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CARE Center

Champaign County
Companion Animal

The CARE Center does not receive or adopt out animals; rather, our focus is on preventing relinquishment and keeping pets in their homes. The Helping Paw Fund helps East Central Illinois pet owners pay for medical or behavioral care for their companion animals during times of financial instability. We are an all-volunteer organization without a physical office.

Internship Overview:
The intern will work independently - providing his/her own workspace, computer and phone - to assist in managing, promoting, and raising funds for the CARE Center’s Helping Paw Fund. Training will be provided. The intern will discuss progress with the supervisor at least once a week via e-mail or telephone, and meet in person with the supervisor at least once every three weeks.

Please email the contact listed with an updated resume, and an email stating your interest and work availability.

  • Excellent human interaction skills (verbal and written)
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Access to a phone to make and receive phone calls
  • Access to a computer with Excel and Internet
  • Experience with Facebook. Instagram, and Twitter preferred
  • Willingness to travel in the Champaign-Urbana area (public transportation available)
  • Specific activities:
  • Assist in managing the Helping Paw Fund (HPF)Follow up with HPF clients
  • Contact clients by phone or email
  • Enter follow-up data into Excel spreadsheet
  • Coordinate receipt of testimonials and photos from clients
  • As scheduling allows, attend HPF client appointments at veterinary clinics with the supervisor or another board member
  • Assist in promoting the HPF
  • Help manage the Facebook page, posting testimonials and photos from clients with permission and sharing pet care tips from reputable sources
  • Assist in raising funds for the HPF (may include some or all of the following)
  • Help seek donations for a fundraising auction
  • Help to plan and coordinate with vendors for fundraising events
  • Help with promotion and advertising of fundraising efforts
  • Help with any fundraising events
  • Lead campus fundraising efforts
  • Opportunity to suggest and develop other fundraising avenues
  • If time allows and there is interest, create a budget worksheet for pet owners (food, vaccines, flea preventative, etc.) using what is learned during the internship and independent research such as talking with veterinarians at the College of Veterinary Medicine and private practice veterinarians.
  • Record experiences and independent research in the form of a journal, including difficulties and successes as well as how the work performed benefits CARE Center. 
  • Availability: Interns will at least work the minimum hours required over the semester to earn one hour of ANSC 398 credit. Exact work requirements will be discussed with your supervisor and class schedules will be accommodated.

Mary Beth Miyagawa

ANSC 398 Faculty Supervisor

Sarah Richardson