Providing compassionate, rehabilitative care to orphaned, ill, and injured wild animals, and advising our community on helping wildlife.


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The SCWC Internship Program offers students the opportunity to participate in an important role, rearing and rehabilitating the more than 3,000 native Maryland wild animals admitted for care each year.

Over the course of 10 weeks, interns will learn:

  • the natural history, husbandry, enrichment and nutritional requirements of our wild patients while rearing or in recovery
  • the requirements of conditioning for release
  • rescue basic
  • laws, regulations and agencies governing wildlife rehabilitation
  • to educate the public on handling human/wildlife conflicts humanely
  • to identify species, as well as the sex, physiology and anatomy of bird, mammal and reptile/amphibian species
  • basic handling and proper restraint during exams, treatments, feeding and transport
  • about zoonotic diseases, parasites and common injuries
  • to observe animal behavior in captive and natural settings
  • to stay organized and multi-task in a busy, hectic environment


  • must be able to work under stressful conditions and as a team member
  • must be dependable, punctual and commit to 10 consecutive weeks
  • must have own reliable transportation and housing
  • must be in good health and have a current tetanus vaccination
  • must be able to lift 50 lbs. and work in inclement weather
  • must have completed at least one semester of undergraduate study
  • must complete the linked internship application, including a statement of interest, resume and a copy of your unofficial transcript

Our internship program is open throughout the year and divided into seasons as follows:

  • Winter– November through January, applications accepted from August through September
  • Spring-February through April, applications accepted from November through December
  • Summer-May through July, applications accepted from January through March
  • Fall-August through October, applications accepted from April through June

Please complete the linked Internship Application and return it, along with a statement of interest, resume and a copy of your unofficial transcript to Second Chance by email at, with “INTERNSHIP” in the subject line, or by mail to Second Chance Wildlife Center, 7101 Barcellona Drive, Gaithersburg, MD  20879, Attn: Internships.  Applications received after designated due dates will be automatically wait-listed.