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ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center  - - Summer 2018 Internship

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) in Urbana provides toxicology educational programs, consulting services, review of case data as an alternative to traditional animal research, and a 24-hour veterinary diagnostic and treatment hotline.  Summer internships are available for ANSC students with interest in veterinary toxicology and animal welfare.  Interns may assist with the following types of projects:

  • Research within the APCC database, gathering data for the toxicologists to use while saving pets’ lives
  • Learn medical terminology and basic toxicology—which substances (including some household products that may seem safe) that can potentially be life-threatening
  • Listen in on APCC calls, learn how they handle different situations
  • Work in a fun, easy-going environment (many employees bring their pets to work!)
  • Sit in on ASPCA meetings and fun activities at the APCC

This is a full-time position, with a commitment of ~400 hours (4 credits of ANSC 398) for the summer.  The successful intern candidate(s) will start training on May 14.

Interested students should submit a resume and a letter detailing specific interests in veterinary toxicology and animal welfare to Kasey Snyder, Veterinary Assistant/Team Leader, at  Kasey.Snyder@aspca.org before April 20.


Champaign County Humane Society (CCHS) Internships

For more information and the application for the internships at CCHS in the following areas: a) animal care, b) animal behavior, c) the laboratory/medical program, d) adoptions, and e) surgery assistance, click here.


Local Companion Animal Internships (Available Spring, Fall, and Summer Semesters)

***Note: For the following internships, please email the contact person listed with an updated resume, and an email stating your interest in interning and weekly availability.  Should you be selected for an internship and wish to receive ANSC 398 credit, please email Sarah Albert (salbert2@illinois.edu) to serve as your faculty adviser. 


The Dog Den, Champaign, IL

The Dog Den is a dog daycare and boarding facility in downtown Champaign. Interns will be supervising play groups and engage dogs in different activities, while reinforcing basic obedience throughout the day. Interns will assist in all aspects of kennel duties (feeding, cleaning, laundry). 

Availability: M-F working 6-9 hours a week either 8am-11am or 3pm-6pm. Student schedules and testing will be accomodated. 

Salary: Volunteer     Housing: Housing for students is not available.

Contact Information: Ken Reiterman at ken@cudogden.com

***Note: Please email the contact listed with an updated resume, and an email stating your interest and work availability.  Should you be selected for an internship and wish to receive ANSC 398 credit, please email Sarah Albert (salbert2@illinois.edu) to serve as your faculty adviser. 


CARE Center, Urbana, IL

See www.carecentercu.org for an overview of the organization.  The CARE Center does not receive or adopt out animals; rather, our focus is on preventing relinquishment and keeping pets in their homes.  The Helping Paw Fund helps East Central Illinois pet owners pay for medical or behavioral care for their companion animals during times of financial instability.  We are an all-volunteer organization without a physical office.

Internship Overview:

The intern will work independently - providing his/her own workspace, computer and phone - to assist in managing, promoting, and raising funds for the CARE Center’s Helping Paw Fund.  Training will be provided.  The intern will discuss progress with the supervisor at least once a week via e-mail or telephone, and meet in person with the supervisor at least once every three weeks.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent human interaction skills (verbal and written)
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Access to a phone to make and receive phone calls
  • Access to a computer with Excel and Internet
  • Experience with Facebook preferred
  • Willingness to travel in the Champaign-Urbana area (public transportation available)

Specific activities:

  • Assist in managing the Helping Paw Fund (HPF)
    • Follow up with HPF clients
      • Contact clients by phone or email
      • Enter follow-up data into Excel spreadsheet
      • Coordinate receipt of testimonials and photos from clients
    • As scheduling allows, attend HPF client appointments at veterinary clinics with the supervisor or another board member
  • Assist in promoting the HPF
    • Help manage the Facebook page, posting testimonials and photos from clients with permission and sharing pet care tips from reputable sources
  • Assist in raising funds for the HPF (may include some or all of the following)
    • Help seek donations for a fundraising auction
    • Help to plan and coordinate with vendors for fundraising events
    • Help with promotion and advertising of fundraising efforts
    • Help with any fundraising events
    • Lead campus fundraising efforts
    • Opportunity to suggest and develop other fundraising avenues
  • If time allows and there is interest, create a budget worksheet for pet owners (food, vaccines, flea preventative, etc.) using what is learned during the internship and independent research such as talking with veterinarians at the College of Veterinary Medicine and private practice veterinarians.
  • Record experiences and independent research in the form of a journal, including difficulties and successes as well as how the work performed benefits CARE Center. 

Availability:  Interns will work a minimum of 50 hours over the semester for one hour of ANSC 398 credit.  Exact work requirements will be discussed with your supervisor and class schedules will be accommodated.

Salary: Volunteer     Housing: Housing for students is not available.

Contact Information: Mary Beth Miyagawa at mary.miyagawa@gmail.com

***Note: Please email the contact listed with an updated resume, and an email stating your interest and work availability.  Should you be selected for an internship and wish to receive ANSC 398 credit, please email Sarah Albert (salbert2@illinois.edu) to serve as your faculty adviser. 


All About Animals Pet Clinic, Mahomet, IL

This position is responsible for providing care to all of the boarding animals. This includes walking, feeding, providing water and enrichment, cleaning up after, and medicating (if necessary) all pets. This person will ensure the boarding facilities are clean, well maintained, and that all pet needs are tended to. This person will also bathe boarding dogs, fulfill additional services requested by boarding pet owners, and assist in supervising doggy daycare.

The Companion Caretaker is also responsible for the supervision, control, and management of Doggy Playcare dogs and ensuring the safety of the playgroup.  The Canine Caregiver may also be assigned the care of other animals boarding at the facility.  Additionally, the intern is responsible for the maintenance and cleaning of the playrooms as well as other areas of the facility as assigned.  Interns will also conduct outside research to learn more about best practices in managing boarding and doggy daycare businesses, as well as research into dog behavior and appropriate social play in dogs to help guide their interactions with playcare dogs.  This research will also aid the intern in adding to employee manuals for the facility for future use.

Availability:  Interns will be expected to work 8-12 hours per week for at least 10 weeks and class schedules will be accommodated.  Students with availability during holidays and breaks is appreciated, and students willing to work these times will be considered first.

