Internship Program

An internship at Greenwood provides the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with many different wildlife species. Interns will learn skills such as handling techniques, cleaning and sterilization procedures, habitat enrichment, diets, food preparation, and feeding methods.

Our internships are intended to provide nursing experience and on-the-job training in basic rehab skills, not to teach veterinary medicine.


As an intern at Greenwood, you will be expected to work hard and get your hands dirty! There is a lot to learn from our wild patients through daily feeding and cleaning activities, but we need people who are really willing to take the initiative, learn, and get messy in the process.

There is no ‘cuddle time’ with these animals. Our primary objective is to return them to their natural, wild habitat once they are rehabilitated. We are an animal rehabilitation center first and foremost—and our patients and facilities must be treated as such.

We hope a working internship will help interns to examine wildlife career opportunities. In return, we expect to work with enthusiastic, mature, hard-working people who will become an integral part of the working staff at Greenwood during their internship.

Greenwood is a nonprofit organization and prides itself on offering an extensive and robust internship that provides lifelong experience and unforgettable memories. 

Internships are unpaid, and you must be 18 years old to apply. If you are interning for school credit or have a specific school project that needs to be completed during your time with us, let us know. We will likely be able to accommodate it.

Recommended Qualifications

Previous experience in animal care—whether with wildlife or domesticated animals—is not required. Degrees (or degrees in progress) in the natural sciences, wildlife management, veterinary medicine, veterinary technician, or environmental education are welcomed, but we consider interns from all backgrounds.

We believe that an interest in wildlife, a strong work ethic, and willingness to learn are more important.


You must be 18 years old to apply.
Provide proof of up-to-date tetanus vaccination.
Up-to-date pre-exposure rabies vaccination is required to work with rabies vector species.
Minimum 20 hrs per week for the full length of the internship (8 weeks = 160 hrs min, 12 weeks = 240 hrs min).
Shifts are 7am-12pm, 12pm-5pm, and 5pm-10pm.
5 hrs to 10 hrs shifts spent standing, walking, bending, twisting, and lifting.
Availability at least three days per week.
Ability to work night/morning shifts, weekend shifts, and holidays is required.

2019 Session Dates

8-week internships
  • Spring Session 1:  April 1st – May 26th (CLOSED)
  • Spring Session 2:  April 29th – June 23rd (CLOSED)
  • Summer Session 1:  May 20th – July 14th (CLOSED)
  • Summer Session 2:  June 10th – August 4th (CLOSED)
  • Summer Session 3:  June 24th – August 18th (CLOSED)
  • Summer Session 4:  July 15th – September 8th (CLOSED)
  • Summer Session 5:  July 29th – September 22nd (CLOSED)
  • Fall Session 1:  August 19th – October 13th (CLOSED)
  • Fall Session 2:  September 16th – November 10th (CLOSED)
12-week internships
  • Spring Session:  April 1st – June 23rd (CLOSED)
  • Summer Session:  June 3rd – August 25th (CLOSED)
  • Fall Session: August 12th – November 3rd (CLOSED)

Housing and Transportation

There is currently no on-site housing at Greenwood. You will be responsible for finding your own housing. However, we will certainly be available to make recommendations on housing in the area. You will also be responsible for arranging your own transportation to and from the center. Please be aware there is no public transportation directly to the center.

How to Apply

Greenwood’s 2019 internship program is now CLOSED.

The application process for the 2020 internship program will open on January 1st 2020.

Questions? Please contact our Volunteer & Outreach Manager!
We appreciate your interest in Greenwood Wildlife!