Students & Interns

Updated 2/5/2019

We are now accepting student intern applications! Please read the following description carefully and contact us for more details.

Position Type: Paid Internship
Title: Equestrian Guide
Internship Summary: We are looking for motivated college students seeking an internship to join our team at Daufuskie Marsh Tacky Society for your next semester.

Would you like to take your passion for horses and apply it to equine business management, nonprofit management, hospitality and tourism, marketing and communications, and/or design? Or perhaps you have no horse experience but you have a strong desire to learn? Would you be excited about getting involved at the ground level of a newly formed, fast growing, charitable organization?

At Daufuskie Marsh Tacky Society, our mission is promote and protect the critically endangered Marsh Tacky horse within the context of its historical roots on Daufuskie Island through a comprehensive breeding program plus educational and special events. We also offer equestrian vacation destination packages and other activities like clinics, lessons and trail rides. Our organization is expecting to have a fast-paced work environment in 2019 and we seek talented students who crave learning new skills and aren’t afraid to tackle big projects. As an intern you will work with our staff, volunteers, board of directors and horses, while making significant impact on the positive growth of our organization.

Ideal candidates will be trustworthy, reliable, respectful, have experience handling and riding horses with a strong desire to improve their horsemanship skills, excellent communication skills, and a desire to give back to their community through helping others. Horse experience is preferred but not required. Students without horse experience but a strong desire to learn are encouraged to apply.

Students have the opportunity to gain hands-on, practical experience in the following areas:

  • Equine nutrition planning and management for horses in all stages of development from foal to working horse to broodmare
  • Pasture management
  • Basic record keeping
  • Equestrian facilities emergency preparedness
  • Understanding and administering basic equine first aid
  • Horse handling, grooming, groundwork training, driving and riding with a focus on the methods found in US Pony Club and Parelli Natural Horsemanship
  • Best practices for dude ranches and trail riding
  • Retail inventory and sales
  • Answering phones, customer service, booking appointments, concierge
  • Social media and website management
  • Special events planning
  • Public relations and communications


Students who do not meet the following criteria need not apply.

  • Dedication to pursuing the equestrian, nonprofit management, business administration, historic preservation, hospitality and tourism, marketing and communications, and/or veterinary fields
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and posting to social media channels
  • Ability to work independently and at times when unsupervised
  • Ability to be creative, flexible and resourceful in problem solving
  • Excellent communication skills
  • An interest in understanding the historical significance of the Marsh Tacky breed to South Carolina history, heritage, and legacy, and why it is important to save the breed
  • A valid US drivers license
  • Ability to lift 40 lbs

    We value all of our interns and will go the extra mile to make sure you receive a learning experience that fits your career goals. You will enjoy a degree of flexibility in choosing what tasks, projects and jobs best suit your interests. Fringe benefits of interning with us include
    horseback riding or simply hanging out on our beautiful beaches during your scheduled free time on the island. Students who truly apply themselves once selected for this highly competitive position will make professional contacts, work references, experiences, memories and friends for life. Skills you will learn:
  • Administrative Support
  • Secretarial
  • Ordering & Scheduling
  • Horses
  • Natural Horsemanship
  • Horse Care
  • Facilities Management
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Non-profit Program Development
  • Special Events Planning
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Horse Training
  • Retail Sales
  • Tour Guide
  • Farm Equipment Operator

Position start and end times are designed to fit the student’s unique class calendar. Positions will be Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter. Internship compensation will be in the form of college credit for coursework and/or a stipend. Daufuskie Marsh Tacky Society will provide ferry transportation, land transportation, meals and overnight accommodations where applicable. Part time interns will be expected to work 12 hours per week. Full time interns will be expected to work at least 30 but no more than 40 hours per week. To request an application please email . Once your application has been reviewed, two letters (email is sufficient) of recommendation will be required for qualified candidates. Upon acceptance into the internship program, details will be finalized.

Erica Veit
Founder & Director
Daufuskie Marsh Tacky Society
Box 87
Daufuskie Island, SC

The history, culture and heritage that the Marsh Tacky represents belongs to all of us and it should be shared by everyone!