OWRC is seeking students for unpaid internships for the Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters. We are looking for individuals who share the same dedication and compassion for Maryland’s wildlife as we do. OWRC is strictly a no-kill facility, we value each individual life that comes through our doors.
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As a student intern with us you will gain many skills that will benefit you if you are looking to become a veterinarian, vet tech, are interested in obtaining a wildlife rehabilitation license, or are interested in working with wildlife in general.
You will get to shadow many of the veterinarians that work with us in a spay/neuter clinic, vet practice, and an emergency vet clinic. You will also be able to sit in on and assist with surgeries. In addition, you will be able to take two veterinarian certified classes (a list of all the classes we offer is here).
We offer limited housing to anyone who either lives in another state or who lives too far away to commute on a daily basis.
This is a hands-on internship and you will be trained in all aspects of the job, ranging from cleaning cages to assisting in surgeries.
In order to intern with OWRC the following expectations must be met:
• Be at least 18 years old
• Be able to complete 40 hours a week (in 8 hour shifts) for Summer semesters and at least 8 hours a week for Spring and Fall semesters
• Have your own reliable transportation
• Summer hours — Be able to work day, night, evening, and weekend shifts
• Have a 3.5 GPA or higher
• If you do not have a 3.5 GPA you may volunteer with us prior to the internship season and prove that you are a dedicated and reliable worker. In order to intern we ask that you volunteer regardless.
• Be enrolled in classes and be earning credit for the internship. This is simply to ensure that you are dedicated to the internship.
• We ask, but it is not required, that you get your Rabies Vector Species shots (RVS) so that you will be able to handle the RVS animals that come in (bats, raccoons, foxes, and skunks).
• Upon your start date you will be required to sign a liability release form
We offer 3 – 15 credit hours, depending on what your individual school is looking for regarding transferring credits back for graduation. We offer internships, externships, and independent study. Some schools require the student to complete a project – we can offer a number of topics for a paper or we can put together something for you to complete while you are with us. Internships are highly competitive as we only accept 4 or 5 students for Summer, 1 for Fall, and 1 or 2 for Spring.
The duration of your internship will vary depending on what calendar your school runs off of. Here is a tentative schedule of the seasons: Summer (June – September), Fall (August/September – December), Spring (January – May).
The sooner you are able to start here for the Summer session, the better, as it is much more demanding than the other seasons. If you are interested in more information or would like to intern at OWRC, please e-mail us.