Are you a student looking to do an internship for 3 months or longer?
Festina Lente non profit charity is known for its work with humans, horses and horticulture through a varied and innovative range of equine related and horticultural activities and Festina Lente offers invaluable opportunities to gain experience in your chosen field in our internships programme.
Please note we can only facilitate applications for internships for a minimum of 3 months or longer at one time. If you wish to do Work Experience with us which is less than 3 months then please click here to go to our Work Experience Application page.
Internship Areas & Criteria:
Festina Lente Equestrian Centre:
All Internship Students for the Equestrian Centre must have experience working with horses and managing their care in a stable environment unaided (mucking out, grooming, leading & tacking up) and want to work with people of all abilities. All interns in our Equestrian Centre will also be expected to help in the yard and lessons as well as their chosen programmes. Our Equestrian programmes below are part time so interns may choose a combination so that they are working full time, ie Therapeutic Riding & Equestrian Centre Yard & Lesson Assistant or Supported Helpers Programme & Equine Facilitated Educational Programme or Supported Helpers Programme & Equestrian Centre Yard & Lesson Assistant, etc.
Equestrian Centre Equitation Science Internship
Interns will gain valuable hands on experience in the merits of Equitation Science. Training under the 8 Principles of Equitation Science, interns will develop a clear understanding of how the horse learns and of the importance of horse welfare in a busy equestrian centre. Ideal for anyone studying equine science or veterinary medicine but also for anyone who has or works with horses who wishes to get a more ethical approach to interacting with horses. “Every time we interact with a horse we are training them” Andrew McClean.
Interns will gain valuable hands on experience in the merits of Equitation Science. Equitation science promotes “an objective, evidence-based understanding of the welfare of horses during training and competition by applying valid, quantitative scientific methods that can identify what training techniques are ineffective or may result in equine suffering. Equitation science uses a multidisciplinary approach to explain horse training, for example from a learning theory perspective that removes anthropomorphism and emotiveness” (http://www.equitationscience.com).
Due to the high number of people who interact with horses in Festina Lente, all with varying understanding of equitation science, inconsistency of messages is a big problem for horses. Interns will work alongside the Equine Welfare and Education Co-ordinator, whose role it is to work with all teams and individuals in Festina Lente in line with equitation learning theory. Understanding how the horse learns helps us train effectively and clearly, improving horse welfare.
The system used in Festina Lente is that formed by the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre – the world renowned home of Equitation Science – is a step-by-step program designed to accumulate particular habits in the horse, as listed below:
- Analysing and reducing all training goals to a series of single learned responses (Under-saddle: go, stop, turn, and yield. In-hand: go, stop, head down and yield).
- Progressively building, or ‘shaping’, a series of qualities into each response: 1. Basic Attempt; 2. Obedience (response timing & lightness); 3. Rhythm (speed control); 4. Straightness (maintaining line and body straightness); 5. Contact (rein and leg connection and neck and body posture) and 6. Proof (the horse performs anywhere and everywhere).
- Establishing cues (light aids).
- Following strict schedules of timing of pressure and release.
- Using clear schedules of positive reinforcement to maintain behaviours once they are elicited from a light aid.
The AEBC system results in a relaxed horse that responds to light and sensitive controls. The horse is now properly prepared mentally to perceive and therefore be influenced by more subtle signals such as the rider’s seat and position. When training is undertaken in ways that are more easily perceived by horses, the success rate climbs. Knowledge and skill in training psychology adds a vast dimension of enlightenment to riders before embarking on classical training. For more information see http://www.aebc.com.au/
Equestrian Centre Therapeutic Riding Internship
Interns will gain valuable perspective on the role of the Therapeutic Riding Coach through observation and mentorship. This placement is supervised by the local Occupational Therapist who is a qualified Therapeutic Riding Coach. This placement is suitable, but not limited to, students studying Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Physical Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Special Education and Social Care. Other degree’s can also be considered.
Through full participation in all aspects of the Therapeutic Riding Service the intern can gain knowledge on the benefits of Therapeutic Riding (ie: the physical, sensory, social, cognitive, and psychosocial benefits), organisation and management of sessions and therapeutic goals (when appropriate, under direct supervision) disability (interns will assist with a broad spectrum of children and adults with varying levels of abilities and difficulties), management and welfare of the therapy horse/pony and stable management. This is a part time programme.
Equestrian Centre Supported Helpers Programme Internship
The Supported Helper Programme involves children, teenagers or adults with special needs or with social difficulties in everyday equine care tasks such as mucking out stables, grooming, bringing ponies in and out of the fields, and other tasks associated with the care and management of ponies and horses. Supports are tailored to the learning style and ability of each person and staff to participant ratios range from 1:1 to 1:3. The programme has been reported to increase confidence and self-esteem, social awareness and has also improved social relationships. This is a part time programme in the afternoons.
Interns who choose this programme will work alongside one/two experienced Facilitators and assist in the running of the session where clients will experience all aspects of equine care. Involvement in this programme is suitable for interns studying social sciences, education or studies which include and emphasis on the value or need of social and emotional competencies.
