New England Wildlife Center
Preserving New England's Wild Legacy

Wildlife and Exotic Animal Medicine Internship

Students from all over the world come to the Center to work and study in both the Wildlife Clinic and the Odd Pet Vet (exotic animal practice).   Students come to the Center to gain valuable first hand experience in veterinary medical technology, medicine and natural history.  Our internship program specializes in full-immersion apprentice-style job training  to high school and undergraduate students.  Over a hundred, out of eight-hundred, of our interns have gone on to veterinary school and graduate training.  Many gained their first exposure to the field of veterinary medicine  at the Center as volunteers who then went on to be interns at the Center.  Students have come to us from schools like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Boston University, Boston College, Mt. Ida College, Becker College, Dartmouth, Bowdoin, Colby, and the Universities of Virginia, New Hampshire, Maine, Alaska, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, and so forth. Students who have interned at the Center have represented all-in-all about a hundred colleges and universities.

Intern Testimonial

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Intern Testimonial 2

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39 Comments to “Internship”

  1. Vanessa Sosa says:

    Hello !

    I was wondering if internships for this summer season applications were already finalized? I was also curious as to how long the summer season was.

    Thank You.

  2. Shae Aiguier says:

    Hi, I’m a freshman this year at the University of New England. I also was an intern here my junior year of high school. ( I went to Norfolk County Agricultural High School ). I was wondering if it were too late to apply for an internship or a volunteer position for this summer. I absolutely loved working here my junior year and would love it if I were able to have that opportunity again.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Shae, Internships have unfortunately already been finalized at this point but you can definitely apply to be a volunteer at any time, just fill out the packet available on the website under the volunteer tab and bring it to our volunteer training which happens on the third Saturday of every month and the Friday the day before it.

  3. Caitlin McAllister says:


    I applied for the summer internship this year. Will applicants be notified either way? Is there a time line for that notification?


  4. Amanda Johnson says:

    My name is Amanda Johnson, and I am interested in your internship program. I was wondering if there was a maximum duration of the internship if started during the spring and winter months. Also, Is there housing available, and how much is it per month or week? And what is the likelihood of receiving housing?

    Thank you for your assistance.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hey Amanda, the general duration of our internships can range quite a bit based on our personnel needs and the schedules of our applicants. Many times we will set an end date for an internship and when that date comes around another arrangement can potentially be reached. Housing is available at the Center for 50$ per week, but unfortunately the chances of getting it vary based on how many applicants we get seeking housing per season, so its hard to give an accurate likelihood.

  5. Lauren Flower says:

    I submitted my application for the summer internship about a month ago, and I was just wondering when people will know whether they got in or not.

  6. Anthony Pena says:

    Hi! I am currently a freshman at Rutgers University and I am interested in summer internships involving wildlife. I want to pursue a career as a wildlife veterinarian. Is this a program that I can do.

    Thank you,

    Anthony Pena

  7. Roxana Ochoa says:


    I am currently a Pre-vet student at Hunter College in NY and I am interested in this internship (for summer 2014). Who can I contact for more information about the program and how do I apply?



  8. Anna H says:

    Hello, I am currently going to Oregon State for animal science and wildlife and am very interested in interning here, would it be possible to get more information?

  9. Rose says:


    Like a few others, I have not received an internship packet either. My start date is supposed to be June 18th. I am just wondering if it is on its way because I have not heard back from Dr. Adamski yet.



    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hello Rose, I will forward your information to Dr. Adamski. You will for sure get the info. You can also phone him at 781 682 4878. Look forward to seeing you.

  10. Rhiannon Ross says:

    I sent an e-mail over a week ago as I have also not received an internship packet. My starting date is June 10th. I didn’t know if it was on its way, but I thought there was no harm in asking again.


    Rhiannon Ross

  11. Taylor Treen says:

    Hi! I was accepted to intern this summer, but I have not received the information packet yet. I am leaving in two days and really need to make sure I have everything that I may need because I am coming from Georgia. I have a lot of questions concerning the housing, so should I just call the center or should I expect to receive the packet today?

    Thank you and I can’t wait to start this weekend!!

