New England Wildlife Center
Preserving New England's Wild Legacy
Internship FAQ’s

What is the mission of the New England Wildlife Center?

The primary mission of the New England Wildlife Center is to promote positive values, behaviors and policies toward wildlife and the environment through the medical care and rehabilitation of, education about and humane research into native and naturalized wild animals and exotic pets.

What does an intern at the center do on a daily basis?

As an intern you will assist the hospital staff on all of the day-to-day operations within both the Wildlife Clinic and the Odd Pet Vet (exotic pet practice). You will be involved hands-on with everything from making food plates to assisting in surgical procedures to going out on educational programs. While working directly with our veterinarians and veterinary technicians, you will be responsible for the welfare, care and safety of each patient, as well as educating the public.

Who may apply for an internship position?

We offer internships to a variety of audiences. High School Juniors and Seniors (over the age of 17) and undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career as a Veterinarian or Veterinary Technician make up the largest percentage of our intern group.

What is the average length of an internship?

During the summer season, internships are typically 6-8 weeks. During non-summer months interns may extend their internship longer than the typical 8-week period. On average, interns work 40 hours a week. We are able to offer a more flexible schedule to those with school or work commitments.

What hours will I be expected to work during the week?

The clinic is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year. During the Spring / Summer season the clinic day begins at 7am and ends at 7pm. As an intern you will rotate through 2 different hourly schedules. Example: week one you will work 7am-3pm, week two you will work 11am-7pm, week three you will work 7am-3pm again. Although the hours change each week you will always work the same days. During the Fall / Winter months the clinic day begins at 9am and ends at 5pm. We are able to be flexible for those students whose colleges require they be in class on certain days.

When may I apply?

Applications are accepted throughout the year.  We are generally very flexible and can accommodate most students who need to work around school and work schedules.

The Summer season (from June 1st to August 31st) is the busiest time of year for internship applications.  Interns are encouraged to attend the internship for 8 weeks, however, shorter internships may also be arranged.  The deadline for application to the summer program is February 15th to allow for appropriate evaluation and scheduling.

The Fall, Winter and Spring seasons are far less competitive than the summer time.  Interns during the non-summer months are encouraged to attend for a minimum of 5 weeks and may extend their internship longer than the typical 8-week period.  Fall, winter and spring seasons do not have a deadline.  Applicants are accepted or denied on a rolling basis.

When are the application deadlines?

The deadline for application to the summer season is February 15th.  You should expect to hear from the Center, in writing, within two months after the deadline.  Fall, winter and spring seasons do not have a deadline.  Applicants are accepted or denied on a rolling basis.

May I apply for more than one season at a time?

Yes. Our summer season is the most competitive due to the small number of positions available and the overwhelming response. If you are applying for the summer season but can also be considered for another season, your chances of being accepted will be increased.

 

How do I apply?

Log onto the internship section of our website www.newildlife.com and download the internship application. Submit a completed application, a copy of your current resume, and 2 letters of recommendation via mail.

What additional materials should I include with my application?

A copy of your up-to-date resume and 2 letters of recommendation from former employers or professors should be attached to your application upon submission. If you school has a checklist of required accomplishments you are to meet while interning this should also be attached.

 

I have a checklist of tasks that I need to meet to get credit from my school. Will I be able to accomplish it?

You should submit a copy of your checklist with your application packet. The internship coordinator will review it and contact you if there are any questions or we are unable to help you meet your school requirements.

Who can write recommendation letters?

Letters can be written by current or former employers who worked closely with you or  have directly supervised your work. Letters can also be written by former or current professors.

How do I submit my application packet? Regular mail, email, fax?

Your complete application packet can be submitted via regular mail, email or fax; although regular mail is preferred as it is the most secure.  Only complete packets (i.e. complete packet includes the application, resume, 2 letters of reference) will be considered for a position.

What does a “complete application packet” mean?

A complete packet should include: A completed application form, a copy of your current resume, 2 letters of recommendation and, if applicable, your school’s set of requirements.

What do you mean by a list of my school’s requirements?

Veterinary and Veterinary Technician programs often have written requirements for their students to complete while interning. Usually it is a checklist of medical tasks that need to be accomplished in order for the student to earn credit. We review each list on a case by case basis and evaluate whether we will be able to assist the student in accomplishing their required goals.

Where do I send my complete application packet?

New England Wildlife Center
c/o Internship Coordinator
500 Columbian Street
South Weymouth, MA 02190

May I contact the Center prior to submitting an application?

Yes. All questions can be submitted via the internet to the following email address: nflah53@aol.com. Average response time is 3-4 days.

What happens after I have submitted my application packet?

