Internship Opportunities

The Wildlife In Need Center provides internships to qualified individuals who are looking to fulfill their college internship requirements or who wish to expand their classroom knowledge to include hands-on experience. Our flagship animal care internship program runs from May to August during which interns are given the opportunity to work with a wide range of wildlife patients during our busiest time of year. We now offer more opportunities including limited animal care opportunities during our off seasons and nonprofit marketing and environmental education internships year-round.

Animal Care

Intern’s duties encompass most aspects of wildlife rehabilitation including, but not limited to:

  • Performing basic patient care and treatment; food preparation and feeding, bottle feeding infant mammals, hand feeding nestling passerines, cleaning habitats and cages, washing dishes and laundry, and observing and evaluating patients
  • Administering medications, assisting with medial treatments, and performing initial exams (all under staff supervision)
  • Learning anatomy and physiology of different species
  • Learning natural histories of wildlife
  • Helping with grounds and general maintenance work of facility
  • Maintaining accurate records on patients
  • Rescuing and transporting wildlife
  • Possible opportunities to assist WINC at education programs in our community
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    Mitch and Alex, Summer 2014 interns medicating a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk.

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Kalene and Delaney, Summer 2013 interns feeding squirrels in our mammal nursery.

*If discussed with your supervisor, an internship can be tailored to meet individual goals including research.

 

Qualifications: Full-time summer interns must be available to work five 8-hour shifts per week (40 hours total) during May-August/September. Part-time interns must be available two or three 8-hour shifts per week (16-24 hours total). All interns will work some nights, weekends, and holidays.
Summer interns need to commit to three months total.
Spring and Fall interns need to commit to two months total.

Amenities: A small stipend is available for full-time interns at the end of summer based on hours worked and performance throughout the summer. Any part-time internships are unpaid. We unfortunately do not offer housing accommodations for our interns, you would need to be able to commute.

Requirements:

  • Be reliable, punctual, able to work well with others and under pressure
  • Have ability to complete multiple tasks and projects as assigned
  • Assist volunteers, staff and public in a friendly, professional way with a positive attitude
  • Be able to work responsibly without constant supervision
  • Must be in good physical condition (able to lift 30-50 lbs.) and work long hours on your feet
  • Some experience in animal husbandry is recommended but not required

*Our spring 2017 intern team is full.
We will begin accepting part-time spring applications January 1st, 2018. Spring DEADLINE is February 1st, 2018. Spring internship is for two months starting mid-March through mid-May.


*Our summer 2017 intern team is full.
We will begin accepting part-time and full-time Summer 2018 applications January 1st, 2018. Summer DEADLINE is March 15th, 2018- please understand that all positions may be filled before this deadline, so send in information as soon as possible if applying. Summer internship is for three months starting mid/end May through end of August.


We will begin accepting part-time Fall 2017 applications June 19th, 2017. Fall DEADLINE is July 17th, 2017. Fall internship is for two months starting mid/end of August through end of October.

***PLEASE note in your cover letter if you are applying for spring or summer and part-time or full-time. (Applicants are applying at the same time, so please designate which opportunity you are applying for.)***

If you are interested in becoming a Wildlife In Need Center animal care intern please send a cover letter, resume, and at least two professional references to: Mandy Feavel, Animal Care Manager Email: mfeavel@helpingwildlife.org

Graphic Design Intern

The Wildlife In Need Center is looking for an enthusiastic, creative, and motivated individual that can be a team player and promote the Wildlife In Need Center’s mission through graphic design and if possible website updates.  We are searching for an intern that is looking to gain experience in graphic design as well as excelling in professional skills. You will have the ability to create your own schedule around WINC’s hours and as agreed upon in advance.

