Passion for shelter animals leads to internship, future profession

Posted by Centre News in Community Service, English, Internships, News 06 Mar 2018

Taking advantage of Centre College’s academic credit internships—an opportunity guaranteed through the Centre Commitment —Jana LaRue ’18 works with one of Lexington’s only no-kill animal shelters, Paws 4 the Cause.

Combining her passion for animals and her English major, she assists the organization with marketing and promotion projects, focusing on compiling much-needed information for a fundraising event in May.

Additionally, she has coordinated adoption events, aiding organization members with adoption counseling and matching applicants to dogs that fit their lifestyles.

Elaborating on these adoption counseling sessions, LaRue notes that she finds these events particularly enjoyable experiences, as they allow her to connect with the local community.

“What I love most is adoption counseling, because I get to meet many interesting people and help them find their new best friend, while also helping a dog find its forever home,” she said.

Although LaRue will graduate with an English major, Centre’s interdisciplinary curriculum and its diverse extracurricular community gave her the opportunity to work with shelter animals.

“I have been able to do research, work on enrichment and do marketing photography with the local shelter in Danville, which led me to seek this internship in Lexington,” she explained.

With this internship, she hopes to gain better knowledge of the non-profit industry to boost her career after Centre. She also aspires to continue working with animals professionally or personally.

“I intend to always volunteer at local shelters and encourage other animal lovers to do so as well—there’s always something that needs to be done,” she concluded.

By Kathleen Murphy ’18
March 6, 2018

Learn more about the Center for Career and Professional Development and internship opportunities guaranteed through the Centre Commitment. To see examples of other internships held by Centre students, visit the College’s Internship and Research Spotlight on Tumblr.