Please go to The Application Review Process page for the answer to this question.

Is there a stipend offered?

No. We are a small non-profit wildlife hospital and are financially unable to offer stipends.

Why do I need my Rabies shot before I can work in the hospital?

We require that all staff, interns and volunteers who work in the hospital be rabies vaccinated due to the high volume of rabies vector animals that we care for.

The Center for Disease control (CDC) recommends the rabies pre-exposure vaccination for “persons in high-risk groups, such as veterinarians, animal handlers, and certain laboratory workers. Other persons whose activities bring them into frequent contact with rabies virus or potentially rabid bats, raccoons, skunks, cats, dogs, or other species at risk of having rabies should also be considered for pre-exposure prophylaxis.

Click for more information from the CDC on pre-exposure rabies vaccinations:

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/rabies/Prevention&Control/preventi.htm

Will the Center assist me in paying for my rabies shots?

We do understand that for some the cost can be prohibitive. Unfortunately, we are a small non-profit organization and are unable to assist anyone with the cost of the rabies shots. Interns should check with their insurance carriers to see if pre-exposure rabies shots are covered by their plan.

I am able to afford my rabies shots but I can’t find anyone to administer them?

You should first check with your primary care physician (PCP). Most are able to order the vaccine. If not, check with your local hospitals and travel clinics.  Locally, the Division of Infectious Diseases at Mass General Hospital, Passport to Health in Cambridge, MA and the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA can typically administer the vaccinations.

I have been accepted by you as an intern but I am unable to obtain/afford my rabies shots… can I still accept the internship?

No. If you have not completed your rabies shots and have not provided us with a copy of your shot records at least two weeks before your internship is scheduled to begin, your internship offer will automatically be rescinded.

I applied but was not accepted, can I reapply later?

Yes. You can reapply for as many different seasons as you would like. Each time you apply you must start the application process from the beginning.

I currently don’t have health insurance. Am I still eligible for an internship?

No. We are unable to offer an internship to uninsured people.

I don’t have a school advisor; who should I put in place of an advisor?

For this answer you should check with the internship/externship office or work-study office of your school. The school advisor would be contacted if there was a major disciplinary problem or if the student was involved in a medical emergency.

If my application is declined, will you provide a critique of what I could have done better?

Although the Center would like to accept all applicants, we receive far more than we can possibly accommodate. Many wonderful applicants are not accepted, not because there is anything lacking in their application or background, but because of the large number of applicants and limited spaces.

69 Comments to “Internship FAQ’s”

  1. Zoe Peach says:

    Hi, I am very interested in applying for the internship for pre-vets. However, the only times that I can intern are winter break 2014-2015 (I am a rising junior in college so it is about 4 weeks long) and May 2015 (for about 3 weeks). I would love to participate for more than just 3 or 4 weeks. Is there any way I could do a 7 week internship over these two time periods? Or, is it possible to reapply for in the spring and just do a 3 or 4 week internship (after doing 4 weeks in the winter)? Thanks!

  2. Sarah says:

    Hi,
    I am a rising high school senior and I have been looking for a summer internship at a wildlife center. This opportunity is exactly what I was searching for, but unfortunately I found it a little later than your application deadline for the summer. I hate to miss out on such a perfect opportunity. Is there any chance of submitting a late application?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Sarah, Please give Nina Flaherty a call at 781 682 4878. We do have volunteer opportunities available that can lead to junior interns. She can talk about the possibilities with you. :)

  3. Adriana says:

    I read on the Columbia student affairs site that the deadline for this internship is mid-March, but here on the website it says February 15th. Are you still accepting applications for the summer of 2014? Thank you!

  4. Sarah says:

    I sent my application packet in about 4 weeks ago. I just wanted to verify it was received!

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Sarah, unfortunately I don’t have that information on hand, but if you email Nina Flaherty at nflah53@aol.com and she will get back to you as soon as she has time. Please understand that we receive quite a lot of applications, so it may take a little while. Thank you!

  5. Leela Samaroo says:

    Hi There. I applied for a 2014 summer internship and was told to look out for a decision letter mid-Feb. I have yet to receive anything. Were letters sent out already?

  6. Sara P. says:

    Hello,
    I’ve just sent my application to nflah53@aol.com. Is that correct? When will we know if we have been selected?
    Thank you.

  7. Lucy Lang says:

    Hi!
    I am applying for the summer internship, and a teacher who is writing my recommendation is currently in the UK. Would it be okay if she emailed her letter to me and I sent it in with the rest of my application, or would you prefer her to send it?