Equestrian Centre Equine Facilitated Educational Programme Internship
The Equine Facilitated Educational Programme focuses on the social and emotional learning of primary school children (usually 8-12 years of age). Each week a maximum of three children from four different local schools attend the programme and work in the Equestrian Yard and the Walled Gardens. Interns who choose this programme will work alongside one/two experienced facilitators and assist in the running of the session where children will experience all aspects of equine pony care and also learn about gardening through the management of an allotment.
This programme has a strong emphasis on the core competencies for social and emotional learning including self-management, social awareness and responsible decision making so all sessions are centred around these. Involvement in this programme is suitable for interns studying social sciences, education or studies which include and emphasis on the value or need of social and emotional competencies. This is a part time programme in the mornings during the school year.
Services and Training Programmes for Adults with Intellectual and Learning Disabilities Internship
Internship students for our Services and Training Programmes for Adults with Intellectual and Learning Disabilities must be age 16 or over and enjoy working with people of all abilities.
Interns will gain valuable knowledge and insight into the practices and procedures surrounding our Day Service and Rehabilitate Training programme for adults with intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities and dual diagnosis. This will be achieved through working alongside and supporting the Facilitators deliver person centred programmes for the men and women who attend the services. Interns will also support the Facilitators deliver programmes which aim to promote personal responsibility and self–worth.
Through working with new direction and guidelines currently in place for people with disabilities, Interns will learn different approaches and methods of supporting the men and women achieve their goals around independent living, health and fitness, family and relationships, education, training, volunteering and work experience. The placement is suitable for, but not limited to, students studying Social Care, Social work or Disability Studies degrees/masters. This placements is a one day a week Internship so may be combined with our other programmes.
Victorian Walled Gardens, Garden Centre, Cafe & Gift Shop and General Maintenance:
Internship students for our Victorian Walled Gardens, Garden Centre, Cafe & Gift Shop and General Maintenance must be age 16 or over and enjoy working with people of all abilities.
Children’s Workshops & Events Internship
To assist with developing and running workshops for children’s camps events and birthday parties.
Festina Lente holds a wide range of seasonal events for children throughout the year in the gardens and workshop rooms.
The Events include:
- Birthday parties
- Spring Mid–term camp
- St Patrick’s Day Fun
- Easter Camp
- Happy Hen Hunt
- Mega Dog Show
- School Tours May and June
- Summer Camp July and August
- Teddy Bear’s picnic
- Halloween Camp
- Pumpkin Carving
- Christmas craft workshops.
As an intern you:
- Will have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience working with children of all abilities.
- Will assist with and facilitate Creative Group Workshops
- Will assist with summer camp programming
- Have a Strong interest in art, crafts
- Will experience working with families and community groups.
- Must enjoy working with children age 5-12 years and helping them with their craft workshops and outdoor events.
- Must be available during school holiday times
- Will research and practice to incorporate purposeful play and educational activities that develop skills in young children such that they are age appropriate and include an education and craft component.
- Workshops are approximately an hour long and as such be planned for this time period. The intern will be required to complete a Child protection On Line Course and to be Garda Vetted.
Internship students for our office administration must be age 18 or over and Microsoft Windows & Office computer experience.
Internship Application Procedure:
Application forms for Internship need to be submitted at least 3 months prior to desired start date.
Due to the large number of people who apply for Internship we have an admissions protocol.
All applications submitted are dealt with once a week by part time staff therefore it is imperative that you allow yourself plenty of time before your desired start dates, we would request your patience with your application.
All applications must be made on our Internship Application Form. This allows us to have all information correctly filed; it also allows us to match expectations as closely as possible.
Application forms that are not fully completed, signed and with all the relevant information will NOT be processed and we will not be contacting anyone with incomplete forms.
On receipt of Internship applications, you can expect the following:
- A notification email will be sent of receipt of application/ email along with a link to complete an E-Learning Course from the National Disability Association.
- You will be contacted by phone or email in relation to an informal interview
- You must provide 2 referee’s
- You may be requested to give additional information relating to your experience
- You will be invited attend an informal interview either face to face or by telephone.
- You will be get notification of your acceptance if suitable or advice relating to training if needed.
- On the first day, you will be invited to an induction with staff.
Please note that this is not a paid internship and accommodation will have to be found privately by the student. We request that all students adhere to the dress code at Festina Lente. Students should wear a navy or black polo shirt, navy or black jumper or fleece, comfortable sturdy outdoor boots and navy or black trousers or denim jeans or navy, cream or black jodhpurs if working in the riding school. All students should have in their possession water proof clothing, and jewellery is not permitted on the yard, garden or general maintenance areas. We do not recommend you bring any valuables to Festina Lente. Mobile phones are not permitted in any of the riding school areas. You are required for Health and Safety reasons to wear reinforced safety boots in the Garden or if doing maintenance. We also recommend you wear appropriate gardening gloves while working with the soil.
Internship Application Forms
If you have any queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. (Andrea works Monday to Thursday 9:30am – 2pm)