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Champaign County Humane Society (CCHS) Internships

Unfortunately CCHS will be unable to take interns for the Spring 2021 semester due to COVID-19 concerns.  


This section pertains specifically to internships at CCHS in the following areas: adoptions, animal care, behavior, humane education/investigations, the medical lab, volunteer management, and surgery assistance. 


  • Provide guidance to patrons who are interested in adopting an animal
  • Develop customer service skills
  • Communicate with adopters following the adoption

Animal Care         

  • Learn and understand CCHS cleaning protocols and procedures
  • Complete daily cleaning, feeding and animal handling responsibilities
  • Assist staff with kennel enrichment programs such as the Kong and dog walking program
  • Daily monitoring of CCHS residents’ medical and behavior status


  • Learn and understand CCHS behavior evaluation protocols and procedures
  • Assist with SAFER (Safety Assessment for Evaluation and Rehoming) sessions for shelter dogs and behavior evaluations for cats
  • Assist in behavior modification programs
  • Data entry into CCHS computer system
  • Daily monitoring of CCHS residents’ behavior status

Laboratory and Medical Care

  • Learn CCHS medical procedures and protocols
  • Administer medications, vaccinations and dewormers
  • Draw blood
  • Perform basic diagnostics such as fecals, FeLV and heartworm tests
  • Monitor the health of CCHS residents

Humane Education/Investigations

  • Develop and deliver educational programs for multiple audiences
  • Learn about humane law enforcement and help with community outreach

Volunteer Management

  • Develop personnel coordination skills
  • Develop personnel training skills

Surgery Assistance

  • Learn protocols related to anestesia, surgery, and recovery
  • Assist the shelter veterinarian during surgery
  • This opportunity is available to previous medical lab interns.

Please click here to submit an application.  

All CCHS interns must enroll in ANSC 398 - Experiential Learning.  Learn more about the requirements here

All applicants will be contacted after the deadline with more information about interviews, selection, registration in ANSC 398, etc.  You do not register for ANSC 398 until after being selected for a position. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Amy Fischer-Brown.