodbine, Maryland, free of charge for the duration of their internship.

Interns are engaged in hands on experiences or classroom activities Monday through Saturday, from 8am to 5pm with a one-hour lunch break each day.

Note: Due to limited space, residential internships are only available for Equine Programs interns.

Residential interns are also responsible for checking in on horses in rehabilitation at scheduled intervals throughout the night.

In addition to free housing, interns receive a weekly stipend of $75.00.

Non-Residential Internships

Interns showcasing home made digestive system

DEFHR also has many interns who are local residents or prefer to secure private housing.

Working hours are flexible for non-residential interns; however, in order to receive a certificate of completion and letter of recommendation non-residential interns must 300 hours by the end of the session.

 

The following internship levels will help Equine Rehabilitation Interns better understand what to expect during their time at DEFHR.

DEFHR Equine Rehabilitation Internship Levels

 Gallop: 50+ hours a week

  • DEFHR project horse, classroom instruction with staff, DEFHR intern shirt, equine workbook, staff instruction & hands-on experiential learning with DEFHR horses

Canter:   40 - 49 hours a week

  • Classroom instruction with staff, DEFHR intern shirt, equine workbook, staff instruction & hands-on experiential learning with DEFHR horses

Trot:       30 - 39 hours a week

  • DEFHR intern shirt, equine workbook, staff instruction & hands-on experiential learning with DEFHR horses

Walk:     17 – 29 hours a week

  • Equine workbook, staff instruction & hands-on experiential learning with DEFHR horses

Halt:       < 16 hours a week

  • Staff instruction & hands-on experiential learning with DEFHR horses