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Internships Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center

Wildlife Medicine Internship

SWCC is pleased to offer the opportunity for interns to gain experience in wildlife medicine.  Interns will learn about preventive and emergency medicine, wildlife handling, and triage methods by participating in daily activities alongside the veterinary staff and volunteers.  Daily activities that interns will assist with include cleaning enclosures; diet protocols; laundry and restocking of medicine and supplies; vaccine, trauma and disease management; and evaluation of animal behavior for release.  Interns will be expected to research certain topics under the guidance of the Clinic Manager.  This is an unpaid internship opportunity.

Animal Care Internship

SWCC Animal Care interns will be provided the opportunity to work with a variety of mammal species, including Mexican gray wolves, black bears, mountain lions, bobcats, raccoons, skunks, coatimundi and javelina.  Interns will have responsibilities in all aspects of daily care for permanent sanctuary animals, as well as releasable animals during the rehabilitation process.  Interns will gain knowledge on species-specific behavior, natural history, diet protocols and capture techniques.  Animal care interns will assist staff with daily care and husbandry including diet preparation and distribution, medication preparation, enclosure cleaning and maintenance, physical and behavior observations, and environmental enrichment.  In addition, interns may have the opportunity to observe medical procedures and assist in the care and feeding of neonatal orphaned wildlife.  This is an unpaid internship opportunity.

Term of Appointment:

Internships are offered for spring, summer and fall sessions.  Interns should be able to devote approximately 28 hours per week during the session.  Each session lasts approximately 3 ½ months.  Exact dates and days of the week are flexible and will be negotiated upon acceptance.

Spring session is January – April.  Applications accepted until 31 October.

Summer session is May – August.  Applications accepted until 28 February.

Fall session is September – December.  Applications accepted until 30 June.


Must be at least a sophomore in college.  

Enjoy working outdoors in all weather conditions.

Must be in good physical condition and able to stand for long periods, stoop, climb, and lift 50 pounds.

Preference given to undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a career in a related field.

Current tetanus and rabies vaccinations required.


This is an unpaid internship.  College credit is offered if desired; interns are responsible for obtaining necessary approval from their university. 

Interns are responsible for their own transportation, housing and personal health insurance.

To Apply:

The following documents are required:

Resume or CV

One page statement of your interest in the internship including which internship you are applying for.  Include relevant experience, career goals, and what you hope to gain from the position.  Your statement is very important for the applicant evaluation process.

Current academic status and any degrees held or expected.

Two letters of reference.

Email application materials or questions to  No phone calls will be accepted.

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