Salary: Volunteer     Housing: Housing for students is not available.

Fall Internships Available

Contact Information: Dana Taylor at dtaylor.aaapc@gmail.com

***Note: Please email the contact listed with an updated resume, and an email stating your interest and work availability.  Should you be selected for an internship and wish to receive ANSC 398 credit, please email Sarah Albert (salbert2@illinois.edu) to serve as your faculty adviser. 


Jodie Vee’s Fun Dog Training, Champaign, IL

Jodie Vee’s Fun Dog Training classes focus on being fair, kind, and consistent in order to clearly communicate expectations to our companion animals, using humane, gentle, and positive techniques.

Internship responsibilities include assisting with introductory training classes - Basic Canine Companion Training and Introduction to Puppy Manners, as well as Level 2 courses that build on puppy manners. OR, another opportunity exists in helping the one-of-a-kind day training experience L.E.A.D. the Pack Day Academy which is NOT a doggy daycare, but instead, those that attend are privileged to small group instruction (5 dogs or less) for mental enrichment and physical fun! The Day Academy runs Monday through Thursday from 8:30am until 4:30pm. 

Availability:  Several part-time (10-20 hours per week) positions are available; weekday evening classes run Monday through Thursday, as does the Day Academiy, while Saturday and Sunday offer day class opportunities.

Salary: Volunteer     Housing: Housing for students is not available.

Contact Information: Jodie Varner at jodie@jodievees.com with "Intern Interest" in the subject line

***Note: Please email the contact listed with an updated resume, and an email stating your interest and work availability.  Should you be selected for an internship and wish to receive ANSC 398 credit, please email Sarah Albert (salbert2@illinois.edu) to serve as your faculty adviser. 


Pupcakes Dog Training, Urbana, IL

Pupcakes Training offers a variety of courses for pet owners. Student interns will be allowed to observe and assist during these classes and other opportunities. Pupcakes Training focuses on puppy, advanced/competition obedience, agility, Canine Good Citizen, trick dog, therapy, and service dog training.  In addition, they also focus on addressing specific behavior problems.  Student interns are also allowed to join the lead trainer on pet therapy visits and to help run agility UKC or CPE trials once per month.  To learn more about Pupcakes Training, please visit their website at https://pupcakestraining.wordpress.com/ 

Availability:  Students schedules will be accommodated as much as possible, but students will need to work around arranged class schedules with internship supervisor. Students will be required to complete at least 50 hours to earn the minimal 1 credit hour for ANSC 398. 

Salary: Volunteer     Housing: Housing for students is not available.

Fall Internships Available 

Contact Information: Katrina Junis at pupcakestraining@gmail.com

***Note: Please email the contact listed with an updated resume, and an email stating your interest and work availability.  Should you be selected for an internship and wish to receive ANSC 398 credit, please email Sarah Albert (salbert2@illinois.edu) to serve as your faculty adviser. 


Illinois Companion Animal Internships (Summer Only)

***Note: For the following internships, please email the contact person listed with an updated resume, and an email stating your interest in interning and weekly availability.  Should you be selected for an internship and wish to receive ANSC 398 credit, please email Sarah Albert (salbert2@illinois.edu) to serve as your faculty adviser. 


Animal Protective League Spay/Neuter Clinic, Springfield, IL

The Animal Protective League operates an animal shelter and spay/neuter clinic in Springfield, Illinois. Interns will have an opportunity to work in both areas during a 10-week internship, starting the second week of June and ending the second week of August. Interns will assist in both the daily operation of a high-quality, high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter clinic dedicated to ending pet overpopulation, and in the veterinarian’s office of a limited-admission shelter that accepts sick and injured animals.

Internship responsibilities will include: making surgical packs; doing laundry; cleaning kennels; drawing blood; restraining animals; assisting with surgical preparation, the operating room, and the recovery area; and providing daily care to shelter animals. Interns available to work weekends may also work in a fast-paced low-cost vaccine clinic that serves the public. Interns will be required to write an article for the APL newsletter about their experiences.

Availability: Two part-time positions (25-35 hours per week) for 10 weeks, Monday-Friday daytime hours, and occasional Saturdays.

Salary: Volunteer      Housing: Housing for students is not available. 

Please check back for summer internships

***Note: Please email the contact listed with an updated resume, and an email stating your interest and work availability.  Should you be selected for an internship and wish to receive ANSC 398 credit, please email Sarah Albert (salbert2@illinois.edu) to serve as your faculty adviser. 


Naperville Humane Society, Naperville, IL

Internship responsibilities include assistance with implementation of the Animals and Us summer day camp for children. Interns will assist with daily preparations, supervise children, lead camp activities, and develop and present humane education programs. Students will have the opportunity to participate in other aspects of the humane society, such as animal care, adoptions, and observation of dog temperament testing.

Availability: The internships will be from Wednesday, June 6th - Friday, August 10th. There will be 9 weeks of camp with approximately 15-20 hours assigned each week. During the nine and a half weeks of camp, hours will be approximately 9:00am-12:00pm, Monday through Friday (but vary with the Dogs Day Out Camp the week of 6/25).

Camp weeks are as follows (try to ensure you will be available on these dates/times before applying for the internship);

June 6-8 (9am-12pm), June 11-15 (9am-12pm), June 18-22 (9am-12pm), June 25-29 (9am-2pm), July 9-13 (9am-12pm), July 16-20 (9am-12pm), Julu 23-27 (9am-12pm), July 30-August 3 (9am-12pm), and August 6-10 (9am-12pm)

Salary: Volunteer     Housing: Housing for students is not available.

​Please check back for summer internships

***Note: Please email the contact listed with an updated resume, and an email stating your interest and work availability.  Should you be selected for an internship and wish to receive ANSC 398 credit, please email Sarah Albert (salbert2@illinois.edu) to serve as your faculty adviser. 


DuPage County Animal Care & Control: Animal Care, DuPage, IL

DuPage County Animal Care & Control is accepting applications for Animal Care Interns to assist the animal caretaking and veterinary staff. Interns will have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of animal care, training, and enrichment alongside experienced staff in an open-admission animal control facility. The Animal Care Internship is the perfect opportunity for college students to gain experience in: shelter intake and adoption procedures, animal care, veterinary medicine, animal behavior and training, and so much more! Interns will gain valuable skills relevant to future careers in veterinary medicine, animal behavior, animal training, and animal husbandry for a variety of species of domestic animal. This internship is ideal for someone who has a passion for animal welfare and wants to take an active role in improving the lives of homeless pets.

