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ANIMAL INTERNSHIPS b y N a n cy K o ch Tr an sit ion An im por t an t par t of t he Oppor t u n it ies Pr ogr am is w or k in g at in t er n sh ips in t h e com m u n it y. Wor k in g is an im por t an t t r an sit ion al goal t h at st u den t s look f or w ar d t o. In t er n sh ip placem en t s ar e det er m in ed by st u den t in t er est an d t h e sk ills t h ey w an t t o lear n . Th e TOP pr ogr am cu r r en t ly w or k s w it h t h r ee m ain sit es t h at allow st u den t s t o gain exper ien ces w it h an im als. Th ey ar e t h e M SPCA in M et h u en , t h e Rabbit Sh elt er in Biller ica, an d Sw eet Paw s Rescu e in Gr ovelan d. St u den t s lear n h ow t o t ak e car e of an im als, w h ich in clu des pr epar in g t h eir f ood an d w at er , clean in g t h eir cages, an d socializin g w it h t h e an im als. St u den t s en joy t h eir t im e at t h e in t er n sh ips an d ar e able t o lear n m an y sk ills an d bolst er t h eir r esu m es. Th e TOP pr ogr am is act ively look in g f or in t er n sh ips w it h an im als an d is look in g t o st ar t a par t n er sh ip w it h t h e St on e Zoo in St on eh am . Wh at do ou r an im als? you n g in t er n s t h in k abou t William : ?I lik e h elpin g pr epar in g t h e cages f or t h e dogs an d m ak in g su r e t h ey ar e in t h e r igh t spot .? M ar ian a: ?I lik e w or k in g w it h an im als becau se it 's less h ect ic t h an som e ot h er jobs I h ave don e. I lik e an im als, I lik e h elpin g t h em , an d I lik e t ak in g car e of t h em . I get t o lear n sk ills lik e clean in g dish es, pr epar in g t h eir f ood an d lear n in g abou t t h eir body lan gu age? PEN ROAD