Internships

Internships at the National Aviary offer a variety of hands-on experiences that cannot be obtained anywhere else!

Students can intern in several different departments including Animal Programs, Marketing, Horticulture, and more. 

We post all of our available internships on this website.  If you do not see one that interests you, please continue to check online for any new internship postings.  Unfortunately, we cannot reply to those who are not inquiring about a current internship posting.

 

  • Animal Collections Intern (Winter Sesson 2015)

Title: Animal Collections Intern (Winter Session 2015)

Department: Animal Collections

Salary/Pay Range: All internships are unpaid. Housing is not provided.


Intern Session:  
Interns work with our trainers to learn about husbandry, training, and education as the Animal Collections Department encompasses all of those areas.  This internship is very competitive, and an application does not guarantee an interview.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Cleaning
  • Food preparation
  • Animal observations
  • Daily presentations
  • Assisting with enrichment
  • Public lorikeet feedings
  • Observing or assisting in training sessions
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Interns may have the opportunity to participate in various workshops that cover basic training concepts and other relevant material to the animal behavior and care field.


QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be a United States citizen and resident
  • Able to lift and carry 50 pounds
  • Work both as a team and independently
  • Must be a self-starter with a positive attitude
  • Ability to interact with the public
  • Speak fluent English
  • Pursuing a career in the animal care field.

Interns will be working around, and possibly with, a number of known allergens including, but not limited to, peanuts, tree nuts, seafood, and latex.


OTHER REQUIREMENTS
All internships are unpaid, and interns are expected to work for either a 480 hour term or 960 hour term.  Please indicate which length of term you are interested in within your application.
Internship hours may be met by working a minimum of 24 hours per week (Fall and Winter sessions) and 32 hours per week (Summer session), with interns working full days (8:00AM until 5:00PM). This can be flexible to work around school or job schedules.  Interns are expected to start in early January.


Chosen applicants must be able to pass the required PA Child Abuse History Clearance and the PA Criminal Record Investigation in order to have final acceptance as an intern.
If this is an opportunity that interests you, please forward your resume, cover letter, and references to Chris Gaus, Intern Coordinator, at chris.gaus@aviary.org. 

The deadline for applications is 5:00PM on Friday, October 31st, 2014.

 

  • Flitezone Bird Show and Conservation Education Intern

Title: Flitezone Bird Show and Conservation Education Intern

Department: Education

Salary/Pay Range: All internships are unpaid. Housing is not provided.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Interns will work under the direct supervision of the National Aviary's Education Trainers to produce multiple free-flight bird shows. This internship focuses on the training of a collection of approximately 70 birds. Staff is responsible for the daily care of all birds in the education collection including hornbills, parrots, birds of prey and other mixed species. Staff is also responsible for the training of all birds featured in shows as well as birds used for educational classes and guest experiences.

This internship provides the opportunity to learn about the following:

  • Care and maintenance of all birds in the education collection
  • Daily diet preparation for parrots and birds of prey
  • Observation of various bird behaviors
  • Operant conditioning techniques for training show and husbandry behaviors
  • Production of a free-flight bird show
  • Participation in an enrichment program
  • Public speaking skills
  • Conservation education
  • Participate in in-house and outreach education programs
  • Participation in formal intern workshops

Daily intern responsibilities include: cleaning bird enclosures, diet preparation and providing enrichment to all birds in the education collection. Interns are also responsible for assisting with the maintenance of bird enclosures including perching, repairs and preventative maintenance. There may also be various building projects.

Interns will have the opportunity to observe and possibly assist with daily training sessions. They will also assist backstage during shows that will run twice daily. Interns will also have the opportunity to assist with daily guest experiences and to attend formal workshops on topics such as bird training and captive raptor management.

Additionally, interns will assist with classes and outreach programs. They may also help with educational camps and special events.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:

Education Trainers and interns work in a very fast-paced environment. Due to the nature of the work, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds
  • Must be able to prepare diets that include mice and chick
  • Must be able to work as a member of a team and independently
  • Must be a self-starter with a positive attitude
  • Must be able to positively interact with the public
  • Speak fluent English and have US citizenship
  • Should be considering a career in the animal care or animal training field

All staff is required to pass a PA Child Abuse Investigation and must pass a Criminal Background Investigation in order to work at the National Aviary.

