Exotic Animal Experience Opportunities

State Veterinary Medical Associations

Please refer to your individual state’s Veterinary Medical Association (VMA) for opportunities within your specific state/area. Each state VMA can be found here: https://www.avma.org/about/state-vmas

North Carolina

All Walks of Life Mobile Service
Address: 3065 Langdon Road, Angier, NC 27501
Contact: Dr. Edward Samuels
Email:  allwalksoflife@mindspring.com
Phone: (919) 567-2965
Website: http://www.allwalksoflifemobilevetservices.com/

Animal Ed.Ventures Sanctuary
Address: 1489 Live Oak Rd, Coats, NC 27521
Email: sanctuary@animal-edventures.org
Phone: 910-897-1555

Animal Hospital of Fayetteville
Address: 3109 Fort Bragg Rd., Fayetteville NC 28303
Phone: (910) 323-1535
Website: http://www.ahofnc.org/

Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV)
Website: ARAV.ORG

Atrium Animal Hospital
Address: 6520 McMahon Drive, Charlotte NC 28226
Phone: (704) 542-2000
Website: www.atriumanimalhospital.com

Avian and Exotic Animal Care
Address: 8711 Fidelity Blvd., Raleigh NC 27617
Phone: (919) 844-9166
Website: www.avianandexotic.com

Avian & Exotic Mobile Veterinary Service
Address: 121 Carriage Drive, Stoneville, NC 27048
Phone: (336) 427-0083

Be Wild Exotic Animal Education and Rescue
Address: Durham, NC
Email: info@bewildnc.org
Phone: 919-442-8238
Website: https://bewildnc.org/support-us/

Blue Ridge Wildlife Center
Address: 106 Island Farm Lane, Boyce, VA 22620
Phone: (540) 837-9000
Website: https://www.blueridgewildlifectr.org/
Opportunity: Offers a summer clinical where you learn to rehabilitate wildlife and also gain enough experience to become licensed in N.C.

Carolina Tiger Rescue 
Address: 1940 Hanks Chapel Rd., Pittsboro, NC 27312
Phone: (919) 542-4684
Website: https://carolinatigerrescue.org/learn/internship/
Opportunity: This exciting 6-week, hands-on program gives interns an opportunity to learn many aspects of exotic animal care from routine feeding to veterinary care.

Carolina Veterinary Specialists
Address: 12117 Statesville Road, Huntersville NC 28078
Phone: (704) 949-1100
Website: http://www.carolinavet.com/ 

Phone: (919) 619-0776
Website: https://www.nc-claws.org/

Conservator’s Center Inc. (CCI)
Address: 676 E Hughes Mill Road, Burlington, NC 27217
Phone: (336) 421-0883
Website: http://www.conservatorscenter.org/
Opportunity: Learn about the care of all the animals and what it takes to run a non-profit facility; summer internships available.

Duke University, Lemur Center
Address: 3705 Erwin Road
Phone: (919) 401-7240
Website: http://lemur.duke.edu/

Fresh Start Rescue Inc.
Website: https://www.freshstartrescueinc.org/volunteers-and-internships.html

Griffin Avian and Exotic Veterinary Hospital
Address: 2100 Lane Street, Kannapolis NC 28083
Phone: (704) 932-8111
Website: http://www.griffinexotics.com/

Highlands Biological Station
Address: 265 North Sixth Street, Highlands, NC 28741
Phone: (828) 526-2623
Email: eliese@highlandsbiological.org
Website: https://highlandsbiological.org/jobs-and-internships/
Opportunity: Full-time, summer internship in which interns help teach the public about the history of the Appalachians and related Nature Center exhibits as well as assist with animal husbandry. Send cover letter, resume, and 3 references to above email address, along with NC application (link provided on website). Stipend, housing, and possible college internship credit provided

Noah’s Landing
Address: 1489 Live Oak Rd, Coats, NC 27521
Phone: (910) 897-1555
Opportunity: Noah’s Landing offers volunteer positions to assist with animal care, as well as work as tour guides. Students can participate in their internship, which provides hands on animal care and can be counted for college credit.

