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Tenth Life Internship Spring 2019 - Unpaid

Interested in making a difference in the lives of cats while earning college credit and developing your career with hands-on, real-world nonprofit work experience? Below is an overview our current internship opportunities.

To apply, please send your resume with cover letter along with any letters of recommendation to by November 31, 2018 for Spring 2019 semester consideration. 
Applicants who fail to follow these instructions may not be considered.


Brief Overview

This position assists the operations manager and executive director of Tenth Life.  In this multi-faceted role, you will learn how to plan, organize, and implement programs and events, along with gaining volunteerism experience including recruitment, training, and retention. This internship program offers real-world experience in the field of nonprofit animal welfare and comes with real-life work expectations including but not limited to: punctuality, commitment, enthusiastic teamwork, inclusion, positivity, and mission sensitivity. This internship is designed to provide educational, hands-on experience for college students, recent graduates, or individuals wishing to learn more about working in non-profit organizations with a specific focus on animal welfare. It is challenging and rewarding work. 

Duties and Responsibilities

There are a variety of roles and responsibilities that will be assigned throughout the internship as we are a very small, all-hands-on-deck staff. No task is too big, or too small for anyone on our team. We also have a lot of fun as we work together to educate, equip, encourage and empower our community to give cats the lives they deserve.

This is a hands-on role which requires in-person patient, positive, respectful and engaging interaction with our cats, community, volunteers, and staff. You will work on site to ensure that the cats are healthy and cared for in a manner consistent with our very high expectations. The role requires extreme attention to detail and an affection for cats.

The scope of your internship may include any of the following and additional tasks and projects as assigned:

  • Assist with ensuring the health and safety of all Tenth Life cats.

  • Ensure our adoption center is clean, free of hazards, and presentable

  • Work with the operations manager to ensure that everyone (volunteers, visitors, staff, etc.) are well taken care of, heard, and respected and that the operations manager is apprised of any issues.

  • Assist with the execution of 2-3 major events as well as smaller community events, including but not limited to our annual Hissin Hustle 5k/10k/catwalk and Trivia Night

  • Work events, including nights & weekends (additional events on an availability basis)

  • Assist event chairs with coordination of food & hospitality, logistics, volunteers, design, speakers, communications, etc.

  • Recruit and manage relationships with Tenth Life event sponsors and partners

  • Conduct or assist with formal trainings and presentations

  • Assist with on-site donation coordination and tracking

  • Assist with scheduling and volunteer recruitment

  • Assist with maintaining our positive online communities and the Tenth Life inboxes

  • Assist with special projects for Tenth Life staff, visitors, and volunteers

  • Assist with creation & execution of content for Tenth Life social media and editorial calendar

  • Typical physical activities include: standing/walking for up to 4 hours, some periods of time outdoors in variety of weather, lifting and transporting tables and boxes of materials for outreach work and events, long periods seated in one place, on computer and phone.

  • Assist with auction and raffle item procurement and tracking

  • Other administrative tasks and duties as needed


Internships require a flexible schedule of 20 - 40 hours per week, with some weekends and evenings required. Interns will work a few weekly office hours at our offices at Nebula Coworking (3407 S Jefferson Ave) but will spend most of their time working with the Operations Manager at Tenth Life (3202 Cherokee Street).

Internships are unpaid; we gladly work with eligible students to arrange school credit, and we are committed to providing interns with leadership opportunities. Applicants do not need to be current students.

  • Personal integrity and commitment to Tenth Life’s mission, vision, and core values

  • Experience with cats is a plus – but not required. Must enjoy the company of cats.

  • Strong, compelling communicator, both written and verbal, individually and in groups

  • Outgoing personality with the ability to work with cats and people of diverse backgrounds, customer service background a plus

  • Must be motivated a self-starter who likes to take initiative and work with a degree of autonomy, even in situations with some ambiguity

  • Flexible and positive when priorities change quickly as we expect the unexpected

  • Able to keep composure in tense situations

  • Detail oriented with the ability to multitask and handle multiple projects simultaneously and effectively

  • Build, track, and update event spreadsheets and our donor database (Donor Tools) relative to tracking guests, sponsors, volunteers and various communications.

  • List and manage volunteer events

  • Typical physical activities include: walking for up to 3 hours, periods of time outdoors in variety of weather, lifting and transporting tables and boxes of materials for outreach work, and long periods seated in one place, on computer and phone.

  • Work events as listed above, including nights & weekends (additional events on an availability basis)

  • Assist with auction and raffle item procurement and tracking

  • Strong computer skills are a plus as is familiarity with the following programs but a willingness and ability to learn quickly is also appreciated: Google Products, Asana, Petstablished, Microsoft Word and Excel

  • Other duties as assigned


Required Skills and Specific Educational Expectations

  • Must be 21 years or older

  • Commit to being mentored by a mentor chosen by the Tenth Life Director

  • Commit to Professional Development as a team

  • Move to, commute to, or live in Saint Louis, Missouri

  • Commit to a start date in/before January 2019

Performance Expectations and Appearance

Interns are expected to be punctual and dress appropriately for each work day. The position requires a person that is positive, enjoys working with pets and a diverse group of people, and is a cooperative, inclusive team player with all staff members and event volunteers.


  • Adheres to Tenth Life policies

  • Ensures compliance with state and federal guidelines

  • Protects Tenth Life’s assets from liability.

  • Ensures the physical safety of Tenth Life clients and staff.

  • Protects the confidentiality of clients, donors, board, and all areas of operation.

  • Tenth Life is a tobacco-free workplace and an equal opportunity, inclusive employer.