    Taylor Treen

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Taylor, I will ask Dr. Adamski to give you a call. You can also call him at 781 682 4878. We look forward to seeing you this weekend! Drive carefully (Sorry, I am a mom with a daughter…:) ) . If you have any problems, please feel free to give me a call at the number above. Maryann or Ian are at the front desk and they will be happy to help. Best -Katrina, Executive Director

  12. Jr-Shiuan Yang says:


    I am a student from Taiwan and will be graduating this month with a PhD degree in Molecular Biology from an US institute. I am seriously thinking about picking up my childhood dream and changing my career to become a Vet. I am very interested in your Internship program and would like to apply for the Fall and Winter seasons.

    Currently I am under F1 student visa and will be getting my OPT (Optional Practical Training) status within a couple of days. I am wondering if your organization will accept applications for full time internship from people with OPT status like me.

    Thank you very much for your time reading the message!

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hello, Yes I think Dr. Mertz followed up with you by email. As long as everything is in order, we welcome you to apply. We have had students from other countries intern at the Center. Thanks so much for your interest. I hope we can meet you soon.

      • Jr-Shiuan Yang says:

        Dear Katrina,

        My professors are wondering how to send the recommendation letters? Do they send the letters to your organization directly by email attachment or by mail with a hard copy of letter? Thank you very much!

        • Jr-Shiuan Yang says:


          I am asking the previous question because one of my recommenders is currently in Singapore. Is it OK if I print out his letter with his e-signature on it, so that all the necessary material can be sent together in one packet?

          • Katrina Bergman says:

            Hi again, I am sure that is absolutely fine Jr-Shiuan Yang. Call Dr. Adamski – Rob – just to double check at 781 682 4878 He’ll get right back to you. If you are trying to do it on a tight turn around, just go ahead and I will let him know that we communicated on the website. :)

        • Katrina Bergman says:

          Hi Jr-Shiuan Yang – Please contact our staff wildlife veterinarian and internship coordinator – Dr. Rob Adamski, his phone number is 781 682 4878. He’ll be happy to let you know the method he request. That is the best way to get in touch with him. Have a good day.

  13. Samantha Kessler says:

    I was recently accepted as an intern for the summer. I was told by Dr. Adamski that I should receive a packet in the mail shortly about further details, which I have not yet gotten. But in the email he also said the dates of the internship will be from June 1 to Aug. 31, and I was wondering if there is any flexibility in the start date. I know that Dr. Adamski is out of the country for the week, but I need to hear back about this as soon as possible, because a paid research position at my college has been offered to me for the very beginning of summer, and the last couple weeks of that position overlap with the internship. I need to know if it would be possible for me to start the internship a bit later than June 1st, and I need to know asap so that I can get back to the research employer asap. (by the time I would start at NEWC, I would still be fulfilling at least 6-8 weeks at the center). If anyone can tell me if they think this will be okay, please do! The NEWC internship is my top priority, but getting the lab experience beforehand would be very beneficial to me as well.
    Please get back to me whenever possible. Thank you so much! Can’t wait to be there this summer!
    Sammy Kessler

  14. Ellie says:

    Have all the summer internship positions been filled? I would apply for other times of the year, but I am a student and only have the summer months available. Would late applications ever be considered?


    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Ellie, We have received an overwhelming number of applications this year. If you are interested in interning next summer we will be delighted to receive an application from you during the 2013-2014 school year. Thank you so much for your interest in New England Wildlife Center. :)

  15. Isabel says:

    Hi! I’m an undergrad thinking of applying for a spring internship and I’m getting my recommendation letters in, but one of my professors is on sabbatical and I might not be able to get his recommendation until early this fall. Is that in any way late to apply for something in the spring (dates in April onwards)?



  16. Karen Parr says:

    I am very interested in your Internship program. I will be graduating in May with a Bachelor Degree in Biology and hope to apply to Vet School in the fall. I live in California so if I got into your program do you have living accomodations on site?

    • NEWC says:

      We do offer onsite housing on a limited basis. We are currently accepting applications for the Fall and onward. Unfortunately, we have already fill all of our internships spots for this summer.

  17. Will Sander says:

    It has come such a long way since I was there in 2003. Now I am a vet and have my MPH. Still love wildlife.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Will! So good to hear from you. It is so good to hear what our intern alum are doing. Please give Greg or I a call. 781 682 4878 x122 -We’d love to hear what you are doing. :) best, katrina

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