Pet Parents

“Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life, a dichotomy in which you hate what you do so you can have pleasure in your spare time. Look for a situation in which your work will give you as much happiness as your spare time.” - Pablo Picasso

You’re passionate (especially about pets) and quick on your toes – the type of person who likes to jump into different situations and quickly become the problem solver through your awesome communication, planning, creativity, empathy, organization, and decision-making skills. If you’re thinking, “Well that’s creepy, how do they already know that much about me?” - Keep reading. You might be the person we’re looking for.


Get Sh*t Done.

Set goals – and then squash them.

Work under pressure.

Pay attention to details & stay organized.

Use data to form ideas, then take action to bring those ideas to life.

Interact with fellow pet lovers.

Get your hands on a variety of different projects.

Be a part of a small, fun, & energetic team.

Learn & become an expert on different topics.

Grow professionally.

Pet Parents® Company Values:

Pets Are Family

We treat our pets just like we treat our humans. We believe pets deserve their own toy box. We spend more money on our pet’s haircuts than our own. Pictures of them take up more space on our phones than selfies. We research and care about what goes into our pets’ bodies. We celebrate their birth and adoption days. We cherish every moment we are blessed with their companionship.

We are dog people. We are cat people. We are pet people. Pets are family.

Man’s Best Friend

Whether it’s our customers or our pack, we value our relationships and always go above and beyond. We are caring and thoughtful about our customer’s experience. We strive to surprise and “WOW” with action.

Our team, known as our pack, relies on each other in order to accomplish our common goals. This means keeping ourselves & each other accountable, being transparent, communicating clearly, and always thinking of others.

My Favorite Toy

Dogs are passionate about their favorite toy, bone, ball, teddy, stuffed porcupine, you name it. We get excited when we talk about the work we do. We love our favorite ball and love playing with it all day. We “nerd out” on the details. We are not waiting for the clock to hit 5pm. We leave it all out in the yard - we don’t half-a**. Our pack is passionate.

Every Sniff Matters

We are not surface level thinkers. We sniff & analyze everything, think deeply about variables and piece together different smells to form strategies, plans, and conclusions.

We are continuously questioning everything. Why do we do it this way? How do our customers feel? How can we do better?

Top Dog

We are the top dogs of our domains, if we’re not today, we will be and will work harder than the next to make it happen. We take ownership of our work and are constantly improving. We go the extra mile to push the boundaries to stay on top.

We do more with less. We’re resourceful. We work with a sense of urgency, but we work smarter, not just harder. We add value to everything we do, to move the needle.

Be A Tail-Wagger

Dogs are always excited, energetic, and happy - their tails always wag. We aspire to be tail-waggers like them. We are positive, no matter the situation. We find & embrace the good in all outcomes. Even if we piddle on the floor, we learn from our mistakes and continue on. We are playful and fun. We are always down for a game of fetch.

We know this is work, but we like to have a doggone good time doing it.

About Pet Parents®:

We were born from a pain point with our own pets. We leaped onto the scene at the beginning of 2016, at least doubling every year since. In 2020, Inc. ranked Pet Parents® as the #1 fastest growing company in Iowa, #378 of the Inc. 5000 fastest growing companies in America, also gaining us the #1 fastest growing pet products company in the US.

Our brands and product lines are at the crossing of two macro pet industry trends, the humanization of pets, and a focus on pet healthcare. The stars have aligned for us and we're clawing our way to seize this moment.

We love, love, love what we do and what our company stands for – and we get excited to show that through our hard work.

We're a scrappy group of pet-loving bada**es looking for fellow top dogs to join our pack. Will it be you?

Your Role in Our Pack:

This is a paid, summer (June-Aug) part time or full time internship with flexible hours in our Ankeny office. We are very willing to work with college schedules! This opportunity has the potential to extend past the given dates.

As a Product Development Intern, you will...

- Assist in design, sourcing, strategizing, negotiating, testing and just all-around moving the needle on the creation of new products and optimization of existing.

- Have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you have learned in college and demonstrate your awesome abilities in the real-life workplace.

- Work alongside other pack members, while also having your own independent projects.

- Gain experience that will broaden your skillset and expand your knowledge, allowing you to become an even more badass professional.

- Get to be hands on in the entire process of product development and you will get to sniff and analyze different products, processes, and gather data to then present your own ideas/feedback for management review.

In addition, you will get to touch various aspects of our company: product design, product marketing, sourcing, negotiating, process optimization, product development, research, data collection, planning, positioning, etc.

This role requires an uber-precise focus on understanding the ins-and-outs of Microsoft Excel, product design software such as Autocad, Fusion 360, Inventor, SolidWorks, a high level of organization, planning, creative thinking, process improvement, negotiating, critical thinking, mathematics, relationship management, creativity, design, strong consumer empathy, time & project management, written & verbal communication, troubleshooting, & analytical, technical, & superb problem-solving skills.

If it has not been made clear enough - It is our intention and goal to allow you to put the knowledge and skills you have learned in school to real-life use, while ensuring that you are strengthening and expanding them. This gives you the opportunity to learn and grow skillsets that you will be able to use for the rest of your career.

This role has the potential opportunity of moving beyond a summer internship, into a part-time position during the school year and the possibility of becoming a full-time position upon graduation.

If this sounds appetizing to you and you’re thinking, “Hell yeah! Sign me up!” Let’s move forward to our “Must Haves.”


- Currently enrolled as a junior or senior pursuing an undergraduate, bachelor's degree in Industrial Design or a related field

- Love Dogs and/or Cats

- Have a go-getter mentality

- Have the ability to focus and get shit done

- Be able to successfully communicate ideas, problems, and solutions

- Have a problem-solver mindset and willingness to tackle any problem thrown your way

- Be detail-oriented and organized

- Have comfortability in working with Microsoft Office & being a quick learner in understanding various softwares

- Be able to be a team player but also work independently

- Have effective project management skills and be able to prioritize and handle multiple tasks and projects

The "Treats" We Offer

· Flexible working hours

· Kick-a** co-workers and great memories

· Company Events such as occasional free lunches and team outings

· Snack and beverage bar

· Brand New Offices (end of 2021)

· Unlimited growth potential for leaders of the pack

· Extensive opportunities to learn, grow and advance your career

If our core values vibe with you, your potential role excites you and you're down to join us in becoming the top dogs in the pet industry, let’s do this thing!