Our internships generally take place during the busiest time of the year (late spring and summer). This offers the widest range of experiences for the intern. There is some flexibility with the starting and ending dates, but in general they will go mid-May through mid-August. (Internships can be offered at other times of the year, but may be a more limited experience.)


  • Passion for Ohio wildlife.
  • At least 18 years of age and fluent in English.
  • Currently enrolled as a college student or recent graduate of an environmental studies program.
  • Up to date tetanus vaccination and medical insurance. Pre-exposure rabies vaccines not required but allow the intern the opportunity to work with rabies vector species.
  • Valid driver’s license, car insurance and access to a vehicle.
  • Work well independently and as a part of a team
  • Able to lift 50 pounds.
  • Able to follow directions and work cooperatively with staff, volunteers, and the public.
  • Able to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Willingness to take orphaned animals for overnight home care.


  • Minimum commitment of 200 hours during a 12-15 week internship.
  • Flexible schedule – available weekends, evenings and holidays.
  • Provide requirements for any academic credits you will receive.
  • Must be willing to submit to a background check with fingerprinting if requested.

Tasks may include, but are not limited to:

  • Diet preparation for rehab and education animals.
  • Daily facility and enclosure cleaning.
  • Record keeping: admissions, animal care, medical charts, staff notes, etc.
  • Assisting with the supervision of volunteers.
  • Answering the hotline and directly engaging the public.
  • Capture and transport of injured and orphaned animals to the center.
  • Hand feeding injured and orphaned birds and mammals, including tube feeding.
  • Animal handling and restraint.
  • Learning wound management, bandaging, and calculating and administering medications.