  • Preferred Qualities:
    • Minimum of 18 years of age
    • Previous animal handling experience required
    • Previous experience in a shelter or veterinary setting preferred but not required
    • Passion for animal welfare
    • Strong animal behavior observation skills
    • Ability to complete detailed tasks as assigned and within required timeframe
    • Ability to bend, lift, walk and stand for long periods of time
    • Reliability and dependability
    • Excellent communication skills
  • Primary Responsibilities:
    • Clean cages, feed and exercise all animals housed in the shelter
    • Wash dishes, litter pans, and small animal cages
    • Sort and store donations
    • Observe, record, and discuss animal behavior, and animal health
    • Participate in behavioral assessments and participate in group training and information-sharing with Veterinary Behaviorist Consultant Dr. Sarah Bennett, Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant Allie Bender, etc.
    • Assist with shelter training and enrichment programs
    • Counsel potential adopters and help with the pet selection and adoption process
    • Facilitate animal intakes and reclaims
    • On a limited basis: support the veterinarian and veterinary technician in surgery prep, health checks, vaccinations, and microchipping
  • Secondary Responsibilities:
    • Intermediate photography and videography of shelter animals
    • Documenting adoption and rescue stories
    • Cropping and sizing images for adoption websites
    • Writing bios for animals on adoption sites
    • Working with staff and volunteers to create and post social media content
    • Data entry and filing
    • Answering phones
    • Process adoption applications and assist with customer service and other miscellaneous volunteer projects as needed
  • Requirements:
    • Interview with Humane Educator, Lead Animal Caretaker, & Senior Intake/Adoption and Client Services Coordinator
    • Complete Animal Care & Control Volunteer Orientation and Animal Handling Training
    • Attend New Hire Orientation through DuPage County
  • What Interns Will Take Away:
    • The history, services, and basic operations of DuPage County Animal Care & Control
    • Opportunity to learn from and interact with a wide variety of shelter animals with a wide range of medical and behavioral needs
    • Gain professional hands-on animal care experience at an open admission county animal shelter
    • Receive a basic education in animal handling, animal behavior, animal body language, animal training, animal sheltering and shelter medicine from staff and leading experts
    • Gain a basic understanding of open admission animal shelter operations, volunteer management, herd health management, animal control, and the laws that govern each
    • Work with like-minded animal-loving professionals
  • Supervision: Directly supervised by the Lead Animal Caretaker

Availability: Interns must be able to commit to a 37.5 hour work week for a minimum of 11 weeks, to include weekends and holidays as scheduled.

Salary: $10/hour      Housing: Housing for students is not available.       

​Please check back for summer internships

How to Apply:

To apply all applicants must for through the official Human Resources Department of DuPage County. The following link: http://www.dupageco.org/hr/ will take you to the Humane Resources page. The job that you are applying for is listed as Intern, 9170. When applying please include a cover letter indicating which internship program you are interested in.  Please also send an email to HumaneEducation@dupageco.org when you have submitted your application to Human Resources so that our staff can follow up on it.

Once an application is submitted to Human Resources it will be reviewed and sent to Animal Control. Once applications have been received a staff member at DuPage County Animal Care & Control will reach out for a phone interview and to schedule an in-person interview to follow. Applications will be due by April 1st. Internships will begin mid-May.

Questions:

If you have any questions regarding the application please contact DuPage County Animal Care & Control at HumaneEducation@dupageco.org or 630-407-2800 and a staff member will be happy to assist you!

***Note: Please email the contact listed with an updated resume, and an email stating your interest and work availability.  Should you be selected for an internship and wish to receive ANSC 398 credit, please email Sarah Albert (salbert2@illinois.edu) to serve as your faculty adviser. 


DuPage County Animal Care & Control: Humane Education and Marketing, DuPage, IL

DuPage County Animal Care & Control is accepting applications for a Humane Education Intern to assist experienced education staff in engaging and educating youth and building a community of caring and knowledgeable individuals. The Humane Education Internship is an opportunity for college students looking for experience in: education, program development, project evaluation, communication, and so much more! Interns will have the opportunity to develop and implement their own animal education program during summer camp.  This is an ideal position for the individual who is passionate about education, animal welfare, and would like to make a difference in the community.

  • Preferred Qualities:
    • Minimum of 18 years of age
    • Previous animal handling experience preferred. Humane Education Interns will be asked to handle shelter animals and ensure safe interactions with children.
    • Passion for animal welfare
    • Ability to complete detailed tasks as assigned and with required timeframe
    • Interest in Humane Education
    • Enthusiasm for working with kids 4-15
    • Sensitivity to different learning styles
    • Commitment to camp dates – must be available all weeks of camp
    • Excellent communication skills and attention to detail
    • Strong computer skills
    • Ability to bend, lift and work in all types of weather conditions
  • Responsibilities:
    • Set up/tear down materials for camp each day
    • Provide general supervision for camp participants
    • Create programs that promote responsible care for animals, respect for animals, and safety around animals. Create materials to serve as teaching aids and distribute education and outreach materials to further the goals of DuPage County Animal Care & Control.
    • Research, write, and evaluate humane education programs to engage children and foster respect of animals.
    • Assist with guided tours of the shelter with the possibility of acting as an independent tour guide
    • Participate in community activities to raise awareness of DuPage County Animal Care & Control and services offered. 
    • Assist in coordinating and staffing special events that pertain to community education and awareness.
    • Represent DuPage County Animal Care & Control at on- site public speaking engagements for the community. Handle student and teacher requests for information regarding animal behavior and health.
    • Research and/or order supplies for humane education activities when needed.
    • Intermediate photography and videography of shelter animals
    • Documenting adoption/rescue and humane education stories
    • Cropping and sizing images for adoption websites
    • Writing bios for animals on adoption sites
    • Working with staff and volunteers to create and post social media content
    • Data entry and filing
    • Answering phones
    • Process adoption applications and assist with customer service and other miscellaneous volunteer projects as needed
  • Requirements:
    • Interview with Humane Educator, Lead Animal Caretaker, & Senior Intake/Adoption and Client Services Coordinator
    • Complete Animal Care & Control Volunteer Orientation and Animal Handling Training
    • Attend New Hire Orientation through DuPage County
    • If available, attend basic First Aid (for humans) training
  • Supervision:
    • Directly supervised by the staff Humane Educator and Lead Animal Caretaker.
  • What Interns Will Take Away:
    • The history, services, and basic operations of DuPage County Animal Care & Control
    • Gain a basic understanding of open admission animal shelter operations, animal control, and the laws that govern each
    • Gain professional skills in program development, evaluation and oversight that can be applied to future education and employment
    • How to engage youth using technology, media, and group activities
    • Training in animal care, animal handling, animal body language, online marketing, copywriting and event planning
    • Exposure to emergency preparedness, emergency response, and first aid for beginners

