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Harvest Hosts Seeks Applicants for Cow Cuddling Internship

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Harvest Hosts announced its Cow Cuddling Internship program for the summer of 2024. This internship offers an opportunity for passionate individuals to immerse themselves in the therapeutic practice of cuddling with cows (and mini cows) while contributing to their well-being, Harvest Hosts said.

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As a Cow Cuddling intern, participants will engage in a journey of compassion and care, curating cow cuddling experiences at various Harvest Hosts locations across the country. Interns will also play a crucial role in training emotional support cows at local farms, ensuring they are comfortable and safe for human interaction and providing visitors with memorable cuddling sessions. This is a fit for someone seeking a hands-on role open to a half-and-half balance of work and travel.

“The Cow Cuddling internship isn’t just about cows — it’s about fostering connections, promoting animal welfare and creating unforgettable mooments,” said Joel Holland, CEO of Harvest Hosts. “Through this udderly amazing opportunity, we aim to provide not only hands-on experience but also steer personal growth and enrichment for the intern as well as our community of Hosts. We’re thrilled for a passionate individual with just the right chops to join the herd supporting local businesses and communities while making a positive difference in the lives of our beloved animals and members alike.”


Interns will be tasked with a range of responsibilities, including:

  • Providing gentle and affectionate cuddling sessions for cows to promote relaxation and stress relief
  • Training emotional support animals to acclimate to close proximity to humans
  • Assisting with feeding, grooming and overall cow care
  • Supporting farm operations and participating in educational programs for visitors
  • Promoting animal welfare and adhering to ethical standards for animal care


Candidates for the internship should possess the following qualifications:

  • Genuine love and dedication to animals, particularly cows
  • Strong interpersonal skills and enthusiasm for teamwork
  • Moderate fitness level and commitment to safety protocols
  • Willingness to travel to multiple Harvest Hosts locations across the U.S.
  • Previous experience with animal care or farm work (preferred)
  • Expertise in farm-themed lullabies and poetry (preferred)
  • Ability to interpret bovine behavior and communication cues (preferred)

Interns selected for the program will enjoy a range of benefits, including hands-on experience in animal care and welfare, exclusive access to Harvest Hosts’ network of over 5,000 locations, and an RV provided for the duration of the internship, if interns do not have their own. Additionally, interns will receive a daily stipend covering food, gas and other expenses, along with the opportunity to earn college credit if compatible with their school’s program. This program offers the chance to make a meaningful impact on the well-being of cows while gaining valuable skills and experiences in a supportive and enriching environment.

For more information and to apply for the internship, click here.

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