Internships at OWL

The objective of the Operation WildLife Intern program is to provide a unique experiential learning opportunity to undergraduate or graduate students who are pursuing career opportunities in biology, zoology, or other related fields. Interns serve as wildlife caretakers at our main facility and learn animal husbandry skills and basic wildlife rehabilitation while caring for a diverse range of animal species and performing limited administrative duties. This program is designed to provide students with hands-on, real-world biological experience.

An internship with Operation WildLife will help you develop problem solving skills, leadership attributes, and hands-on experience. An OWL internship gives you a distinct advantage over others when seeking placement in competitive veterinary and graduate study program. OWL interns have gone on to prestigious jobs and schools such as:

  • Alaska SeaLife Center
  • San Diego Zoo
  • University of California at Davis (School of Veterinary Medicine)
  • Kansas State School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Peregrine Fund

Internship Description

The internship mainly involves animal husbandry responsibilities, but also incorporates administrative duties such as record-keeping, admittance procedures and answering the telephone. Examples of duties include:

  • Animal husbandry
  • Capture and restraint
  • Lab work
  • Food preparation
  • Diagnosis of illness and injury
  • Treatment of illness and injury

Internships require a 3-6 month commitment at 20-30 hours minimum per week to complete a total of 480 hours. The internship requires physical labor, ability to work in all types of outdoor conditions, and the ability to handle a demanding workload and long hours. Applicants should be at least 18 years of age and possess a strong work ethic and a high level of personal integrity.

The internship is unpaid, however, in most cases, it can be completed for college credit.

application procedure

Interested candidates should print and fill out the online application and submit it along with a resume and letter of reference from your sponsoring professor. Candidates will attend an orientation session as well as evaluation shifts before being accepted for the intern programs.

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FEIN #48-1078633
Contact Us:
23375 Guthrie Road
Linwood, KS 66052
Phone: (785) 542-3625
Fax: (785) 542-5114
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