Availability: Interns must be able to commit to a 37.5 hour work week for a minimum of11 weeks.  May include some weekends and holidays.

Salary: $10/hour      Housing: Housing for students is not available.       

​Please check back for summer internships

How to Apply:

To apply all applicants must for through the official Human Resources Department of DuPage County. The following link: http://www.dupageco.org/hr/ will take you to the Humane Resources page. The job that you are applying for is listed as Intern, 9170. When applying please include a cover letter indicating which internship program you are interested in.  Please also send an email to HumaneEducation@dupageco.org when you have submitted your application to Human Resources so that our staff can follow up on it.

Once an application is submitted to Human Resources it will be reviewed and sent to Animal Control. Once applications have been received a staff member at DuPage County Animal Care & Control will reach out for a phone interview and to schedule an in-person interview to follow. Applications will be due by April 1st. Internships will begin mid-May.

Questions:

If you have any questions regarding the application please contact DuPage County Animal Care & Control at HumaneEducation@dupageco.org or 630-407-2800 and a staff member will be happy to assist you!

***Note: Please email the contact listed with an updated resume, and an email stating your interest and work availability.  Should you be selected for an internship and wish to receive ANSC 398 credit, please email Sarah Albert (salbert2@illinois.edu) to serve as your faculty adviser. 


Paws Giving Independence, Peoria, IL

Interns will learn about what it is like to run a non-profit and train service dogs. Interns will help with training classes, fundraising, vet issues, and demonstrations while working with trainers, foster homes, and veterinarians. Hours will vary throughout the week. 

More information on Paws Giving Independence: www.givingindependence.org

Availability: One part-time position available. Most activities are after 3pm and on Weekends. Internship starts in May and lasts 10 weeks (exact dates to be arranged with Paws Giving Independence Directors). 

Salary: Volunteer      Housing: Housing for students is not available.       

​Please check back for summer internships

***Note: Please email the contact listed with an updated resume, and an email stating your interest and work availability.  Should you be selected for an internship and wish to receive ANSC 398 credit, please email Sarah Albert (salbert2@illinois.edu) to serve as your faculty adviser. 


Safe Humane Chicago, Chicago, IL

Interns will work as volunteers with Safe Humane staff, contractors, volunteers and Court Case Dogs primarily to engage as many youth and corporate volunteers in our programming as possible, connecting people to the Court Case Dogs as well as other shelter dogs who are housed at Chicago Animal Care and Control, and to provide documentation that can be used to improve those programs and to fund them.  They will help plan, promote, implement and evaluate events. We invite a PowerPoint presentation to the Board about their internship and observations about Safe Humane programming.

Objectives:

The main objectives of the summer internships are to expose interns to Safe Humane messages and programming that focuses on education, advocacy and second chances for people and animals in under-resourced communities, particularly the Court Case Dogs; to support volunteers (who are more numerous in the summer months) in getting connected with us and the animals we work with; and to ensure we have effective, successful events with clear goals and metrics that document their success and what could be done to improve or change them.

Requirements and Qualifications
  • Skilled at and interested in working with both people and animals
  • Able to work independently within a team structure
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Good writing skills
  • Graphic design skills a plus
  • Proficient in Word and Excel
  • Access to a phone to make and receive phone calls and texts
  • Willingness to be fingerprinted for becoming a volunteer at Chicago Animal Care & Control
  • Tetanus shot within last five years

Availability: Interns will work a minimum of 30 hours per week for the number of weeks they are available from May through August, to be worked out with individual interns.  Weekend and evening work will be needed.

Salary: Volunteer      Housing: Housing for students is not available.       

​Please check back for summer internships

***Note: Please email the contact listed with an updated resume, and an email stating your interest and work availability.  Should you be selected for an internship and wish to receive ANSC 398 credit, please email Sarah Albert (salbert2@illinois.edu) to serve as your faculty adviser. 


PAWS Chicago: PAWS for Life, Chicago, IL

PAWS for Life works on the ground in under-served communities of Chicago to remove barriers to access pet wellness resources, with a focus on spay/neuter. This datadriven program directly reaches the most under-served areas of the city through door-to-door outreach and building positive relationships with pet owners. Using these strategies, PAWS for Life is making strides towards a no-kill Chicago, keeping pets in their homes, reducing overpopulation, and empowering pet owners with the resources and information they need to make the healthiest decisions for their pets.

PAWS for Life aims to address pet wellness resource inequities in under-served areas of Chicago. Some neighborhoods simply lack access to resources such as veterinarians and pet supply stores, although by law under-served pet owners are held to the same standards as those in well-resourced communities.

Although the program’s goals are to extend services to pets, it’s really about creating meaningful helping relationships with community members in order to best assist them.

  • The backbone of the program is strategic door-to-door community outreach methods. We go block-by-block, meeting people where they are at (geographically and otherwise), reaching clients who most likely would have never reached out to us.
  • Our program works WITH clients, having the agency take on the responsibility of making sure clients receive much-needed resources, instead of creating policies and criteria that would create barriers to accessing resources.
  • The program is entirely data-driven, researching which areas of the community are in the most need, collecting data in the field, and analyzing data to inform service provision.
  • Case management and analytic skills are used and developed in this work. No two client and pet issues are the same, and we work hard to find individual, creative solutions that are realistic for our clients and their pets.
  • Students would experience both office and field work, completely supervised by an MSW.
  • This is a new program that the organization is very excited about. There is a cultural shift happening at PAWS to create open, non-judgmental lines of communication with pet owners. The work being done by this program is spearheading this change. Students would have the opportunity to see advocacy at work internally within an organization.

