Rehabilitation Internship

Spend a Season with us in the Hospital

General Overview:

As a rehabilitation intern you will have the chance to participate in all aspects of the rehabilitation process, from admission to the ultimate goal of release. You will be an integral part of the rehabilitation team at Carolina Raptor Center, known for its dedication to the care of injured and orphaned raptors and for developing state-of-the-art avian medicine techniques. This internship would fit those pursuing a variety of biological careers, from pre-veterinary students to those interested in field biology.

Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with the care of injured and orphaned raptors
  • Safe handling and restraint of patients while treatments are performed
  • Learning to perform an examination on an injured raptor
  • Administering medications and fluids
  •  Assisting our staff veterinarian during surgical procedures and physical therapy
  • Basic husbandry skills, including feeding and cleaning of cages
  • Taking calls from the public and dispatching transport volunteers to pick up injured birds
  • Banding and releasing rehabilitated raptors
  • Helping to maintain the health of over 100 resident raptors at the center
  • Gain in-depth knowledge of raptor biology and natural history

Applicants should be self-motivated and be willing to both learn and teach skills, be able to work with a variety of staff and volunteers, and be able to adjust to somewhat unpredictable and often long hours. Because of the nature of the position, this internship has extensive bird handling. The position includes outdoor work in all types of weather. Space is limited. Applicants with college credits are given preference. A resume and references are required to be submitted with the application. Internships are offered three times a year.

Application Process:

  • Rehabilitation internships require a minimum commitment of 20 hours per week, including weekends, to total a completion of 200 hours during the internship.
  • Applications submitted after cut off dates will not be considered.
  • Fall semester internship applications are due by June 30. (Internship runs from September to November.)
  • Spring semester internship applications are due by October 31. (Internship runs from January to March.)
  • Summer internship applications are due by February 28. (Internship runs from the end of May to August.)
  • Exact duration of internship can be determined by the organization and intern.

Email resumes and cover letters to: 

Milan Starr, Medical Coordinator