Military-connected and love dogs? You’ll love this paid internship
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If you’re looking for a new career and love working with veterans and puppies, we may have just found the perfect internship for you. The Warrior Canine Connection, a nonprofit that teaches veterans how to train service dogs for fellow veterans, has opened an internship opportunity for veterans and military family members. The one-year, paid commitment is part of the group’s strategy to expand locations; however, the internship will be based in Boyds, MD. The Warrior Canine Connection is hoping to “employ at least 50 percent of the graduates from this internship.”

Those interested must be veterans or military family members and must be interested in learning how to train service dogs. While there are no educational or prior dog handling requirements, “relevant dog training experience will be considered.” Certain physical capabilities are needed, such as being able to handle a service dog weighing upwards of 80 pounds and being able to work between 40 and 50 hours a week.

Because the internship has full-time hours, there is a salary of $30,000 for the year. There is also a monthly housing allowance of $1,000 to help offset your housing costs.

Need a little convincing? The Warrior Canine Connection has a Puppy Cam and, oh, my heart. Even if you’re not interested in the internship, we’re pretty sure you will be after watching 15 seconds of the Puppy Cam.

For more information on the internship and how to apply, visit the Warrior Canine Connection’s website.

By J.G. Noll