Down Home Ranch offers a wide variety of opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students seeking on-the-job training in a unique environment. We encourage students to email us at [email protected] with questions.

Types of Internships Offered

Down Home Ranch is flexible and will strive to accommodate educational requirements. Here are some examples of college majors which could be easily integrated into our operations:

  • Agriculture
    • Animal Husbandry, Horticulture, Organic & Traditional Food Production
  • Business
    • Accounting, Corporate and Non Profit Business Administration
  • Communications
    • Marketing, Journalism, Public Relations, Performing Arts
  • Education
    • General Ed, Special Education, Disability Studies
  • Health
    • Kinesiology, Nursing, Nutrition, Public Health
  • Human Services
    • Recreational Therapy, Sociology, Social Work

Affiliated Universities and Programs

  • Austin Community College
  • St. Edwards University
    • Master of Arts in Counseling; Social Work Program)
  • University of St. Augustine
    • Masters in Occupational Therapy
  • University of Texas at Austin –Steve Hicks School of Social Work
    • Masters in the Science of Social Work
    • Bachelors of Social Work
  • University of the Southwest
    • Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling
  • Texas State University
    • Psychology
    • Social Work
  • Round Rock ISD
    • Teacher Externship

Carlee C., LPC-i Counseling Intern from The Christi Center:

“I had a Rancher tell me that driving through the gates of Down Home Ranch was like driving into a new world. He said everything outside was left behind, and you could be a part of this peaceful place. I wholeheartedly agree with that. Being an intern at Down Home Ranch was a comfortable and encouraging experience. When you arrive, you never once feel like a stranger–from the staff to the ranchers, I always felt like I belonged. Developing relationships with the Ranchers felt natural and easy. Interning at the ranch gives you an opportunity to work with clients on their terms in their environment. You get to see them where they are most comfortable and sometimes most vulnerable. Inevitably, that goes both ways, and you can often feel that same comfort and vulnerability when working with all of these wonderful people. Being an intern at the Ranch allowed me to be a part of the Ranchers' world in a way I could not have experienced elsewhere. I believe interning at Down Home Ranch is a very different kind of intern experience that anyone could appreciate.”