Availability: Schedules are flexible and students can choose days that work for them. Students will spend about half of their time in the office and half their time working in the community. Schedules and work accommodations will be discussed individually

Salary: Volunteer      Housing: Housing for students is not available.       

***Note: Please email the contact listed with an updated resume, and an email stating your interest and work availability.  Should you be selected for an internship and wish to receive ANSC 398 credit, please email Sarah Albert (salbert2@illinois.edu) to serve as your faculty adviser. 


PAWS Chicago: Community Cats Program, Chicago, IL  

PAWS Chicago is looking for an energetic, organized cat person with a passion to change the lives of urban cats.  The Community Cats intern will have a direct and active role in expanding public awareness, promoting community engagement, and assisting volunteers and the public with trap-neuter-return. The ideal candidate will be proactive and work independently while prioritizing, staying organized, and maintaining attention to detail.  Qualified candidates will also have excellent people, phone and creative thinking skills and will be proficient in Microsoft Office.  A weekly commitment of 8 hours per week, for 3-4 months, is preferred.

About the agency: PAWS Chicago is the largest No Kill humane organization in the Midwest and a national model in high-quality animal sheltering. Through long-term, sustainable programs and practices, PAWS works to permanently reduce the overpopulation of homeless pets in Chicago while leading a grassroots effort to provide resources and education programs to the most under-served communities of the city, supporting pet owners and their families.

Job responsibilities: Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Phone calls, counseling, and database management
  • Managing feral cats in traps (TNRs) our spay/neuter clinic
  • Community outreach in under-served neighborhoods, including some door-to-door
  • Assisting with TNR workshops and the trap rental and pet food pantry programs
  • On-site rescue and TNR in the field, transporting cats to and from our clinic

Availability: Schedules are flexible and students can choose days that work for them. Students will spend about half of their time in the office and half their time working in the community. Schedules and work accommodations will be discussed individually

Salary: Volunteer      Housing: Housing for students is not available.     

​Please check back for summer internships  

***Note: Please email the contact listed with an updated resume, and an email stating your interest and work availability.  Should you be selected for an internship and wish to receive ANSC 398 credit, please email Sarah Albert (salbert2@illinois.edu) to serve as your faculty adviser. 


National Internships with Humane Societies, Animal Shelters, and National Animal Welfare Organizations


ASPCA - Summer Government Relations Internship, New York City, NY and Washington, D.C.

The ASPCA’s Government Relations Department works to help enact meaningful legal protections for animals at the state and federal levels. They lobby for bills that strengthen animal protection and prevent cruelty; work to ensure that strong regulations are issued by agencies to implement new policies; offer advocacy training and support for citizens who wish to engage in policy change; and work on ballot campaigns to advance protections when a legislative solution is unavailable.

The ASPCA seeks dedicated and passionate Government Relations interns to, under direct supervision, provide assistance on key projects necessary to the furtherance of their goals and will become familiar with the role that the Department plays in legislative and policy work.

Responsibilities:

  • Help to mobilize the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade membership on key initiatives
  • Aid in tracking the existence and movement of administrative regulations and laws pertaining to animals
  • Draft letters and other documents and conduct legal and issue research to assist regulatory, federal and state efforts
  • Attend Capitol Hill events, such as hearings and briefings; attend and/or help organize coalition meetings and local events
  • Respond to information requests from ASPCA constituents
  • Serve as office liaison for traveling and remote staff members
  • Attend strategy and staff meetings
  • Assist with miscellaneous office tasks and projects as needed.

Availability:  Students should be available for 10-16 weeks (20-40hrs/week) of work between May and August

Salary: Volunteer, unpaid         Housing: Housing for students is not available.

Application: Please check the ASPCA website for more information, including application due dates and availability.  https://aspca.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/ASPCAWebsite/job/Washington-DC/Summer-Government-Relations-Internship_2018-44 


Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Kanab, Utah

For students who may want to work in the field of animal welfare or animal sheltering, what better way than to do what you love while gaining hands-on experience? Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, located in beautiful southern Utah, is a largest companion animal sanctuary in the nation with around 1,700 animals at any given time including dogs, cats, parrots, rabbits, horses, pigs, and goats.  

Explore the sanctuary here: http://www.bestfriends.org/The-Sanctuary/Explore-the-Sanctuary/

Best Friends Offers 5-week and 4-month Animal Care Internship Programs:

  • 5-week General Animal Care Internship – Interns in this program spend one week in each of five animal areas: Dogtown, Cat World, Horses/Pigs, Parrots & Rabbits. Participating in the daily routine of the sanctuary gives interns an excellent opportunity to learn about animal care, socialization of animals, animal behavior and animal rescue.
  • 4-month Species Specific Animal Care Internship (offered in dogs, cats, and parrots only) - There are specific learning objectives and a syllabus outlining tasks and competencies for each of the animal areas. Interns will be involved in all aspects of the day to day activities and overall operations of their animal area.

The programs are open to individuals ages 20 and older, who wish to pursue a career in an animal-related field.

Applicants will be selected based on their application responses to questions, references and their involvement in local animal shelter or welfare issues.

Availability: 

  • 5-week General Animal Care Internship: Sessions begin year around with eight various start dates, which are listed on the internships webpage. There is no deadline to submit applications, but please note that summer sessions for the 5-week internship usually fill up one year in advance.
  • 4-month Species Specific Internship: Sessions begin year around with six various start dates available throughout the year. Please see the dates listed on the Best Friends Animal Society Internships webpage.

Salary: Volunteer (unpaid)                        Housing: Not provided  

Animal care interns may apply for scholarships to assist with housing and travel if there is a genuine financial need.

Application: For more information on these internships, including session start dates and where to apply, please visit the following website: http://www.bestfriends.org/Get-involved/Volunteer/Internships/

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Puppy Mills Campaign - Humane Society of the United States, Gaithersburg, MD

The Humane Society of the United States is offering an internship within their Campaigns Department specifically focused on the issue of puppy mills across the country.  

