Step 7 of the PW Hiring Process

You are currently viewing Step 7 of the hiring process at Pet World Lawrence.

1. Learn more about our rehoming center
2. Apply online
3. Complete text interview
4. Complete phone interview
5. Complete observation and prescreening
6. Complete in-person or video chat
7. Complete Paid Internship

(40-80 hours total depending on individual progress per zone)

While most academic and industry specific careers expect applicants to complete 3-6 month unpaid internships, we think at least a little compensation is appropriate for this part. To us, an internship is like the final part of the interview process. We believe it's vitally important for a new hire to get a realistic look at what the job will entail. However, shadowing takes time and not all new hires have the time or financial resources to complete traditional, unpaid internships. So we meet you in the middle and offer moderate compensation for internship time.

At any point during the internship phase, the company is free to withdraw the job offer and applicants are free to decline the offer. No hard feelings either way.

Intern Level 1
(your first 1.5 - 2 hours, up to 10 hours total, including all zones)
Observation Only: $10 an hour for your time

For your first 60-90 minutes shadowing in a specific zone you'll carefully observe an associate while they work. During your prescreen we confirmed after a few minutes in each zone that you had no fears, allergies, or limitations that would prevent you from doing the job. This 60-90 minute shadowing will give you a more in depth  perspective to help you decide if you want to keep pursuing employment. You’ll have a backstage pass to watch our staff in action and see if you’d like to be part of our team. For Zones 1, 2, and 3 (primary livestock zones) you’ll observe our opening or closing procedure and for Zone 7 (dog/cat supplies) you’ll shadow an employee two or three times during business hours and try to keep up!

Intern Level 2
(up to 20 hours total, including all zones)
Guided Participation: $11 hourly rate

After shadowing in a zone for 60-90 minutes at Level 1, if you’re thinking you want the job, Level 2 shifts provide the opportunity for hands-on learning with a trainer. You’ll work alongside them for the same 60-90 minute procedure and practice what you’ve seen demonstrated. You are still in the interview and internship stage at this point and either party is free to part ways at any time with no obligation to the other.

Intern Level 3
(30-50 hours total, depending on individual progress per zone)
Demonstration: $12 hourly rate

After one Level 2 shift in a particular zone, interns still seeking employment will attempt to complete their next shift with only supervision and little to no help. At the end of your attempt, your trainer will decide if your shift qualifies as Level 3 or if you’ll need to try again. Interns have up to two attempts to demonstrate competency and independence. If the third attempt still requires more than basic supervision we’ll need to reevaluate whether or not the job would be right for you. 

You are still not officially hired at this point. We're merely compensating you for the required part of your interview that is basically an internship. As soon as your performance demonstrates Level 3 competency and efficiency you’ll be given longer Level 3 intern shifts to practice independence (with trainers accessible but at a distance). Typically you’ll need to demonstrate three Level 3 shifts, each at least three hours long, and decide you are 100% committed to securing employment before your trainers will recommend you for the paid apprenticeship program and a job offer will be made. At this time you’ll need to complete Orientation (if you haven’t already) before you can officially accept your paid apprenticeship.

8. Complete Orientation
9. Begin Paid Apprenticeship
10. Complete Apprenticeship and officially join the team!