Participant in a veterinary experience internship
In her junior year, Sarah knew she would have to take certain steps to show vet schools that her interest was marine mammals even though she was at a school with a large, domestic animal focus. When she saw Sea Life Park, Hawaii, had a veterinary experience internship for the spring semester, she knew that was what she wanted to do. She went to their website and applied. Their internships are ideal for students who love marine mammals and want hands–on experience working with them. Internships may also involve research projects within an assigned group. Those working within the marine mammals and our Reef Life departments will also have the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of animal training through a unique phase training program. This allows individuals to familiarize themselves with the training techniques and terminology used at Sea Life Park Hawai'i. All of their animal related internships require interns to participate in food preparation for the animals of the park, so applicants must be comfortable working with frozen fish.
"This is the most hands-on marine mammal training...you will also meet a great team of people with all levels of experience who are willing to help further your education on your career path. My only suggestion is to take advantage of every opportunity while you are out there and go out there with the goal to work for everything you learn. This easily was the beginning of the rest of my life and a very important stepping-stone in meeting my challenge of becoming a marine mammal veterinarian." — Sarah Henry
Internships include Marine Mammal Care & Training, Reef & Sea Turtle Care and Training, Seabird Care & Rehabilitation, Veterinary Technician, and Educator Experiences.
Intern at African wildlife rehabilitation center
Knowing she wanted to work with big game, Zaya McSky looked online and found the African Conservation Experience which places volunteers at various conservation centers all focusing and working with animals. Through talking with other volunteers, she also learned about a capture team, Wildlife Translocation Services. She decided to spend two months in Africa and combine the two internships. African Conservation Experience has been sending volunteers to Africa for over a decade. They offer students the opportunity to work on game and natural reserves alongside Conservationists, Zoologists, Wildlife Veterinarians and Reserve Managers. They welcome volunteers from all backgrounds and countries with no previous experience necessary. Volunteer placements are from 1-3 months, and you can combine 2 or more projects in one trip.
"Tambotie is an animal rehab center completely run by the volunteers. You will learn an amazing amount about the animals at the center and around South Africa. I made amazing connections with the other volunteers and the animals there which included lions and monkeys among many other for me. The director, Petronel, is an amazing woman with so much knowledge, who gives the responsibility of the center solely to the volunteers. It can be very emotional work at times, especially when an animal is lost, so just be prepared." — Zaya McSky
"You really get a feel of what it is to work with a game capture team. From the very beginning you are completely involved with catching the animals. They were amazing with allowing me hands-on experience. I got to inject giraffes and rhinos with Penicillin! Be prepared for a small amount of physical work as you have to run at some points while catching." — Zaya McSky, on Wildlife translocation services
Even though Katelyn lived in New Hampshire, she often visited her grandparents and other relatives in the Cincinnati area as going to the zoo had always been a family tradition. During her summer of 2007 visit, she requested information about various internship opportunities available at the zoo. She was referred to the zoo's web site and filled out an application.
"As an environmental educator, I had the opportunity to be a part of two worlds, because I had the chance to work with both animals and children. I was responsible for a group of children each week ranging in ages from 3-11 years old. Those responsibilities includes teaching and care taking of the children; that incorporated classroom learning, zoo hikes, and live animal demonstrations. The combination of animals and children at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens was an absolutely incredible and unforgettable experience. There are multiple skills that I have learned through this internship that I believe will help me have a competitive edge in the job world." - Katelyn Wuebbolt
Cincinnati Zoo Internship Information:They offer three sessions a year, Winter, Summer, and Fall. An internship at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is very coveted and is a great asset to include on a resume.
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s intern program offers a wide range of experiences in the areas of animal care, business, development, environmental education, group sales, horticulture, information technology, veterinary technology and wildlife research.
Animal Care (Unpaid) - Available during the summer session only: Interns working in the Animal Care departments have the opportunity to work under the supervision of experienced animal keepers. Interns help to maintain the animal collection by preparing diets, cleaning exhibits, shifting animals, and monitoring the health of the collection. Working with the keeper staff, interns gain experience in providing for the needs of exotic animals in captivity and acquire better understanding of the requirements of these animals. Interns are assigned to a morning and afternoon animal area and are working from the hours of 8:00am to 3:30pm, generally Monday-Friday, but some weekends may be required.
Check the Cincinati Zoo volunter page for the most current internships.
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
3400 Vine Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45220-1399