Interns will be able to gain a deeper understanding of the puppy mill industry and how it interscts with the issues of animal health, animal shelters, responsible breeding practices, pet overpopulation, the broader pet industry, and animal protection legislation.  Interns will gain valuable knowledge and experience through research and outreach relating to puppy mill issues.  

Interns can expect to learn more about the organization as a whole, understand the issues surrounding puppy mills at a national level, and receive the opportunity to gain valuable networking opportunities in the animal welfare field.

Availability:  The internship time committment is generally 30 hours per week for 10-12 weeks.  

Salary: Volunteer, but a commuting stipend is provided corresponding to number of days worked ($50/week maximum).   

Housing: No housing is available, but the HSUS works to connect interns beforehand and provide information to make housing arrangements easier.  Most interns come from out of state, so finding a roommate is an easy and frequent option for interns.

Application: To find out more about available internships, including how to apply, please visit the following website:

http://www.humanesociety.org/about/employment/internships/intern_puppy_mills_campaign.html?credit=web_id189570303

To see all internship opportunities available with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) please visit their internship opportunities page; http://www.humanesociety.org/about/employment/internships/internships_hsus.html?credit=web_id189570303  


Wildlife and Exotic Animal Sanctuaries


Wild Horse Sanctuary, Shingletown, California

Program:
Internship responsibilities include assisting with daily horse care, feeding and ranch operations, assisting with weekend trail rides, greeting visitors and offering information about the Sanctuary, and participating in wild horse identification projects. Additional projects are available and will be tailored according to student interests and the needs of the Sanctuary.

Availability:

Multiple full-time (10-week) summer positions are available to students. 

Salary and Housing: 

Housing is provided. During weekend trail rides, meals are also provided. 

Application:

Applications for summer internships due by March 15th.  Applications can be downloaded/completed at the following website: http://www.wildhorsesanctuary.org/help-internships.html  


Various Internships, Chimp Haven, Keithville, LA

Chimp Haven serves as the National Chimpanzee Sanctuary.  This organization provides sanctuary for chimpanzees previously used in biomedical research.  Various internships are available in the animal care and behavior (general behavior and environmental enrichment) departments.

Availability: Full time, 7-8 hours per day (depending on the internship), available at different time frames throughout the year.  Please request a time frame in your cover letter.  Minimum 6-8 week committment depending on the internship.

Salary: Volunteer     

Housing: On-site housing is available to share with other interns for $25/week. 

Application: Summer internship applications are due by March 18th, but it is best to apply 3 months before any internship were to start. Summer is the most competitive season, so apply early. To find out more about available internships, including how to apply, please visit the following website (internships are found at the bottom of the page):

https://chimphaven.org/about-us/internships/ 


Animal Care Intern, Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, Murchison, TX

The Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, which is a world-renowned animal sanctuary that is home to more than 1,000 domestic and exotic animals, many of whom have been rescued from near-death situations such as slaughterhouses, biomedical research laboratories, and trophy hunting ranches, seeks Animal Care Interns to help care for a variety of species. 

Interns have the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on animal care experience, knowledge about a variety of species, and exposure to the operations of an animal care center.

Availability: 42 hours per week for 12 weeks between May and August.

Salary: Unpaid, volunteer Housing: Free housing may be available for students.

Application: To find out more about this internship, including how to apply, please visit the following website: http://www.humanesociety.org/about/employment/internships/intern_animal_care_blackbeauty.html


Wolf Park, Battle Ground, IN

Interns have an opportunity to gain experience in fields related to captive animal management and wildlife biology, while supporting the daily operations of a non-profit organization. You will gain experience in the following areas:

  • Behavioral Training- practical skills and application of positive reinforcement, clicker training, mark and capture.
  • Animal Husbandry- feeding, medicating, health observation, maintenance of enclosures, and environmental enrichment.
  • Safe Handling Practices- Ethology and identifying behavioral cues.
  • Teamwork and Independence- Interns will have a variety of tasks over the course of their stay that may require them to work as a team as well as other tasks that will require them to work independently.
  • Interpersonal Skills- Interns will gain experience within their duties to learn skills such as prioritizing, decision making, multitasking, as well as learning your limits and pushing beyond them.
  • Non-profit Business Management- includes areas in marketing, grant writing, fundraising, networking, outreach, and membership coordination.
  • Public Relations- Interns will interact and work with the public by working customer service in our gift shop, giving tours, and answering visitor questions.
  • Research Experience- Interns may have the opportunity to observe research that is currently being conducted by visiting researchers, with the direct permission of each researcher. During the months of January and February interns will participate in our in house observational research. Interns are trained and prepared to conduct our breeding season watch behavioral research.
  • Daily Operations of a Non Profit- Interns will be asked to assist in the following areas: office/clerical, maintenance of grounds, manual labor, retail and admissions.

Availability: Interns will work for 2-3 months (preference for those who can stay 3 months)

Salary: Unpaid. Cost to take part in the internship program is $495, this covers the cost of housing.   Housing: Housing onsite is available to interns with program fee.

Application: Summer internships fill up extremely fast and are competitive.  Students interested in interning at Wolf Park in the summer should apply for a summer intership the year before. For more information and to apply, please visit their website at; http://wolfpark.org/education/internships/ 


Exotic Feline Rescue Center, Center Point, IN

Students will learn firsthand the many aspects of exotic animal care.  Internships are individualized for each student.  All interns will be involved in food preparation, feeding, cleaning, maintenance of the enclosures and grounds, construction and veterinary care. All interns will be trained and involved in Public Education including greeting tourists at the gate, daily public tours and other educational programs

Availability:  Students will be expected to complete a minimum 8 week stay at the sanctuary.

Salary:  Unpaid, volunteer   Housing:  Housing is not provided for students, but EFRC staff will help you find appropriate housing nearby.

Application: For more information on this internship, as well as how to apply, please visit the following website: http://www.exoticfelinerescuecenter.org/intern_requirements.html 


American Bear Association, Orr, MN

The American Bear Association maintains the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary in Orr, MN.  Every summer, wild bears and a variety of other native species travel to and stay in the sanctuary’s boundaries.  Visitors visit the sanctuary to observe and learn more about bear behavior. 

