Center for Wildlife
Intern Hosting Opportunities

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If you’re looking for a way to contribute to Center for Wildlife, but don’t have time or money to give at this time, hosting an intern is another great way to support our work treating injured and orphaned wild animals. Each year, CFW hires 20+ Wildlife Care Interns from across the country to help with the daily care of the patients in our medical clinic as well as the “Wildlife Ambassadors” that permanently reside here. With the help of our dedicated interns, we’re able to provide quality care to the sometimes over 250 patients in our clinic at one time, answer wildlife related questions over the phone, and continue expanding our organization and improving our practices year after year.

In the past, our intern hosts tell us that it is extremely rewarding to know that you’re helping a young person pursue their dream of working with wild animals, and at the same time helping CFW to help injured wildlife. In return for hosting an intern, we are more than happy to provide you with a receipt of donation for in-kind services. Since Center for Wildlife is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the expenses of hosting an intern are tax deductible and we will give you a record of donation. If you’re interested in becoming an intern host, please scroll down to learn more .Click here to read our Intern Host Checklist and Q&A to get a sense of the process and what we're looking for. In addition, our Volunteer & Intern Coordinator would be happy to speak with you or set up a meeting, and can be reached via email, or phone at 207-361-1400. A meeting can also be arranged with a current or past intern host as well. Thank you for considering hosting a Center for Wildlife intern!

“We have thoroughly enjoyed hosting our interns. They are dedicated, interesting young people who come home every day with engaging stories about the animals they have in their care. We really enjoy the whole experience!” –Deb Georgitis, intern host since 2009.

"Having Lauren stay with us for 9 weeks this past summer was so much fun! She was so self-sufficient and a joy to have around. We found that she became a part of the family. She was also a great companion to our family dogs when we were away. Loved her!" - Diane Wyman, intern host since 2013

"We have fully enjoyed having Alexis stay at our house and share great stories about her adventures with CFW. It has benefitted our son immensely, to have a cool young person hang out with him and watch movies and football with. She has also stepped up many times to take care of our animals on weekends when we were away. We will be very sad when Alexis leaves for a new adventure, but want you to know we would be very happy to host another intern if the need arises!" -Matt Lahr, intern host since 2015

"I'd like to say that we thoroughly enjoyed our intern Kelci and would gladly have let her move in permanently!" -Diane McHenry, intern host since 2015

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How Does this Help, and Who am I hosting?

Interns ensure that all of our patients receive appropriate, species-specific diets; have clean, safe enclosures; receive medications in a timely manner; and also keep the clinic clean by constantly doing laundry, dishes, and administrative tasks. During “baby season” they take on the bulk of hand-feeding and caring for hundreds of orphaned mammals and songbirds. In return, we provide a quality, hands-on, and educational experience for hard-working individuals interested in working with wildlife.

Students selected will be encouraged to participate in all aspects of rehabilitation management – from cleaning, feeding, cage set-up and maintenance, to close observation, treatment, and release of animals. Focusing on hands-on animal care has given our past interns valuable experience in such crucial tasks as diagnosing injuries and illnesses, administering medication, learning how to safely handle wild animals, raising orphaned birds and mammals, and understanding the current challenges our wildlife face.

Hosted Intern Works with Great Horned OwlTypically, our interns are students pursuing degrees in wildlife-related programs, or graduates who have recently completed their studies. We do not require applicants to be enrolled in a college or university to apply however. Qualities we look for in applicants include independence, reliability, punctuality, maturity, ability to work with a team, strong work ethic, and (of course) a passion for working with and helping wild animals. The applicants we choose are focused and dedicated, committing 40 hours per week for 10-13 weeks to CFW. Sometimes interns are required to arrive as early as 6am, or stay as late as 10pm, depending on our patient load.

Since Center for Wildlife has no on-site intern housing, we rely on members from our community to provide a safe, clean place for out-of-state interns to stay during their internship. Applications come to us from all the way down the east coast, as far west as California, and just about every state in between. We are only able to select the best possible candidates from such a large pool of applicants if we’re able to provide housing for them. Rent in the York area is usually not affordable to college students and recent grads, especially when they’re working an unpaid internship. Their only option is to rely on us to find them free or cheap housing in the vicinity of Cape Neddick.

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What am I Expected to Provide?

As an intern host, you could provide the necessary accommodations by opening up a spare room in your home to allow an intern to stay during their internship. Depending on the time of year, internships run from 10 to 13 weeks. Intern hosts are trusted members of the CFW community who are able to provide a free and safe place for interns to stay during their internship, and who reside 10-40 minutes from the Center. Interns placed with a host family are responsible for providing their own transportation and meals during their stay.

Since each host is different, our Intern Coordinator will try to match interns with a host based on personality, interests, and lifestyle. Living arrangements can vary from a private bedroom in the host’s home to a rustic cabin with room for up to three interns. Some host families have kids, pets, or both, while others don’t; and while some hosts are home most of the time, others will travel and leave the intern in charge of the house. Interviews are conducted with both the intern and host family before any decisions are made to make sure everyone involved is happy and comfortable with the living arrangements.

To begin the process, contact our Volunteer and Intern Coordinator at 207-361-1400 or via email to set up a phone consultation and learn more, and then a site visit and interview would be set up. Click here to read our Intern Host Checklist and Q&A to get a sense of the process and what we're looking for. We hope you will consider helping a young professional's dream of working with wildlife come true!

If you're an intern looking for information on housing options, check out our Intern Housing Page!