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Come Join The Fun And Intern With Us!

The Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association (CATRA) is committed to providing an internship experience that will acquaint students/recent graduates with the working environment of the therapeutic riding industry, while providing them with hands-on experiences in the barn and arena.

Interns Will:

Gain experience working with adults and children with special needs.
Gain experience working in a non-profit.
Learn about horses and the field of Equine Assisted Services.
Learn valuable leadership skills through partnering with horses.
Build upon soft skills that all employers look for such as: communication, teamwork, adaptability, problem solving, and creativity.
Grow personally and professionally through getting out of your comfort zone.

What Are We Looking For In An Intern?

Highly motivated/self starter
Strong interest in learning and willing to ask questions
Responsible and dependable
Accepting of feedback and coachable
Positive attitude
Willing to do physical labor and work outside
Interest in non-profit work, special needs, social work, horses, teaching, etc. (Horse knowledge is not required but comfort around horses is a must.)
High school Juniors/Seniors or College Students

We Offer:

Equine Assisted and animal assisted programs.
Miniature Horse Program.
Equine care and handling.


  • Supporting participants in therapeutic riding lessons through side walking.
  • Leading horses in therapeutic riding lessons.
  • Prepping barn, arena, and horses for various equine assisted services.
  • Assisting with trainings and events.
  • Caring for the herd through feed time and daily barn chores.

Our Mission

CATRA provides quality equine and animal-assisted therapeutic programs to the people of the Capital area.

Our vision is to be a center of excellence where equines and other animals enrich the lives of people of all abilities to enhance physical, spiritual, intellectual, mental, emotional, and social well-being through a holistic approach.