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The SCWC Internship Program offers biology, ecology and pre-vet and veterinary students the opportunity to play an important role in the rearing and rehabilitation of the 3,000+ wild animals admitted for care during the year. Over the course of 10 to 12 weeks, interns learn the natural history, husbandry and medical treatment requirements of Maryland wildlife, in addition to polishing their interpersonal and public speaking skills.

By the end of the internship, most interns are able to:

  • identify dozens of wild species by sight and sound
  • offer natural history information on numerous wild (and domestic, as they relate) animals
  • dispense humane solutions to common wildlife conflicts
  • perform basic animal-health exams
  • perform basic laboratory procedures, like taking and developing radiographs and diagnosing from under the microscope
  • perform basic medical procedures, like dosing medications and assisting a veterinarian during surgery

Basic Duties

  • cage cleaning
  • diet preparation and distribution
  • animal behavior observation
  • general housekeeping

Advanced Duties

  • medication dosage and distribution
  • patient admission and animal-health exams
  • diagnostics - radiographs, blood tests, parasite tests, etc.

Requirements

  • completed at least one semester of undergraduate study
  • can commit to at least ten consecutive weeks (hour requirements listed below)
  • have a current tetanus vaccination
  • provide own housing and transportation
  • ability to lift 22.7-kg/50-lbs

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

WINTER Internships:

  • November through January, ten to 15 hours per week
  • Applications accepted from 1 August through 30 September

SPRING Internships:

  • February through April, ten to 15 hours per week
  • Applications accepted from 1 November through 31 December

SUMMER Internships:

  • May through July, 20 (part-time) to 40 (full-time) hours per week
  • Applications accepted from 1 February through 31 March

FALL Internships:

  • August through October, ten to 15 hours per week
  • Applications accepted from 1 May through 30 June

Please complete the Intership Application and return it, along with a statement of interest, resume, and a copy of your unofficial transcript to SCWC. Applications received after designated due dates will be automatically wait-listed.

Questions? Comments? Email them to internships@scwc.org or call 301-926-WILD.

 


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