  8. Christina Leung says:

    Hi,

    I am interested in applying for the summer semester internship. Do I need to reapply through the same application for other semesters if I wanted to continue after the summer semester?

    Thanks so much!

  9. Nanako says:

    Hi, I’m a 21 year old veterinary student in Japan.
    I’m interested in curing exotic animals and veterinary medicine in the US. I was wondering if I could participate in your internship program whether I don’t have US citizenship. Am I able to participate in your internship program if I fulfill the internship requirements?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Nanako, We have students from many countries. Please contact Nina Flaherty at nflah53@aol.com. You will need whatever the US Government requires for you to be here. We can try to assist you. We had a student interning from Japan this summer who is also a student at Tufts University. Have a good night.

  10. Sarah says:

    Hi, I was wondering whether your internship was suited for current veterinary students as well. Do you mainly provide internships to undergraduate students or would the internship also be beneficial for a DVM student?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Sarah – Yes the internship would be beneficial for DVM students but most our target audience is undergrads. There are few opportunities for them to learn hands-on in this kind of setting. We have had several vet students intern and they found it very helpful. We would be happy to connect you with one of our vet alumni. If you are interested in applying, the application and information is available on this website. If you have any other questions, please email Dr. Rob Adamski at radamski@newildlife.org

  11. Geraline Arroyo says:

    I was wondering how easy it would be to get around the town of South Weymouth without a drivers license or a car? Would it be advisable to consider this internship without either?

    • Jack Banagis says:

      Hey Geraline,

      It is possible to get here without a car, but it is about a 1.3 Mile walk from the closest MBTA Bus stop, which stops up and down main street close to the South Shore Hospital.
      With that being said, it is up to you. Our friendly group of interns always band together and it is not strange for them to help each other, it is very likely that you could plan a car pool or something similar to get you here without having to walk. We hope this helped. Please contact us again if you have any more questions.

  12. Xavier Dixon says:

    Hi, I have applied a while ago to intern in the fall, but I have not received any thing indicating if I was accepted or not. Do you happen to know anyone I can contact to find out this information? Please let me know

  13. Chelsea Young says:

    Hello! I have been accepted as a summer intern and am expecting to start on June 1st. However, I have still not received an information packet in the mail with all the details. Should that be coming soon?

    • Sarah Kass says:

      Same here. I am so excited to start but I have yet to receive my information packet. I emailed Dr. Rob and let him know but I have not heard back.

      • Katrina Bergman says:

        Hi Sarah, We are looking forward to meeting you. In your correspondence from us you should have received Rob’s direct line as well as his personal email, so feel free to call him directly. He is inundated with orphans, injured wildlife and lots of new interns. I will pass your post along to him too. See you soon. :)

  14. Polin Bulgakova says:

    Hello. Due to inability to obtain my letter of recommendation on time, I have missed the deadline for the summer internship. I was really excited for this internship (I have visited the center on numerous occasions, am really interested in wildlife, and have an extensive background as an animal sciences student with animal management and care). A few months ago, I checked the application deadline and was sure the deadline was in March. I have the letter of recommendations now and was wondering if it is possible at all to still be considered for an end of summer position, if I apply ASAP? This is my last summer that I am able to partake in such an internship. Please let me know.

    Polina Bulgakova

  15. Rose says:

    If I am applying, do the letters of recommendation need to be mailed in by me with the application, or can they be mailed individually by the recommender?

  16. Olivia says:

    Hi!
    I was wondering, in order to do the internship, do you have to want to pursue vet medicine? Because I am interested in animal behavior/wildlife conservation/environmental studies. Would that still work?

    Thank You!

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Olivia, Absolutely. Only a small portion of our interns are interested in becoming veterinarians. The vast majority are interested in biology and environmental studies. However, we also have people interested in becoming science teachers, liberal arts majors, math majors – you name it. We look forward to receiving you application. Thanks for your inquiry.

  17. Andrea says:

    Hello,
    If I were to be accepted for a summer internship, would I be able to choose what part of the summer worked best for me? I have commitments in June, but I am available all of July and August. In other words, would I be able to choose what 6-8 weeks worked best for me upon acceptance?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Andrea, Please see the intern application and info on this website. You are able to put in times or availability and if they work with our needs than that is awesome. Thanks, hope to meet you soon. katrina

  18. Jenna Pantophlet says:

    Hi there, I live in new york city and I am completely in love with this internship, i would like to know if you have any housing accommodations?
    thanks much!