 

SPRING 2015 INTERNSHIP:

Accepting Resumes: Monday, October 27th, 2014 - Monday, November 24th, 2014
Internship Start Date: Wednesday, January 7th, 2015
Internship End Date: Sunday, May 10th, 2015

If this is an opportunity that interests you, please forward your resume and cover letter to Cathy Schlott, at cathy.schlott@aviary.org

 

  • Marketing & Communications Internship 

Title: Marketing & Communications Intern

Department: Marketing

Salary: FOR CREDIT ONLY

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assisting with the planning and execution of major marketing events, working with marketing and sales initiatives.
  • Conduct research needed for various marketing projects.
  • Implement marketing tactics related to publicity, advertising and promotions.
  • Assisting with the preparation and distribution of press releases, maintaining press clip library and statistics.
  • Other Duties as assigned.

INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

  • Ability to think innovatively and creatively
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Detail oriented thinking
  • Ability to work independently, quickly and under pressure
  • Marketing and/or Public Relations coursework a plus.
  • Willingness to assist as needed in on-site and off-site events
  • Ability to multi-task

REQUIRMENTS

  • College Junior or Senior with a concentration in Marketing, Communications, Business, English, Journalism or Public Relations
  • Proficiency in Microsoft office
  • Past or current involvement in an any of the following areas: marketing, communications, event planning, customer/guest services
  • Be able to work a flexible schedule and attend events outside of normal work week, minimum 15 hours/week required
  • All staff are required to complete a PA Child Abuse Clearance Form and State Criminal Background Check prior to beginning work at the National Aviary.

If you are intersted in the Marketing & Communications internship, please email resume and cover letter to National Aviary Director of Marketing & Communications Robin.Weber@Aviary.org and indicate which semester you are interested in: Spring (January-May), Summer (May-August), Fall (August-December)

Deadline to apply: ongoing

 

  •  Avian Hospital Internship

Job Title: Avian Hospital Intern

Department: National Aviary Veterinary Hospital

Salary/Pay Range: Unpaid

Internship Session: See below

RESPONSIBILITIES

The National Aviary's hospital is a leader in bird health, providing advanced medical care for a large bird collection of over 200 different species.  The hospital also has a preventative medicine program to help prevent common diseases through vaccinations and parasite control.  For visitors, we give a daily educational program, which is called “Meet a Patient”, highlighting one of the recovered patients and describing its specialized medical care.

The Hospital Internship Program provides a unique opportunity for students, veterinary technicians, zoo keepers, and others interested in birds to work directly with a diversity of birds and medical conditions.  The interns are primarily responsible for avian husbandry in a medical setting and receive significant hands-on experience in this area.  Interns feed and clean the hospitalized birds and make customized diets and housing to meet their medical needs. Other responsibilities include assisting with physical therapy by swimming injured waterfowl, providing enrichment, monitoring patients, stocking medical supplies, and keeping the hospital clean, including doing laundry.  Interns can observe medical procedures throughout the day.  There are occasional opportunities to assist the veterinarian and veterinary technicians with the administration of medicines, wound care, recheck examinations, medical record-keeping, and procedures such as blood collection and x-rays.  The interns are also taught a new topic each day in avian medicine or husbandry by the vet techs or vet in ‘intern rounds’. 

Internships are unpaid and housing is not provided. Interns are accepted year round, and the schedule can be made to accommodate college students or work schedules.  We require at least 2 days a week but prefer 5 days a week.  Internship length is a minimum of 3 months but can be up to 6 months in certain circumstances. 

QUALIFICATIONS

Must be at least 18 years of age, able to lift 50 pounds and climb stairs. Must be able to work both on a team and independently, have a good work ethic and positive attitude, and have the ability to interact positively with the public.  Applicants can be pre-veterinary students, veterinary technician students, veterinary technician graduates, or others with a strong interest in avian medicine. Chosen applicants must be able to pass the required  PA Child Abuse History Clearance and the PA Criminal Background Investigation in order to have final acceptance as an intern.

If this is an opportunity that interests you, please forward your resume and cover letter to Sarah Shannon, Intern Coordinator at sarah.shannon@aviary.org

Spring (3-5 months) 

Application period: October 1-21
Start: January/February
End: March-May

Summer (3-4 months) 

Application period: March 1-21
Start: May/June
End: August

Fall (3-4 months)

Application period: June 1-21
Start: August/September
End: November/December

Winter (2-3 months) 

Application period: September 1 - 21
Start: November/December
End: January/February