Museum Medicine Internship Procedures and Requirements

Application procedure: 

Applications are submitted electronically to the Museum’s Chief Veterinarian, Dr. Daniel Dombrowski, for review by Veterinary Sciences (VetS) Staff. Students will be contacted, and interviews scheduled prior to final selection. Internship shifts are set and scheduled by Dr. Dombrowski and VetS staff prior to each semester (see below).

Students accepted into this program will be required to make a semester long commitment to the internship in order to receive their certification.  The number of interns accepted each semester will typically be between 1 and 4 as determined by Dr. Dombrowski and based on the current needs of the Museum.

Spring and Fall Semesters:  

Interns are required to complete a minimum of 10 hours per week over approximately 15 weeks for a minimum of 150 hours. Shifts last approximately 5 hours per day (12:30pm – 5:30 pm) on Tuesday and Thursday, with additional opportunities available. This schedule is set by Dr. Dombrowski and based on the Museum’s clinical case schedule and operational hours of the Window on Animal Health exhibit. While some weekends or other weekdays may be available
to interns for special opportunities, the regular weekly schedule will not vary.

Start and end dates for the spring and fall internships will be confirmed prior to start and scheduled for approximately the first and last weeks of classes.

Summer:

Summer interns are required to be onsite for a weekly schedule of either Monday- Thursdays 12:30- 5:30 or (in some cases with pre-approval by Dr. Dombrowski) Tuesday- Thursday 10:00-5:30. Summer interns are required to complete a minimum of 20 hours per week over approximately 10 weeks for minimum of 200 hours.

Start and end dates for the summer internships will be confirmed prior to start and scheduled for approximately the first and last weeks of classes.

Program Completion:

After completing the program, the student may continue volunteering at the Museum to become a student trainer for the next group of participants. Students who continue to work at the Museum into the following semester would continue to earn their animal and veterinary hours. This is invaluable to the program and demonstrates the leadership capabilities of the student trainers.

Application Deadlines:

Applications for spring semesters are due by the end of the day on November 7th/ Interview
dates to be scheduled within 2 weeks and final selections and positioned offered by the last day
of November.

Applications for summer and fall will be evaluated together and due by the end of the day on
April 7th. Interview dates to be scheduled within 2 weeks and final selections and positioned
offered by the last day of April.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic response, the Museum Veterinary Sciences Internship may be
offered as a combination of onsite and teleworking opportunities to be arranged by Dr.
Dombrowski.

To Apply:  

1. Students must be enrolled full-time at NCSU in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
2. Students may not have a criminal record.
3. Students should fill out and submit the Completed Museum Veterinary Sciences Internship application.
4. All supplemental documents should also be submitted electronically via a link found on the Museum Veterinary Sciences Internship Application.
5. Reference letters will be submitted electronically by the writer; however, it is up to the student to provide the individuals with a link to the electronic form which can also be found on the Museum Veterinary Sciences Internship Application.

The Museum Veterinary Sciences Internship Application can be found here.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled, and applicants should expect to hear back within 3 weeks of application deadline.