The Hinsdale Humane Society offers two internship programs for those interested in working with animals and/or those interested in a veterinary medicine career, and one internship for those looking to intern in the areas of Marketing and Special Events. Find details below.

Dr. Robert Reschke Internship Program

In the Dr. Robert Reschke Internship Program, college undergraduates work alongside shelter staff and volunteer veterinarians to gain valuable, hands-on experience including:

  • Performing preliminary physical exams
  • Administering vaccinations
  • Administering medication to ill animals
  • Assessing animal temperament and behavior
  • Handling difficult animals
  • Counseling prospective and current pet owners
  • Offering solutions to behavioral problems

Interns work 40 hours a week, including weekends, for 3 months. Upon completion of the internship, a $1,500 scholarship is awarded. For more information or to apply, please contact the shelter at (630) 323-5637 or

Jordan Crist Memorial Externship Program

The Jordan Crist Memorial Externship Program is named in memory of an exceptional young man who truly cared for the well-being of animals. In this program, veterinary students work:

  • Alongside staff at the West Suburban Veterinary Associates to gain valuable, hands-on experience with advanced medical equipment, such as digital radiography, ultra-sound, laser, digital dental radiography, and laparoscope.
  • One day a week at Hinsdale Humane Society to learn breed identification, behavior counseling, animal handling skills, temperament assessment, and customer service skills.

This paid externship lasts six weeks. Upon completion of the externship, a $1000 scholarship is awarded. For more information or to apply, please contact Janet Storjohann at West Suburban Veterinary Associates at 630-968-4212 or

Marketing / Special Events Internship

Summer. Approximately 3 months, 20 hours per week. Some evenings and weekends required. For students who have completed sophomore or junior year of college.

The Internship will offer experience in marketing, communications, special events planning, media relations, graphic design, donor solicitation, and fundraising. The Intern will work with staff and volunteers through exciting, high profile events and projects, and will learn about the inner workings of a successful non-profit animal welfare organization.

  • Support various summer events, including our annual Pet Walk
  • Help plan our fall fundraiser
  • Create marketing materials as needed
  • Assist with our printed newsletter and all electronic communications
  • Assist in special development projects
  • Learn about fundraising
  • Other general clerical duties required as they apply

If applicable, credit hours will be allocated according to your University standards. Upon completion of the internship, a $1,000 scholarship is awarded.


  • Demonstrated proven leadership skills
  • Professional demeanor
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent follow through skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel are mandatory. InDesign experience is helpful.
  • To apply, please submit resume and letter of introduction to Application deadline is April 1, 2018.