Equine Intern Program

TAFE NSW in conjunction with Silverdale Academy is offering an immersive Horse Industry short course that includes a five day on-site Internship. This program aims to provide participants with an understanding combined with related experience.  

Course Outline

Interns will have the opportunity to be involved in hands-on activities, coupled with knowledge and theory sessions across the program. The program is designed to introduce interns to the roles and responsibilities of a career working with horses. It provides insight into the horse industry as a whole, encompassing horse breeding, spelling and agistment, racing, horse care, health and welfare, safe handling practices and general farm duties. 


Handle horses safely 

Load and unload horses

Work safely in equine workplaces

Participate in workplace communications

While studying at TAFE NSW and the Silverdale Academy, you can earn a Nationally recognised Industry Qualification. Your career will get the best start possible for a range of horse industry positions! The Internship program gives you a qualification that enables you to move into any sector of the horse industry with the opportunity to keep adding further qualifications – building credentials that are fit for industry requirements. 


“I have goals I want to achieve and the Silverdale Academy has made me more motivated to achieve them”

Since graduating from the Silverdale Academy Intern Program I have been working in a traineeship at Silverdale. It has been so rewarding being able to apply my knowledge to hands-on jobs and engage with the workers learning from the experience that is all around me. The staff at Silverdale are great and it really makes the learning process that much better. 

Thomas Moran - 2023 Summer Program Graduate


“It was a fantastic overall look at racing and all the different aspects… The visit to Silverdale Farm was a highlight…” 

Since graduating from the Intern Program, I have been riding for Gai Waterhoues & Adrian Bott Racing five mornings a week, and I absolutely love it. I have also been focused on training my off-the-track thoroughbred and continuing his transition into life after racing. Seeing him come into his own and show more of his quirky personality has been super rewarding. 

Georgia Gomm - 2023 Summer Program Graduate


“I have started working with John Sargent Racing at Randwick. Josh and John have both been so supportive and it is fitting into my routine quite well…” 


Thank you for the organisation of the week with all of the speakers and hands-on experience. All of the knowledge and people I have met throughout the course wouldn’t have been possible without your hardwork. Thank you for the assistance in getting me this experience in John… I will keep you up to date on my progress here.”

Nimo (Ruth) Wachira - 2024 Summer Program Graduate

Upcoming Opportunities

Silverdale Academy Autumn Intern Program

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Silverdale Academy Spring Intern Program

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Silverdale Academy Summer Intern Program

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For more information on any of The Silverdale Internship program or to apply, please use the Contact Us form below or email: dtiller@silverdalefarm.com.au linda.molloy@tafensw.com.au


Current opportunities are listed on this page. Alternatively, please email your application to: