INTERN HOSTING OPPORTUNITIES
Adopt an Intern or Apprentice!
Hosting an intern is another great way to support our work of building a sustainable future for wildlife. Each year, Center for Wildlife hires 15 Wildlife Care Interns from across the country to help with the daily care of the patients in our medical clinic. With the help of our dedicated interns, we’re able to provide high quality care to the large volume of patients (sometimes over 250 at a time) in our clinic, 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 wildlife, and at the same time helping Center for Wildlife to help injured wildlife. In return for hosting an intern, we will 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. If you’re interested in becoming an intern host, please contact our Intern Coordinator via email, or phone at 207-361-1400. Thank you for considering hosting a Center for Wildlife intern!
How does hosting an intern help Center for Wildlife's Mission?
Center for Wildlife’s internship and apprenticeship programs allow individuals interested in working with wildlife to help fulfill our mission of providing medical treatment and rehabilitation to local wildlife, as well as engage in environmental education opportunities for both themselves and members of the community. Since Center for Wildlife currently has no on-site intern housing, we rely on supporters from our community to provide a safe, clean place for out-of-state interns and apprentices to stay during their term. Applications come to us from across the nation, and many qualified applicants can only accept one of our seasonal positions if we are able to provide housing in the Cape Neddick area.
Who would I be hosting?
Typically, our interns and apprentices are students pursuing degrees in wildlife-related programs, or graduates who have recently completed their studies. Qualities we look for in applicants include independence, reliability, punctuality, emotional maturity, strong work ethic, and a strong interest in working with wildlife. The applicants we choose are focused and dedicated, committing 40-50 hours per week for 10 weeks to 12 months at Center for Wildlife.
What am I expected to Provide?
As an intern host, you would provide a free and safe place for an intern or apprentice to stay during their term. Depending on the time of year, internships run from 10 to 13 weeks, and apprenticeships are with us for 10 to 12 months. Intern and apprentice schedules may vary in response to our current patient load, and may be required to arrive as early as 6am or stay as late as 10pm.
Since individual host’s lifestyles can vary, our Intern Coordinator will try to match interns and apprentices 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 several interns and apprentices. Interns and apprentices placed with a host family are responsible for providing their own transportation and meals during their stay. 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. We have questionnaires for both the host and the intern/apprentice to make sure lifestyles will match up.
To begin the process, contact our 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!
host family Testimonials:
“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.
"We have fully enjoyed having Alexis stay at our house and share great stories about her adventures with CFW. It has benefited 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