Interns will help to educate the public during open hours.  This includes, but is not limited to, greeting visitors, pointing out and explaining bear activity, giving interpretive talks on bear ecology and behavior, and answering visitors’ questions about bears.  Other tasks during the day will include preparing bear food mixes, helping to put out food, assisting with general cleanup chores, including scooping of bear scat, participating in habitat improvement projects, and maintaining records on bear activity.

Availability:  Internships are completed over the summer (starting in May or June). Interns will work 8-10 hours per day, completed in 2 shifts. Students who can work for more than one month are preferred.

Salary:  This position is unpaid, but food and housing is provided 

Housing:  Housing is provided (note that housing is rural and very rustic, with no cell phone reception or running water available). 

Application:  For more information on this internship program, as well as how to apply, please visit their website at: http://www.americanbear.org/get-involved/internships/ 


National Tiger Sanctuary, Saddlebrooke, MO

The National Tiger Sanctuary offers several internship opportunities for students interested in working with exotic animals.  Interns help to care for the animals, monitor their health and behavior, and can eventually help lead tours of the sanctuary for visitors.  

Many of the current employees working at the sanctuary were once interns.  This is a great way to get your foot in the door working with exotic animals.  

Availability: Interns are required to commit at least 12 weeks to the program.  These are full time positions. Be prepared to work 5-6 days per week, 8-10 hours per day.  

Salary: Unpaid, volunteer

Housing: Housing is available.

Application: To find out more about available internships, including how to apply, please visit the following website:

http://www.nationaltigersanctuary.org/internship/ 


Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, Albion, IN

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary offers two unpaid internship programs.  The Exotic Animal Care Internship program enables students to gain a broad husbandry experience caring for up to 50 different species of animals.  The Primates (& More) program is focused primarily on the care of resident small and large primates, primate enrichment, behaviors, and may include husbandry for other species as well.

Students who have completed a Black Pine internship have gone on to secure paid positions at veterinary clinics and hospitals, animal shelters, research firms, and at some of the nation's finest zoological institutions

Availability:  Applications are accepted year round and availability is offered on a case-by-case basis. Students will work for 10 weeks, 400 total hours.

Salary: Volunteer, unpaid   Housing: A furnished apartment may be available, otherwise the organization may be able to help you find local apartments for rent. 

Application: For more information on this internship, including how to apply, please visit the following website: https://www.bpsanctuary.org/internships 


Pacific Primate Sanctuary, Maui, Hawaii

Pacific Primate Sanctuary is a wildlife conservation organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of threatened, endangered, and distressed primates. Since 1984, the Sanctuary has maintained a federally authorized facility for threatened New World monkeys, many of whom have been rescued from research laboratories and the illegal exotic pet trade.  They provide refuge and rehabilitation, creating naturalistic habitats where displaced primates can recover and form social groups.

Interns learn how to provide daily care, enrichment, and nurturing to approximately 50 monkeys, preparing food, cleaning enclosures, and maintaining the sanctuary facility. Interns then receive emergency care training, becoming proficient in capture, transfer, restraint and handling, and specialized individual care. They can then begin to acquire skills in colony management.  Interns will also receive specialized medical training: calculating drug dosages and administering medication, checking vital signs (temperature, respiratory, and pulse rate), providing subcutaneous fluid therapy and intensive care (heat, fluids, special diet, wound care, etc.). They play an intimate part in veterinary consults, treatment plans, and follow up.  Interns also participate in sanctuary management.

Availability:  Contact the sanctuary to learn more about availability, applications, and internship length/hours.   

Salary:  This position is unpaid.

Housing:  The sanctuary provides fully furnished and equipped Yurts (traditional round structures designed specifically for tropical living) with wireless Internet service. Utilities, paper goods, and cleaning supplies are also provided.  Food and other living expenses are paid by the intern.

Application:  For more information on this internship program, as well as how to apply, please visit their website at: http://www.pacificprimate.org/future.htm 


OPR Coastal Primate Sanctuary, Longview, WA

OPR Coastal Primate Sanctuary is home to Old World & New World primates.  Please note that they do not allow physical contact with the primates with the exception of thier veterinarians, directors, or those authorized in writing by the directors under special circumstances. 

Your work will include general husbandry, cleaning, feeding, observing, and data collection. It may also include building &/or repairing habitats, designing and making enrichment, and other labor or special projects as needed.

Availability: The working hours are typically between 7am and 5pm but may vary according to need. We require a minimum of 6 hours each day, but depending on how quickly chores can be completed it could take a little longer, or sometimes not as long.  OPR asks that intern applicants come to OPR for a 10-day trial period to evaluate your suitability for this position.  The internships are typically from 8 weeks to 1 year and they welcome longer internships.

Costs and Housing: For 8 week + internships there is a $150.00 non-refundable fee for the 10 day trial period ($15.00 per day) which must be paid in advance. Following the trial period a subsequent fee of $15.00 per day will be paid in advance for the remaining days of internship to help cover the cost of food & utilities. Living accommodations onsite include food, utilities, sleeping quarters, washer/dryer, TV, internet & phone service. 

Application: 

Please send your resume, references, and anything else you feel is pertinent to the address below. Electronics submissions are also accepted. Upon receipt, your information will be reviewed by OPR's Board of Directors, and if satisfactory, they will contact you for a telephone or in-person interview, whichever is more applicable.  If you have any questions, need more information, or are ready to apply, please contact Polly Schultz.  For more information on the organization, please visit their website at; http://oregonprimaterescue.com/ 

OPR Coastal Primate Sanctuary
717 Harmony Dr. Longview, WA. 98632
Director: Polly Schultz
Phone: (360) 575-9231
Fax: (360) 575-9231
E-mail: pollyschultz@oregonprimaterescue.com 


Zoo Internships


Brookfield Zoo/Chicago Zoological Society, Chicago, IL

The Chicago Zoological Society, which operates the Brookfield Zoo, has a long-standing Internship Program that has been recognized as one of the top programs for college students in the country. The program, established in 1975, was one of the first in the nation to allow students pursuing careers in animal care the opportunity to work side by side with professional zookeepers, learning the skills and techniques necessary to manage exotic zoo animals.