North Carolina Herpetological Society
Website: ncherps.org

North Carolina Wildlife
N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Wildlife Diversity Program
Address: 1751 Varsity Drive, Raleigh, N.C. 27699
Phone: (919) 707-0064
Website: http://www.ncwildlife.org/Volunteer.aspx
Opportunity: the agency’s Wildlife Diversity Program works to prevent species from becoming endangered by maintaining viable, self-sustaining populations of all native wildlife, with an emphasis on species in decline.

NC Zoo Internships
Address: 4401 Zoo Pkwy, Asheboro, NC 27205
Website: nczoo.org/interns

NC Zoo Wildlife Rehabilitator Internship
Address: 4401 Zoo Pkwy, Asheboro, NC 27205
Website: http://www.nczoo.org/subpages.aspx?pageID=12643&category=Volunteer&CID=215&contentPage=true&desc=false&listingID=4489
Opportunity: The N.C. Zoo offers a variety of exciting and unique internship opportunities.  A zoological environment offers a fun, yet challenging atmosphere to gain valuable career building knowledge and experience.

Phoenix Landing Helping Parrots
Address: P.O. Box 459 Alexander, NC 28701
Email: contact@phoenixlanding.org
Website: https://www.phoenixlanding.org/

Piedmont Wildlife Center
Address: 364 Leigh Farm Road, Durham NC, 27707
Phone: (919) 489-0900
Website: http://www.piedmontwildlifecenter.org/volunteer/
Opportunity: Volunteer opportunity includes animal and raptor care and offers rolling admission; application is available online. Internship opportunities include wildlife conservation (available spring, summer, and fall semesters) and education (available spring and summer semesters); application available online.

Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary
Address: 119 Doe Dr, Hubert, NC 28539
Phone: (910) 326-6432
Website: https://www.possumwoodacres.org/internships
Opportunity: Intern works with small mammals and a wide variety of birds through rehabilitation, education, and animal care. Work for a minimum of 30 hours/week with a minimum of 8 weeks; time of year of internship depends on intern’s availability. Application is available online.

Red Dog Farm Animal Rescue Network
Address: 8653 NC Hwy 65, Stokesdale, NC 27357
Email: info@reddogfarm.com
Phone: 336-288-7006
Website: http://reddogfarm.com/volunteer/

River Road Animal Hospital
Address: 8593 River Rd SE, Southport NC 28461
Phone: (910) 454-8910
Website: http://www.rrvet.com/

Rolesville Veterinary Hospital
Address: 300 Batten Road, Rolesville, NC 27571
Phone: (919) 562-0100
Website: www.rolesvillepetcare.com

Schiele Museum of Natural History
Address: 1500 E Garrison Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28054
Phone: (704) 866-6911
Email: alanm@cityofgastonia.com
Website: https://www.schielemuseum.org/join-us-volunteer-intern/
Opportunity: Internship involves animal husbandry, presenting information to museum audiences, and data collection; Available during spring, summer, and fall semesters; housing is available on site food and transportation not provided; email resume, letter of interest, and availability along with application form to email provided and can call phone number provided for more information.

SkyWatch Bird Rescue
Phone: (855) 40-RESCU · (855) 407-3728
Email: info@skywatchbirdrescue.org
Website: skywatchbirdrescue.org

Timberlyne Animal Clinic
Address: 110 Banks Drive, Chapel Hill NC 27514
Phone: (919) 968-3047
Website: https://vcahospitals.com/timberlyne

Western North Carolina Nature Center
Address: 75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28805
Phone: (828) 259-8080
Website: https://wildwnc.org/volunteer-2/
Opportunity: Variety of internships including Nature Lab, Small Mammal, and Wildlife Rehab (plus many more). All internships are unpaid, but internship credit is possible. Internships are available fall, spring, and summer semesters. Summer 2018 application due April 20, 2018. Internship descriptions are on provided website, and application is online.


Little Rock Zoo Internship
Contact: Kate Barszczowski, kbarszczowski@littlerock.org
Address: 1 Zoo Drive Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: (501) 661-7271
Website: http://www.littlerockzoo.com/internships
Opportunity: Interns will gain valuable experience working with exotic animals by working with professional zookeepers.

