Annually we offer a limited number of equine/ranching internships here at The DX Ranch for those 18 years and older. At this time, we do not have volunteer opportunities available. The internship program is not free as we provide room and board, as well as our decades of experience. Interns are allowed to bring, at their own transportation expense, one riding horse. Board for the horse is on us.
What makes Internships with The DX Ranch unique, is that from the first day, you will be involved in advancing your horsemanship while helping horses get better as well. You are not simply a go-fer and a groom. Rest assured, there will be chores to do as well, however none of those is a job we won’t do right alongside you at some point. We will work closely with your Universities to make sure that the curriculum meets the needs of each student.
Tuition for the internship program is as follows for students pursuing equine/ag related degrees:
- 4 weeks: $325/week
- 6 weeks: $300/week
- 8 weeks $275/week
Tuition for those interested in pursuing an internship that are not college students:
- First year internship is $525/week.
- Returning Interns may receive a reduced tuition rate based on their “try” from the previous year.
A non-refundable deposit of $250 is required to reserve your spot upon approval of your application. The balance is due one month prior to your arrival.
To ensure that you gain the most from your equine internship experience, these positions are typically offered to those with some previous horse experience. We’ve found that an 8 week duration allows the student to come away with the best grasp of what we’re teaching, however we can accommodate shorter or longer stays as needed. Opportunities for those who are younger, less experienced or interested in a shorter stay can be found on our clinic page. During your Internship you will gain experience in applying our philosophies in the following activities, among others:
- Halter Breaking
- Animal Husbandry
- Colt Starting
- Horseback cattle handling
- Ranch Roping
- Branding and doctoring cattle
- 4H/Youth Activities
Upon arrival we will work through fundamentals with you to determine your experience and course of study. We’ve found that every human and every horse have their own pace at which they learn the best, and we make it a point to try to identify yours early on. The horses you will handle during your stay will be chosen to suit your evolving abilities. We will not overwhelm any student (horse or Intern) with a highly intensive activity in order to complete an agenda. The Internship program runs from May through September each year. Currently, we can take up to 4 interns at a time for which we will provide food and (shared) lodging in the bunkhouse. We will provide no-cost transportation to and from airport in Pierre, SD. Other arrangements can be made on a case by case basis.
A non-refundable deposit of $250 is required to reserve your spot upon approval of your application. The balance is due one month prior to your arrival. While the deadline is April 15, 2015 for the 2015 program, submission, selection and offering of positions is an ongoing process so the spots could fill by deadline, however we will maintain a waiting list should those spots fill.
We require a video of you catching, saddling, bridling and riding a horse at all gaits. Video may be shared via YouTube, or Facebook, emailed or mailed via DVD. You may also provide additional material you feel you’d like to include for consideration at the time of submission. Completed Applications for the 2016 season are due by Midnight, March 15, 2016 and to be considered complete, must include a video. The form and video do not have to come together, but you do need to notify us when you’ve uploaded/mailed/emailed your video.
Click here (You should recieve an email with your responses. If you do not, please let us know and we will send you a direct link to fill out the application.)