Zookeeper internships are available with a variety of animals: Large animals, Domestics, Small animals, Birds, Reptiles, Hoof Stock, Amphibians, Marine Animals, and Nutrition. Specific opportunities vary term to term. Please check their website often for all available internships.

Other experiential learning opportunities are available in a variety of non-animal areas including: Marketing and Special Events, Education, Human Resources, Public Relations, Development, Horticulture, Environmental, and Conservation Biology.

Availability:  Students will be expected to complete a 12 week term (5 days/week, 40 hours/week).  Summer term runs from May-August.

Salary:  Unpaid, volunteer         Housing:  Housing is not provided

Application: Available positions and applications are open and due by February 18th.  For more information on this internship program, please visit their website at: https://www.czs.org/Centers-of-Excellence/Center-for-Conservation-Leadership/Internships.aspx 


Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL

The Lincoln Park zoo offeres a variety of internships in a number of different areas.  Types of internships that are available will vary based on staff needs at any given time. 

Salary:  Unpaid, volunteer         Housing:  Housing is not provided

Application: Applications are generally accepted in February for summer internships. For more information on this internship program (including a FAQ section with more information), and to see available internships, please visit their website at: http://www.lpzoo.org/internships 


Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha, NE

There are a wide range of internship opportunities with the Henry Doorly Zoo.  These internships try to encompass many aspects of the zoo operations.  For more information regarding these opportunities, please call 402-738-2076 or email kathyv@omahazoo.com.

Application: Applications for 2019 are now being accepted. To apply, please visit the following website: https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?ap=1269959670 


St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis, MO

 

The Saint Louis Zoo provides college/university students, recent graduates and individuals with prior college coursework in the area of biology, zoology, education, animal science or related fields an opportunity to learn about the Zoo's zoological operations while obtaining valuable, hands-on work experience in animal care or education and an understanding of the Saint Louis Zoo's role in research and conservation.

In addition, internships are offered in research and conservation medicine (see right side of website).

Availability: Interns are required to serve a minimum of 20 hours per week for a minimum of six weeks

Salary: Volunteer, unpaid    Housing: Housing for students is not available.

Application: For more information on this internship, as well as how to apply, please visit the following website: https://www.stlzoo.org/about/contact/internshipsexternships/ 


Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, IL

The Shedd Aquarium offers multiple internship programs to students.  Animal sciences students should focus on internships related to research or animal care.

Availability: Duration and time committments vary with each program.   

Salary: Volunteer, unpaid    Housing: Housing for students is not available.

Application: Summer internship information is posted in February on their website. For more information on this internship, as well as how to apply, please visit the following website: https://www.sheddaquarium.org/About-Us/Jobs-Internships-and-Volunteering/Internships/ 


Peoria Zoo, Peoria, Illinois

The Peoria Zoo is looking for interns in the following areas;

  • Education
  • Animal Care
  • Collections Management
  • Development
  • Technology

Availability: Internships last for a minimum of 12 weeks, 16 hours per week.  Available year-round (check for specific application deadlines).

Salary: Volunteer, unpaid    Housing: Housing for students is not available, and arrangements are the responsibility of the intern. 

Application: Summer internship application deadline is April 1. For more information on this internship, as well as how to apply, please visit the following website: https://www.peoriazoo.org/internships/ 


Memphis Zoo, Memphis, TN

The Memphis Zoo Department of Research and Conservation is offering undergraduate-level summer internships in several areas of biology, including reproductive physiology, genetics, behavioral ecology, chemical ecology, endocrinology, and nutrition. This program offers a unique research experience in conservation biology and may qualify for directed independent study or academic credit through the student’s educational institution. Interns will gain experience in a variety of laboratory techniques, with opportunities to tailor the experience to their specific interests. Additionally, interns will learn strategies for communicating their science to broad audiences and will present their research findings in a professional scientific setting. Each intern will receive a final evaluation upon the completion of the internship, and satisfactory performance will be necessary to receive academic credit.  

Availability: Full (40 hours/wk) and part time (24 hours/wk) internships are available.   

Salary: Unpaid, volunteer    Housing: Housing is available. 

Application: For more information on this internship, as well as how to apply, please visit the following website; https://www.memphiszoo.org/researchprograms  


Wildlife Rehabilitation/Refuge Center Internships


The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, Top Sail Island, NC

The Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is committed to the care and release of injured or sick sea turtles.

This summer internships allows students to work hands-on with the sea turtles in the center's care.  Interns will prepare and distribute food, maintain habitats, be involved in veterinary care, and introduce the public to sea turtles during visiting hours.

Beach surveys and nest relocation is also an aspect of the internship.  Some night shifts are included to search for nesting females, nest sit while waiting for hatching turtles, and post-hatching data collection and analysis.

Availability: Interns must commit to working a minimum of 12 weeks.  Interns will work 5 1/2 days per week with Wednesday afternoons and Sundays off.  

Salary: Unpaid, volunteer    Housing: Housing for students is provided for the 12 week summer program.

Application: Applications are due by February 15th. For more information on this internship, as well as how to apply, please visit the following website: https://www.seaturtlehospital.org/education/ 

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Wild Care of Cape Cod, Eastham, MA

Annually, Wild Care admits between 900 and 1400 animals, native to Cape Cod, the Islands and southeastern Massachusetts for rehabilitation and orphan rearing. Interns receive training and gain experience in rehabilitation techniques, volunteer management, and public education, from staff and veterinarians volunteering their services.

Interns will help in the rehabilitation of the center’s animals by aiding in basic husbandry, medical care, releases, diet preparation, and more.  Interns will also conduct research of wildlife habitats, behaviors, and natural history in order to conduct and improve upon humane education and outreach programs.  Conservation research, data collection, and dissemination of information gained to the public will also be a part of the intern’s responsibilities.

Availability:  There is a minimum 8 week requirement for this internship. Interns are required to work 5 days a week, 40 hours per week.

Salary:  Interns committing to a 40-50 work week will receive a weekly stipend of $100.00.  

Housing:  Housing may only be secured for summer interns.

Application: The application process is very competitive.   Summer applications are due on March 1st. For more information on this internship program, as well as how to apply, please visit their website at: https://www.wildcarecapecod.org/internship/