Internship Volunteering

Volunteer (unpaid) internships for college students and people pursuing animal careers

Kildare Animal Foundation internships are open to undergraduate and graduate students, and other candidates who have equivalent life and work experience with animals and those looking to make a career change. International students are also welcome to apply and these experiences will also provide you with an opportunity to improve your english language skills.

We offer a program of 5 weeks which will provide you with hands-on experience with cats, dogs and small animal wildlife care.

What you can expect?

  • Learn and understand cleaning procedures and participate in the daily cleaning routine in each animal area. Please note, cleaning is generally physical in nature
  • Learn about basic animal care for various species, feeding, special dietary needs, animal behaviour and socialisation.

Internship Duration & Schedule

  • 35 hours per week for 5 weeks
  • Various start dates are available throughout the year
  • Monday to Friday; 9.00am to 5.00pm including a 1 hour lunch break (Hours may vary during summer period)


This is an unpaid internship. Accommodation is not provided. All expenses including living expenses and travel are the responsibility of the Intern.

How to apply

Please send an email titled ‘Internship application’ to info@animalfoundation.ie stating your name, availability and a CV of your skills, experience and qualifications being undertaken or recently achieved. References should also be included and these may be contacted prior to your request being accepted.

We require at least 1 month’s notice to process Internship requests.

Terms & Conditions


For anyone intending to volunteer at the shelter, it is recommended that you have your own form of transport. We are located 2.7 kilometres from the centre of Kildare along a country road that is not suitable for walking. Due to the often unpredictable demands of our work, we are unable to facilitate requests for collections and drop offs.


The Kildare Animal Foundation has a policy of vetting all staff & volunteers who carry out duties at the shelter and / or represent the organisation.

The vetting itself is carried out by An Garda Síochána National Vetting Bureau and refers to an individual’s record of convictions in the Republic of Ireland or elsewhere. This includes all convictions and/or prosecutions, successful or not, pending or completed. The vetting process may also disclose information in relation to specified information such as pertinent information concerning a bona fide concern that there is a finding or allegation of harm to another person received by the National Vetting Bureau from An Garda Síochána or a Scheduled Organisation.

Kildare Animal Foundation reserves the right at its sole and absolute discretion to object at any time to any person nominated as a volunteer.

Volunteer Acknowledgement of Risk

Although Kildare Animal Foundation has taken reasonable steps to provide appropriate equipment and experienced personnel so I can enjoy activities for which I may not be skilled, I understand that no activity is without risk. Certain risks cannot be eliminated without destroying the unique character of these activities. The same elements that contribute to the unique charter of these activities can be loss or damages to my equipment, or accidental injury, illness, or in extreme cases, permanent trauma or death.

I understand that these risks include, but are not limited to; wild animal bites, and injuries, infections and parasitic diseases, trips, falls, falling objects, tool injuries, toxic chemical exposures or motor vehicle mishaps. I understand the description of these risks is not complete and that other unknown or unanticipated risks may occur. I agree to assume responsibility for the risks identified here in and those risks not specifically identified. My participation in these activities is purely voluntary, no one is forcing me to participate, and I elect to participate despite these risks.

I certify that I am fully capable of participating in the activities for which I am volunteering. Therefore, I hereby fully and irrevocably waive any claim against KAF, and assume full responsibility for myself, including my minor children or other dependants, for bodily injury, death and loss of personal property and expenses thereof as a result of those inherent risks and dangers, and of my negligence in participating in this activity.

Photographic and Work Product Release

I hereby grant and convey to KAF on a worldwide basis all right, title and interest in any and all photographic images, videos or audio recordings made in connections with activities conducted or sponsored by KAF or my volunteer, including, but not limited to, any royalties, proceeds and/or other benefits derived from such photographs or recordings.

I consent to the use of photographs (as well as the images or likeness) of myself by KAF for the purposes of publications, news, trade, promotional use, social media or ant other lawful use in conjunction with KAFs non-profit activities. I understand and agree that I will receive neither payment or royalty as a result of the use or publication by KAF of any photographs. Nor will I be entitled to receive notices of such use publication.