Responsibilities

  • Create an invitations, signage, flyers and other print material
  • Branded mailing campaign print material
  • If time permits, create social media ads that promote the mission and vision WINC
  • Utilize WINC brand colors

Requirements

  • Laptop computer and Adobe Creative Suite software or similar program
  • Working knowledge of In-Design and ability to work independently on brochure updates, newsletter updates, and create new invitations
  • Knowledge of WordPress is a plus. Some guidance can be provided for website updates (helpingwildlife.org)
  • Knowledge of digital photography is a plus
  • Working knowledge of HTML and Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop or similar programs
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Must be 19 years or older
  • Must be proactive, organized, able to create content independently and demonstrate strong communication skills
  • Professional resume required

Apply
Serious and qualified candidate applicants only, send resume, any questions and provide 1-2 samples of work to Kim Banach, Board President, kbanach@helpingwildlife.org.

Media Intern

The Wildlife In Need Center is looking for an enthusiastic, creative, and motivated individual that can be a team player and promote the WINC’s mission through photographs and videos.  We are searching for interns that are looking to gain experience in photography and videography, photo and video editing, as well as excelling in professional skills. You will have the ability to create your own schedule around WINC’s hours and as agreed upon in advance. After successful completion of the summer, a stipend will be provided.

Responsibilities

  • Responsible in all aspects of photographic and video communications
  • Responsible for the end-to-end process from storyboarding to logistics, shooting, editing, and publishing
  • Shoot photographs and film video at the Wildlife In Need Center and field environments
  •  Contribute to mixing and editing to create polished and engaging videos
  • Touch-up still photography and publish videos primarily to the web and WINC’s social media
  • Completion of one short video ( less than 2 mins) a week and shorter videos if time permits
  • With permission, advice and collaboration with WINC’s Animal Care Manger and Education Coordinator, decide what rehabilitating patients and educational animal ambassadors to highlight
  • Overall goal is to expand WINC’s presence on social media to spread awareness of WINC’s mission

Requirements

  • Have the potential to deliver photos and videos that concisely and clearly tell the desired story independently
  • Ability to deliver videos with cuts, graphics, sound and other elements that convey a quality production value and a level of technical sophistication
  • Knowledge of digital photography and videography cameras
  • Must be 19 years or older
  • Must have own computer, camera(s); having a GoPro is a plus
  • Video editing and motion graphics using Adobe Premier Pro or similar professional programs
  • Experience in Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop are a bonus
  • Must be proactive, organized, able to create content independently and demonstrate strong communication skills
  • Professional resume required

Apply/Inquiries

Serious and qualified candidate applicants only, send resume and provide one video editing and animation sample to Kim Banach, kbanach@helpingwildlife.org

Environmental Education & Communications

Education (EC) Interns will assist in a variety of projects including wildlife phone counseling; assisting with the admissions and tracking processes for new patients; providing on-site education to the public; assisting in the updating of old and creation of new educational brochures; assisting with the creation of games and other educational materials; updating and creating educational presentations and assisting with research needed for articles, website and other marketing and public outreach materials. Office (MC and EC) internships are usually part-time and available year-round. Qualified applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent and experience in writing as well as a familiarity and/or a willingness to learn a variety of computer programs including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Publisher, as well as relational databases. Must be able to work both independently as well as with a team and have the ability to multitask and handle working in a busy office environment. As we are located in a fairly rural area, applicants must have reliable transportation. An interest in wildlife/ecology/environmental education is a plus, but not required. Experience in any educational setting is a plus but not required. We are currently accepting interns for the 2016 season.   If you are interested in becoming a Wildlife In Need Center intern please send a letter of intent, resume, and references to:

Animal Care Internships
Mandy Feavel, Animal Care Manager
Email: mfeavel@helpingwildlife.org
Wildlife In Need Center
W349 S1480 S. Waterville Road, Suite B
Oconomowoc, WI 53066

Marketing and Education Internships
Email: contact@helpingwildlife.org
Wildlife In Need Center
W349 S1480 S. Waterville Road, Suite B
Oconomowoc, WI 53066