Email: internship@discoverwildcare.org


Coast and Canyon Wildlife Rehabilitation
Phone: 310-480-1760
Email: marcia@coastandcanyonwildlife.org
Website: http://coastandcanyonwildlife.org/

Address: 76 Albert Park Lane
San Rafael, CA 94901
Phone: 415-453-1000 x18
Website: https://www.discoverwildcare.org/volunteer-opportunities/internships-in-wildcares-wildlife-rehabilitation-hospital/
Email: internship@discoverwildcare.org
Opportunity: Internships involve wildlife rehabilitation and animal care; intern will learn about husbandry, history, and some medical techniques; must commit to 24 hours a week for three months; housing and transportation not provided; application available online.


Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
Phone: 303-823-8455
Website: https://www.greenwoodwildlife.org/


Dolphins Plus
Address: 101900 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
Phone: (305) 451-1993
Website: https://www.dolphinsplus.com/research-and-education

Dolphin Plus Marine Mammal Responder
Address: 31 Corrine Place, Key Largo, Florida 33037
Phone: (305) 453-4321
Website: https://www.dpmmr.org/dolphins-plus-marine-mammal-educational-courses/internships

Florida Keys Wild Bird Center
Address: Overseas Highway Tavernier, FL 33070
Phone: (305) 852-4486
Email: info@keepthemflying.org
Website: https://www.keepthemflying.org/

Island Dolphin Care
Address: 150 Lorelane Place, Key Largo, FL 33037
Phone: P: 305-451-5884 | F: 305-453-5399
Website: https://islanddolphincare.org/educational-resources/marine-mammal-courses/

South Florida Wildlife Center
Website: https://www.southfloridawildlifecenter.org/opportunities/
Opportunity: Introduce intern to wildlife care, rehabilitation and medicine.

Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center, Inc.
Address: Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone: (941) 778-6324
Website: https://wildlifeinc.org/

Zoo Miami
Address: 12400 SW 152 Street, Miami, FL 33177
Phone: (305) 251-0400
Email:  zminternships@miamidade.gov
Website: https://www.zoomiami.org/volunteer


Black Pine Animal Sanctuary
Address: 1426 W. 300 N., P.O. Box 02, Albion, IN 46701
Phone: (260) 636-7383
Website: http://www.blackpine.org/
Opportunity: 8-12 week summer internships available; responsible for husbandry of animals and customer service at the exotic animal park; some housing available upon request; applications available on-line.


Audubon Nature Institute Conservation Research Internship Opportunities
Website: https://audubonnatureinstitute.org/volunteer
Opportunity: College students interested in conservation biology are admitted into a selective internship program where they gain hands-on experience with breeding programs for endangered wildlife.


Maryland Zoo
Website: https://www.marylandzoo.org/about-us/internships/
Opportunity: Internships give students the opportunity to gain college credit for supervised work and learning experiences, while introducing them to professional skills and responsibilities in a career field of interest.


New England Wildlife Center
Website: https://www.newildlife.org/internships/
Opportunity: Undergraduate students and high school students participating the program gain valuable first-hand experience in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), veterinary medical technology, medicine, and natural history.

Cape Wildlife Center

Address: 4011 Main St, Barnstable, MA 02630
Phone: 508-362-0111

Website: https://capewildlifecenter.com/


John Ball Zoo
Website: http://www.jbzoo.org/support/internship
Opportunity: In this exciting and challenging atmosphere, interns will be able to supplement previous experiences and apply classroom knowledge.


Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota

Address: Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, 2530 Dale St N, Roseville, MN 55113
Phone: 651-486-9453


Henry Doorly Zoo
Website: http://www.omahazoo.com/
Opportunity: Various summer internship opportunities available, such as Reproductive Biology Summer Intern.

New Hampshire

The Student Conservation Association
Address: National Office; Charlestown, NH
Dale Penny, SCA President
P.O. Box 550, 689 River Road, Charlestown, NH 03603
Tel. 603.543.1700, Fax 603.543.1828 (fax)
Website: http://www.thesca.org/http://www.thesca.org/contact

New York

Seneca Park Zoo
Address: 2222 St. Paul Street, Rochester NY 14621
Contact: Ken Nelson, kon9268@rit.edu
Website: http://senecaparkzoo.org/get-involved/aab-pre-vet-internships/
Opportunity: Five week funded research and clinical summer fellowship.


Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education Center

Address: 11845 Lower River Rd. Grants Pass, OR 97526
Phone: 541-476-0222


Philadelphia Zoo Internship
Website: https://www.volgistics.com/od/13387/assignment/67/profile
Opportunity: Through our internships, we provide practical, high-quality experiences that help you achieve your academic and professional goals

Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center
Address: 1161 Cherry Drive, Stroudsburg, PA 18360
Phone: 570-402-0223
Email: poconowildlife@gmail.com
Website: https://poconowildlife.com/

Skye’s Spirit Wildlife
Address: 889 Farren Surrena Road  Harrisville, PA  16038
Phone: 814-786-9677
Email: rehab@skyes-spirit.com
Website: https://skyes-spirit.com/


Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition

Address: 10801 Hammerly Blvd., Ste. 200  Houston, TX 77043
Phone: 713-468-8972

Website: https://www.houstonhumanewildlife.org/


PAWS. People Helping Animals (Wildlife Center)
Address: 15305 44th Ave W, Lynnwood, WA 98087
Phone: (425) 787-2500
Website: https://www.paws.org/volunteer/
Opportunity: There are a variety of opportunities available for individuals who wish to gain valuable hands-on experience in the fields of companion animal sheltering, public affairs/community relations, wildlife rehabilitation and veterinary medicine.

Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation.                                   Website: http://wolfhollowwildlife.org/index.php/education/internships/
Opportunity: An internship at Wolf Hollow provides the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with many different wildlife species and to learn skills such as handling techniques, diets, food preparation and feeding methods and to assist experienced rehab.

Washington D.C.

National Zoo Animal Management Internship, Keeper Aide Intern, Bird Area
Website: https://nationalzoo.si.edu/careers/internships/animal-care-and-bird-behavior-research-internship-scbi
Opportunity: The National Zoo provides the opportunity for interns to participate in daily animal management and visitor education.

National Zoological Park Internship Program, Rock Creek – CSS – Internship in One Health
Website: https://nationalzoo.si.edu/careers/internships/center-for-species-survival-internship-one-health
Opportunity: This internship is a collaboration project between the Department of Wildlife Health Sciences, the Center for Species Survival, and the Department of Nutrition Science.  Interns will have the opportunity to work with Dr. Michael Power on projects related to clinical nutrition and animal health, human public health research, and laboratory-based investigations of animal nutrition.

National Zoo Conservation Education Internship
Website: https://nationalzoo.si.edu/careers/internships/conservation-education-internship
Opportunity: The intern’s main duties will focus on growing skills in program development, research, and providing engaging opportunities for zoo visitors.

Various Locations in the US

International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council Intern
Website: https://theiwrc.org/job-postings-and-animal-placement/show-ad/?id=60582
Opportunity: Explore the differing internship/career opportunities available.

African Conservation Experience
Website: https://www.conservationafrica.net/short-experiences/
Opportunity: Follow one of our professional guides deep into the African wilderness. With expert tuition in a variety of wildlife conservation issues, you’ll return home with new skills as well as amazing memories from your time in Africa.

Global Vision International
Phone: 01727 250 250
Website: http://www.gvi.co.uk/
Opportunity: Various trips available; promotes sustainable development worldwide through responsible volunteering programs

Email: vetinfo@lafeber.com
Phone: 1-815-888-4040 Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CST
Website: https://lafeber.com/vet/resources-education/
Opportunity: Will frequently have free scheduled exotics CE

Loop Abroad
Website: https://www.loopabroad.com/program/veterinary-service-south-africa/
Opportunities: Unforgettable veterinary and animal experiences in Thailand, South Africa, and Australia!

Projects Abroad
Website: https://www.projects-abroad.org/volunteer-projects/veterinary-medicine-and-animal-care/
Opportunity: Assisting professional vets and staff at clinics with routine treatments and caring for animals at specialized centers by helping with feeding, cleaning, maintenance, and behavior observation.

