WIHS Internship program

meet the 2021 summer interns
Kathryn jernick

Age when you started riding: 5

Favorite equine influences/heroes/rider: Margie Engle, Beezie Madden

Equine dream/goals: When I am ready, I would love to say that I have jumped a Grand Prix.

Who is an Equine mentor you have: Amber Harte – not only is she my trainer and has given me more knowledge in riding than I could have ever imagined having, she is also the most honest, genuine, hardworking horsewoman I know. 

Fun Fact: Embarrassing or not (you decide), I have probably every episode of “The Office” memorized. Give me a line and I can name the season and episode.

PC: Emily Dehoff

isabelle larrabee

Age when you started riding: 5

Favorite equine influences/heroes/rider: Devin Ryan, Laura Kraut, Lori Larrabee

Equine dream/goals: Being able to involve myself more in my mom’s show jumper prospects business and to continue competing.

Hobbies Outside of the Barn: I am a trained vocalist and enjoy managing an online resale shop.

Plans after Graduation: Being able to combine my education with my passion for horses through equine law or management positions.

Fun Fact: It took me two years to convince my horse Muffin that apples were delicious and now they are one of her favorite treats. And yes, she loves stealing muffins if given the chance.

PC: The Book LLC

sierra steigerwald

Favorite equine influences/heroes/rider: Devin Ryan, Laura Kraut, Lori Larrabee

Age when you started riding: I started riding at the age of 4 and became competitive at the age of 7.

Favorite Equine influences/heroes/rider: My favorite equine influencer is Taylor Bodson. She has really inspiring stories and gives tips on how to survive in the A/O Hunter ring. I also really enjoy listening to her podcast called Amateur Hour.

Equine dream/goals: My equine goal for this year is to get back in the show ring with my horse. I haven’t shown in a year due to COVID-19 so I am looking forward to starting my amateur career! A future equine goal of mine would be to show at the WEF. I have never gotten the opportunity to go, so it is at the top of my horse show list!

Fun Fact: A fun fact about myself is that I own an equine business called My Charmed Horse.  I started My Charmed Horse in 2016 and I have continued with it ever since!  It has been such an amazing experience watching the business continue to grow over the years.

PC: Diana Hadsall Photography

Madison woodward-allen

Age when you started Riding: I started riding when I was 5, starting showing/competing when I was 10.

Favorite Equine Influences/heroes/rider: Beezie Madden, Reed Kessler, McLain Ward

Equine dream/goals: To own a farm in Florida filled with nice horses for my future amateur show career (after I become an attorney)

Who is an equine mentor you have: Pam Baker because I not only learned how to ride better under her guidance but also learned some very valuable life lessons that I will keep with me forever, such as the importance of intestinal fortitude and treating your horse as a respected partner because they try their hearts out for us. She taught me what horsemanship really means and that hard work always wins, you just have to put the time in and keep a positive mental attitude. It’s not always about the ribbons!

Fun Fact: I have competed at WIHS twice, on small pony Nimbustwothousand AKA “Harry” in 2013 and horse Zealand AKA “Noodle” in 2017.

PC: Ride on Sports Photography

wihs intern opportunities

Apply for the opportunity to intern with the Washington International Horse Show and learn what goes into producing the country’s leading metropolitan indoor equestrian event. WIHS interns gain valuable professional experience and learn about all aspects of our business, including event logistics, operations, sponsorship, hospitality, marketing and communications, while earning credit towards a college degree.

WIHS accepts applications for part-time, unpaid, remote internships throughout the calendar year. Applications are considered according to the following schedule. Application deadline for:

  • Summer Semester Internships: April 1 (May-August)
  • Fall Semester Internships August 1 (September-December)
  • Spring Semester Internships December 1 (January-May)

The right candidates are outgoing, motivated and detail-oriented with strong writing, project management and organizational skills, an interest in learning about our business, and a willingness to handle administrative and clerical duties. Ideal candidates must work well under pressure and possess excellent communications and customer service skills, the ability to multi-task, proficiency with standard office and graphic design software and a strong work ethic. A solid understanding of the hunter/jumper world is also important. 

Development & Hospitality Internship
The Development & Hospitality Intern will assist in all areas of sponsorship development, sales and fulfillment, including creating presentations and tracking on-site amenities. This internship is also involved with Hospitality and Event support during show week for VIPs and sponsors. Tasks include tracking of VIP tables, executing exhibitor parties, organizing décor and menus, and providing client services to our sponsors, partners and supporters. 

Marketing & Communications Internship
The Marketing & Communications Intern will assist in all areas of marketing, public relations and community outreach. They will help prepare e-blasts, press releases, social media posts, website content and printed publications. The intern will also help maintain accurate records on marketing partnerships, press coverage and clippings, contracts and mailing lists. Familiarity with Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator are a plus.

Events & Operations Internship
The Events & Operations Intern will assist in the planning, execution and coordination of several events and logistical projects including Barn Night, Kids’ Day, the Silent Auction, Boutique Shopping Vendors and the WIHS Souvenir Store. The intern will also assist in coordinating the WIHS Junior Committee, show week volunteers and evening exhibitions, as well as provide support on operational, administrative and show management projects.

Candidates must:

  • Be able to commit remotely to at least one semester, minimum 15 hours per week
  • Be enrolled in undergraduate or graduate school or recently graduated
  • Ideal candidates are able to commit through the selected semester, however, all candidates will be considered.


How to Apply
To apply, send your resume and cover letter, including a thoughtful explanation of why you believe you would be a strong addition to the WIHS team, to info@wihs.org with the subject line: Internship. Please indicate in your personal cover letter which internship and semester you are applying for and why.


WIHS is an official USEF Heritage Competition, and is recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (CSI4*-W), US Equestrian (6* Jumpers, Premier Hunters), US Hunter Jumper Association, Maryland Horse Show Association, and Virginia Horse Show Association.