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Internships for University Students


NWR 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 Internships In 2021 , the Level I Internships will take place at our satellite site in Washington County, 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. Eighteen Level I internships are available in the summer of 2021.

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 30-40 hours per week. Housing and a 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 NWR's Level I Internship. Three Level II internships are available in the summer of 2021.

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 a minimum of 250 hours of previous wildlife rehabilitation experience and a valid driver's license.


Spring & Fall Internships

Due to COVID-19, we are not accepting any new interns in the fall of 2020 or in the spring of 2021.

Application Links

The application period for 2021 is now closed. Please check back in November 2021 if you'd like to apply for a Summer 2022 Internship.

Important Dates for 2021

2021 Summer Internships - Dates to Note:
March 1, 2021 – Application Deadline for Level I and Level II Summer Internships
March 8-14, 2021– Interviews for all Summer Internships
March 31, 2021 – Notification Date for all Summer Internships

Level I Internships
May 17-21, 2021 – Level I Internship Training*
May 23 – August 14, 2020 - 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 16th –  Level II Internship Training, Orientation, and Move-In Days
May 23, 2021 – Internship start date for Level II Internships
August 14, 2020 – Last day for 12-week internships