VetMed Team
Website: https://www.vetmedteam.com/classes-free.aspx
Opportunity: Will frequently have free scheduled exotics CE

Aquatic Opportunities

North Carolina

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Address: 100 Conservation Way, Manteo NC, 27954
Phone: (252) 473-1131
Email: tracey_rock@fws.gov
Website: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/alligator-river/get-involved
Opportunity: Interns are involved in multiple refuge programs, including turtle patrol and bird nesting. Internship provides a food stipend, and on-site housing is provided. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Send background/experience, cover letter, availability, resume, and three references to email provided.

Bald Head Island Conservancy, Inc. Environmental Education Internship
Bald Head Island Conservancy, P.O. Box 3109,  Bald Head Island, NC 28461
Telephone: (910)-457-0089
Contact: Kendyll Goeman, Environmental Educator
Email: kendyll@bhic.org
Website: https://bhic.org/discover/conservation/environmental-services/#
Opportunity: This internship is  intended to give undergraduates not only environmental education experience, but also experience in working at a small non-profit organization.

The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center
Address: 302 Tortuga Lane PO Box 2095 Surf City, NC 28445
Website: https://www.seaturtlehospital.org/volunteer.html

NCSU Turtle Rescue Team
Website: https://cvm.ncsu.edu/outreach/resources/turtle-rescue-team/

North Carolina Aquariums Aquariology Internship Opportunities
Contact information: http://www.ncaquariums.com/contact-us
Website: https://www.ncaquariums.com/internships


Alaska SeaLife Center
Opportunity: Depending on the type of fellowship, duties may include assisting aquarium, avian or marine mammal staff with animal husbandry tasks; helping with marine-related research projects or as support in our education department. Fellows will be required to participate in a variety of areas and all are required to participate to some extent in the interpretive aspects of our operation.


Mystic Aquarium Institute for Exploration
Mystic Aquarium’s intern program is designed to provide college students and recent college graduates with an advance knowledge of the aquatic world.  There are 1-3 internships available each semester as well as in the summer.
Contact information – 55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, CT 06355-1997
Phone: 860.572.5955  Fax: 860.572.5969
Email: info@mysticaquarium.org
website: http://www.mysticaquarium.org/careers/internships/


Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Website: https://myfwc.com/
Opportunity: FWRI interns are college-level students or post-graduates who spend a semester working with a mentor to obtain career guidance and experience.

Mote Marine Laboratory Internship Opportunities for College Students
Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL34236.
Phone: (941) 388-4441
Website: https://mote.org/research/internships
Opportunity: Mote internships are designed to inspire students with a life-long appreciation and commitment to the conservation and sustainability of our oceans by providing unique, hands-on opportunities to conduct ocean science research, education, or support services under the mentorship of Mote scientists, educators, animal care specialists, and other professionals.


Shedd Aquarium
Website: https://www.sheddaquarium.org/About-Us/Jobs-Internships-and-Volunteering/Internships/Marine-Mammals-Internship/
Opportunity: The marine mammal intern program is designed to be a career learning experience. Interns will gain firsthand experience in data collection, food preparation, and marine mammal husbandry.


National Marine Life Center
Website: https://nmlc.org/ways-to-help/
Opportunity: Depending on need and case load, interns will assist with the care of the NMLC rehabilitation patients including seals, sea turtles, and freshwater turtles. Animal Care duties will include animal restraint; cleaning; disinfecting tanks, equipment, and environmental enrichment devices; diet preparation; administering feeds (including tube feeding); record keeping; facility maintenance; and water quality testing.

New England Aquarium
Website: http://www.neaq.org/get-involved/internship-programs
Opportunity: Our internships offer college students, recent graduates, and career changers experience in nearly every department of the Aquarium — from marketing to animal care.


Seattle Aquarium
Website: https://www.seattleaquarium.org/internships
Opportunity: The Seattle Aquarium internship program is designed for those with a strong desire to move into the zoo/aquarium field as a career path. Our internship is an in-depth program requiring a minimum commitment of 400 hours (maximum of 500 hours) in at least 10 weeks but no more than 13 weeks (32-40 hours per week).