Interested in Becoming a FWH Intern?

The Florida Wildlife Hospital offers unique unpaid summer internship opportunities for students with an interest in native Florida wildlife. Summer internships are available at our facility in Palm Shores, Florida. 

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), assist with admission and treatment of patients, and visit nearby wildlife, zoo, and veterinary facilities.


Do you Qualify?

  • All applicants must be 18 years of age or older
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a college program pursuing studies in biology, ornithology, wildlife sciences, environmental studies, pre-veterinary medicine, or a related field.
  • An in-person mandatory interview (no exceptions) will be conducted on site in Palm Shores, FL; all costs associated with the in-person interview are the interviewee's responsibility
  • Reliable transportation, a valid driver license and 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 is helpful but not required
  • A current tetanus shot is required
  • Pre-exposure rabies shots not required; however interns without shots will not work with rabies vector species

Internship Schedule:

  • 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)


Compensation:

  • Internships are unpaid
  • 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

How to apply:

To apply, please complete the following steps:
  • Send a cover letter and resume to events@floridawildlifehospital.org by April 21.
  • 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

Students will be contacted after their application has been reviewed by Florida Wildlife Hospital. Interns chosen for the positions are expected to start in early May. Exact dates will be determined by school schedules.


Florida Wildlife 

Hospital & Sanctuary 

4560 North US Highway 1

Palm Shores, FL 32935

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