Wildlife Externships

Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife

  • Location: Sanibel, FL
  • Length: 4-12 weeks
  • Timeline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. No set term dates.
  • Application Materials:
    1. Completed CROW Application Form
    2. Letter of Intent (1/2-1 page length)
    3. Resume
    4. Recent school transcripts (non-official are accepted)
    5. Two letters of recommendation (work-related preferred)
  • Other info: A $125 program fee and $75 housing fee are required

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

  • Location: Tallahassee, FL
  • Length: 4-6 weeks preferable, but 2 week externships will be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Timeline: not currently accepting applications due to COVID-19
  • Application Materials: Not specified

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

  • Location: Glen Rose, TX
  • Length: 6-8 weeks
  • Timeline: Not specified
  • Application Materials:
    1. Cover letter of interest detailing background and career goals
    2. CV
    3. Contact information for three professional references (phone numbers and email)
    4. A prioritized list of 3 blocks of time you are available
  • Other info: a $300 per month stipend and free on-site housing are provided

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

  • Location: Corvallis, OR
  • Length: 3-6 weeks
  • Timeline: Applications are due no later than April 15th to be considered for an externship within the following calendar year
  • Application Materials:
    1. Cover letter, including multiple potential sets of dates
    2. Resume or CV
    3. Letter of recommendation from a veterinary faculty member

PAWS Wildlife Center

  • Location: Lynnwood, WA
  • Length: 3-4 weeks
  • Timeline: Externships are available only from April 1 through September 30 every year. Available externship blocks fill up to 2 years in advance. Priority will be given to applications submitted by August 31.
  • Application Materials:
    1. Letter of intent describing your career goals and reasons for wanting to participate in the Wildlife Medicine and Surgery Externship program at PAWS.
    2. Curriculum vitae or resume
    3. Veterinary school transcripts (copies are acceptable)
    4. Three letters of references
    5. Online application

Rocky Mountain Wildlife Veterinary Externship (Colorado Parks and Wildlife National Park Service,  Wyoming Game and Fish Department)

  • Location: Fort Collins, CO
  • Length: 4 weeks
  • Timeline: Rotation goes from August 30– September 24, 2021. Application deadline is October 1, 2020.
  • Application Materials:
    1. One-page cover letter /letter of interest
    2. Curriculum vitae
    3. One letter of reference
    4. Short (one page or less) example of previous writing (published or unpublished) to demonstrate writing style for projects related to public communication

Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research

  • Location: Newark, DE
  • Length: 3-6 weeks
  • Timeline: Not specified
  • Application Materials:
    1. Interested applicants should email Dr. Cristin Kelley at ckelley@tristatebird.org

University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine Raptor Center

  • Location: St. Paul, MN
  • Length: 3-6 weeks
  • Timeline: Not specified
  • Application Materials:
    1. Resume
    2. Cover letter listing your main interests and what you expect to achieve/gain during your stay
    3. Two letters of reference
    4. Proposed dates
  • Other info: If accepted for an externship, there is a $75.00 application fee.

Wildlife Center of Virginia

  • Location: Waynesboro, VA
  • Length: 3-12 weeks
  • Timeline: Externs are selected on a first-come, first-serve basis and available positions often fill up 12 months in advance.
  • Application Materials:
    1. Resume
    2. Letter explaining career goals
    3. Proof of rabies vaccination or an adequate titer level within two years of the externship
    4. Online application form
  • Other info: a student vehicle and housing are provided for $75/week.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota

  • Location: Roseville, MN
  • Length: Unspecified
  • Timeline: Spots are on a first-come, first-served basis and applicants should apply as soon as possible.
  • Application Materials:
    1. CV
    2. One letter of recommendation