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Jenna, Yes, we do have housing some accommodations. Please send in your application which can be found on this website. Thank you for your interest! Hope to see you soon. best, katrina

  19. Efri Habza says:

    thx for responding my question. i’ve downloaded your application form, i wonder what kind of activities that we will have during the period of intern? i will be very happy if i can assist a surgeon, treat sick animals, learn about diagnosing disease or anything relate to my major, since i am a vet right now

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Efri, There is a summary of scope for our program on our website. If you have any other questions, please give our wildlife veterinarian and chief of staff – andrew cartoceti a call at 781 682 4878. hope to see you soon. best, katrina

  20. Efri Habza says:

    hi
    i am a fresh graduate veterinary student from Indonesia. I am very interested in your internship program for this coming spring. when exactly your spring program start ? is it ok if i just have local insurance to meet your requirements?
    thx

    • NEWC says:

      Hi Efri,

      Thanks for your interest in the New England Wildlife Center’s Internship Program. There is no exact start date for the spring internship period. We take interns year round and can create a schedule that suits your needs. However, the earliest that we can accommodate any new interns is April of 2012. As for insurance, as long as it covers you while you are in the United States it will be okay. To apply to the program, please send a completed application (which can be downloaded from this website), a resume, and two letters of recommendation to Internship Coordinator, New England Wildlife Center, 500 Columbian Street, S. Weymouth MA 02190.

  21. Efri Habza says:

    i’m a fresh graduate from veterinary college. i’m from indonesia, just asking when does exactly the spring internship period in your departement start?
    is it ok if i just send copy of my medical record about vaccine that shows i was given?
    thx

    • NEWC says:

      Hi Efri,

      Thanks for your interest in the New England Wildlife Center’s Internship Program. There is no exact start day for the spring internship period. We take interns year round and can create a schedule that suits your needs. You can send your medical records to indicate proof of vaccination, however we won’t need your medical records until after you have been accepted to the internship program. To apply to the program, please send a completed application (which can be downloaded from this website), a resume, and two letters of recommendation to Internship Coordinator, New England Wildlife Center, 500 Columbian Street, S. Weymouth MA 02190.

  22. Isabel says:

    Hi! I was wondering what kind of certification for the rabies pre-exposure vaccination was needed. I received my shots at three different clinics while travelling and got a mess of paperwork, so I asked my local doctor to write a simple medical certification letter instead. Would this be satisfactory?

    • Andrew Cartoceti, DVM says:

      Hi Isabel. We would prefer to have a copy of your medical record that shows you were the date and possible the type of rabies vaccine you were given. But we would accept a note from your doctor as well. Please ask them to include the exact dates of each of the three vaccinations.

  23. Katie Paulos says:

    I am very interested in your internship program for this coming January. However, my major is un-related to animals. I have a love for animals and I would love to learn more. Does it matter what my degree is in?

    • Andrew Cartoceti, DVM says:

      Hi Katie,

      Because of the amount of applicants we receive, we do give preference to students who are pursuing a career in the biological sciences. It doesn’t necessarily matter what your major is, just that your career in science would benefit from this internship experience.

  24. Maria says:

    Hi,

    I was interested in this internship and downloaded the application to look over.

    I wanted to ask if letter of recommendation writers were strictly limited to professors and employers only. Would you accept letters of recommendation from other adults who have supervised our work with animals?

    I also wanted to ask if interns commonly had large amounts of prior experience with wildlife rehab or veterinary-related employment.

    Thank you!

    • Andrew Cartoceti, DVM says:

      Hi Maria,

      Any non-family member who can speak on your character would make suitable letter writer.

      We take interns will all levels of experience. Some have worked at other rehabilitation settings…others have never worked with wild animals before.

  25. Christine Lamont says:

    Hello,
    I was interested in the internship you offer for pre-vet students. I would like to apply but am from Wisconsin. I read that you accept students from a variety of colleges and am wondering if there is any housing available with the internship. I read about it on a different site but couldn’t find information on this site about it.

    • Andrew Cartoceti, DVM says:

      Hi Christine,

      There is housing available but it is limited. During the Fall, Winter and Spring we can almost always accommodate students with our housing. But over the summer time, the rooms fill up very fast. As long as you are not applying for the summer session it should be no problem at all.

  26. Elspeth Mitchell says:

    Hello,
    I am 27 years old and graduated from Williams College five years ago. I am considering a career change to veterinary medicine, and will soon be enrolling in courses to complete the vet school prerequisites. Am I eligible for an internship at the NEWC?

  27. Anna Machowicz says:

    I am interested in interning shortly after I complete my Bachelor’s degree. Do I need to be enrolled in school in order to be accepted as an intern?

    • Andrew Cartoceti, DVM says:

      No, as long as you are a recent graduate (within 2 yrs of graduation) and are interested in pursuing a career in the life sciences.

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