College Students are the next generation of animal welfare leaders!
At Wayside Waifs, we work one-on-one with college students, to promote the 25 different types of job opportunities at Wayside Waifs - including Canine and Feline Care Technicians, Veterinarian, Veterinary Technician, Finance Associate, Marketing Coordinator, Humane Educator, Non Profit Manager and Facilities Manager. We typically have four interns and 15 Job Shadow students per year.
College Student Opportunities
Other Ways to Engage
Look for Wayside Waifs at your college's next career fair. These events have proven to be very helpful college students wanting to network with Wayside Waifs to learn about internships, job shadowing, employment opportunities and student volunteer programs.
College Student Volunteer and Education Days
Wayside Waifs welcomes college student groups for educational tours and volunteer days. The student groups, often fraternities and sororities, volunteer at our shelter for the day and learn about career opportunities. Many students come back to volunteer, adopt and share the shelter's mission with the community.
Capstone and School Projects
Wayside Waifs works with area students and educational institutions to provide Capstone Project and general school project opportunities. Projects fulfill students' class need(s) while meeting shelter needs as well. This program is great for learning about all aspects of animal welfare. Students will also get hands on working experience with a nonprofit organization.
"Capstone is an opportunity to practice communication skills to learn how people live in, feel about and take active roles in the community. My project consists of observing and conducting interviews to gain a better understanding of the organization." Laurie Murphy, Rockhurst University Student;
"In school, we learn a lot about hypotheticals and ideas but we don't often get to actually put these notions into action and see if and how the real world reacts to them. At Wayside, I was able to not only help develop these ideas but was able to put them onto paper and see firsthand how they directly impacted the animals and volunteers." Katie Hess, University of Kansas Student
If you are interested in one of our College Experience opportunities, please contact Amanda Smasal or call 816-986-4422.
Marketing interns receive real world experience by
being interviewed at KSHB TV.
Invite your fraternity or sorority to volunteer for the day.
"My experience at Wayside gave me real life experience to add to my resume."