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The Florida Wildlife Hospital offers unique summer internship opportunities for students with an interest in native Florida wildlife. Summer internships (2 with housing, 2 without housing) are available at a wildlife hospital in Melbourne, Florida which admits over 4,800 patients annually. State and federally licensed wildlife rehabilitators care for native Florida wildlife and migratory birds (excluding marine mammals and venomous snakes) with assistance from veterinarians, volunteers, and interns. During the summer months, most admissions are infant birds and mammals that require almost constant care. Interns will learn to identify native species, set up age- and species-appropriate environments, choose, prepare, and feed nutritious diets, and assist with medical treatments. There may also be opportunities to work in our lab (blood analysis and parasite checks), observe surgeries and necropsies, assist with admission and treatment of patients, and visit nearby wildlife, zoo, and veterinary facilities.

Application Deadline is
April 5th, 2014

FWH Internship Program Specifications:

  • at least 18 years old
  • enrolled in a college program pursuing studies in biology, ornithology, wildlife sciences, environmental studies, pre-veterinary medicine, or a related field
  • in-person interview mandatory (no exceptions) and conducted on site in Melbourne, FL; all costs associated with the in-person interview are the interviewee’s responsibility
  • reliable transportation, valid driver’s license & proof of insurance required
  • a drug test will be required at the discretion of the director, manager, or president; this may occur at any time and for no reason or cause
  • applicants should have no animal-related allergies
  • previous experience working with wildlife or other animals helpful but not required
  • current tetanus shot required
  • pre-exposure rabies shots not required; however interns without shots will not work with rabies vector species (please verify that we will need you to work with these species before you obtain shots)


Interns must be able to:

  • speak, read and write the English language fluently
  • work independently and as a team member
  • do tedious tasks for long periods of time
  • work outdoors in Florida during the summer
  • be able to lift up to 50 pounds
  • walk up to 1 mile at a brisk pace over uneven terrain (for rescues & releases)
  • work quickly and efficiently while following directions and procedures exactly
  • get along with others in a group-housing situation
  • there is a risk of zoonotic disease associated with wildlife rehabilitation and applicants with an abnormal immune system or chronic auto-immune disorder are obligated to notify the director of this condition

  • interns provided with housing will be scheduled to work four 10-hour days each week, including weekends and holidays with rotating days off; interns accepted without housing may be scheduled up to 10 hours per day, up to 40 hours per week, including weekends and holidays with rotating days off
  • interns may be required to check in patients in the evenings on their scheduled days
  • May-August – exact dates will be dependent upon school end/start dates (approx 12 weeks)

  • internships are unpaid, and are available with or without housing
  • air-conditioned housing is available with a private bedroom; the bathroom, living room & kitchen will be shared with another intern
  • food and utilities other than water/electric/gas are intern’s responsibility; internet access is available (we do not provide telephone service or cable TV)
  • medical insurance is not provided by Florida Wildlife Hospital; it is strongly suggested that interns have their own insurance
  • interns will sign a waiver exempting Florida Wildlife Hospital & Sanctuary, Inc. from liability for injury and illness occurring during the internship

To apply please complete the following steps:

  • Fill in the on-line form, including the essay portion:
    FWH Internship Application
  • Send two letters of reference including addresses and contact numbers from two individuals not related to you who have known you for over a year; should include employment history with dates, names, and contact telephone numbers for employers

Students will be contacted after their application has been reviewed by Florida Wildlife Hospital’s board of directors. Interviews will be conducted in March and April. Interns chosen for the positions are expected to start in early May. Exact dates will be determined by school schedules.

Application Deadline is
April 5th, 2014


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