Internship Program

In 2021 we launched an all year round Animal Welfare Internship Opportunity for Veterinary Students & University Students at our cat rescue shelter in Athens, Greece.

We invite your to come to Greece to learn, to train for your future career and make a difference!   

 

  • You will gain hands-on experience in animal care, shelter management, animal welfare organization work, animal welfare management in general and much more.

 

  • You will receive guidance from professionals in their field, gain new friends and contacts and experience life in Greece for the people and animals.

  • Our Internship program also includes an array of fun activities in order to experience local Greece and many of the amazing sites to visit and key ecological projects we help to support.

Watch our video to learn more about our Internship Program!

Who will benefit from the internship

  • Students of Veterinary Medicine Schools

  • Students of colleges and universities with animal-related studies and degrees (Animal Science, Animal Behavior, Biology etc.)

  • Students of Business Administration programs who want to pursue a career in Animal Shelter Management or Non Profit Organization Management

Our collaborators:

  • Veterinarians

  • Animal behavior experts

  • Holistic animal care practitioners (chiropractors, acupuncturists and other specialists)

  • Educators

  • Local dog shelters

  • Rehabilitation facilities for abused and vulnerable animal

For more information about our Internship Program, internship fees and available dates, please contact us atadministration@letsbesmart.org

Gain Life-Changing Experiences in the Field of Your Dreams!

Our Interns in 2021

Sarah/Ireland
Sarah/Ireland
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Kristina/Sweden
Kristina/Sweden
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Majka/Poland
Majka/Poland
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Máire/Ireland
Máire/Ireland
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Abby/USA
Abby/USA
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Aimée/Ireland
Aimée/Ireland
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Talitha/Ireland
Talitha/Ireland
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Katja/Germany
Katja/Germany
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Testimonials

Here is what some of our interns wrote about their experience:

“When I first decided to sign up for the internship I felt crazy for wanting to travel all the way to Greece for veterinary experience, but I told myself if I didn’t take this opportunity now I would regret it later. How I was so right about that. As a vet student, I greatly expanded my understanding of veterinary medicine. I was able to improve my clinical skills in surgery, learn the differences in veterinary medicine between Greece and my home country, and learn about the unique challenges to animal welfare in Greece. I was extremely impressed about the depth and attention to detail Let’s Be S.M.A.R.T. put into planning the internship, alongside working day and night caring for their shelter cats. However, this organization definitely lives by the motto “work hard, play hard.” After internship activities and shelter duties were finished, each day we still had plenty of time to explore Greece or simply hang out with the other volunteers. There were also organized group outings with the volunteers to the beach, tavernas, and we even went sea kayaking. Everyone was so incredibly kind and they all have such enormous hearts for their animals. It really is inspiring to work with so many people passionate towards improving animal welfare in Greece”

 

Abby Bamberger (USA), The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Vet Intern 2021

I’m at the end of the 3rd year of my veterinary studies and this year I participated for the first time in the Let’s Be S.M.A.R.T. program. It was an amazing experience! Every day I took care of the cats and participated in the life of the cat residents of the shelter, which actually looks more like a cat’s paradise. As a veterinary student I was visiting vet clinics and also took part in the sterilization of stray cats. During my internship I had the opportunity to learn many new things, both closely related to the veterinary medicine and the daily care for animals. In my free time I visited beach, went on trips and explored Greece. I met many wonderful people from all over the world and also learned a lot about Greek culture, flora and fauna which was extremely interesting. It seems to me that it is very important to exchange experiences. It is also important to see how the real veterinarian work looks like in different places around the world. I encourage everyone to come here.”

Majka Duda (Poland), University of Agriculture in Krakow, University Center of Veterinary Medicine,

Vet Intern 2021