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Internships for University Students


NWRI offers internships to university students to fulfill internship credit in certain fields, or for students wanting to gain hands-on experience in the fields of Wildlife Management, Veterinary Medicine, and Animal Science.

Level I Summer InternshipsLevel I Internships take place at our Wildlife Center in Louisville, NE. These internships are unpaid, and all travel, food, and lodging costs are the responsibility of the intern.  We will accept applications from any current university student in the United States. Twelve Level I internships are available in the summer of 2019.

Duties include:

  • Intake, triage, and care of wildlife in the Wildlife Center
  • Answering the phones and handling public walk-ins during business hours
  • Educating the public about wildlife and wildlife nuisance issues
  • Coordinating rescues and transportation of wildlife
  • Animal tracking and reporting

Level I interns work an average of 21 hours per week.


Level II Summer InternshipsThese internships are residency internships at our satellite site in Fort Calhoun, Nebraska. Interns live on site and work an average of 30 hours per week. Housing and a competitive stipend are provided to all Level II Interns.  Applicants for Level II Internships must have a minimum of 250 hours of prior wildlife rehabilitation experience, with preference given to students having previously completed NWRI's Level I Internship. Three Level II internships are available in the summer of 2019.

Duties include:

  • Care of wildlife in our medical unit on site.
  • Cleaning and care of wildlife in outside wilding cages.
  • Enrichment and oversight of the wilding and release of wildlife.
  • Participating in rescues and transportation of wildlife
  • Animal tracking and reporting.

Level II interns will work a minimum of 12 weeks in the summer. 16- and 20-week options may be available.

Level II interns must have previous wildlife rehabilitation experience and a valid driver's license.


2019 Fall Internships

We are offering up to four 8-week  Level I Fall Wildlife Center Internship positions in 2019. These interns will work three to four six-hour shifts per week with a staff member or volunteer.

Level II Intern-in-residence opportunities may also be available in the fall of 2019 for students with prior wildlife rehabilitation experience.

If you are a student interested in a fall internship, please e-mail us at for further details.



Application Links

The summer internship application period is closed.  Check back in November for the 2020 application!


Important Dates for 2019

2019 Summer Internships - Dates to Note:
March 1, 2019 – Application Deadline for Level I and Level II Summer Internships
March 7-15, 2019– Interviews for all Summer Internships
March 31, 2019 – Notification Date for all Summer Internships

Level I Internships
May 13-17 – Level I Internship Training*
May 19 – August 10, 2019 - Level I Internship

*Training for these internships will take place all 5 days from 9 AM to 5 PM each day. Selected interns must attend all 5 days of training. All materials, breakfast and lunch will be provided each day.

Level II Internships
Week of May 12th 2019 –  Level II Internship Training, Orientation, and Move-In Days
May 19, 2019– Internship start date for Level II Internships
August 10, 2019 – Last day for 12-week internships