What to expect:
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Wildlife facilities require a lot of hard work, organization, and upkeep for both the grounds and the animals in their care. DEW Haven offers a wonderful internship program for those interested in getting experience working with domestic and exotic animals. DEW has had interns from various backgrounds and college majors, including but not limited to; biology, pre-vet, tourism, zoology, animal behavior, and wildlife biology. We accept interns of any animal related major.
An internship position at DEW Haven offers many different experiences to learn how to care for a variety of species. Duties include cleaning animal enclosures, monitoring behaviors, learning husbandry techniques, checking food and water, helping to educate the public, and researching, creating, designing, observing (and in some instances personally implementing) enrichment projects for the animals. Those who are interested in pursuing a career in animal husbandry or research will find that an internship at DEW provides a great foundation for figuring out a path. Not only will you learn information about exotic, wild, and domestic species, you will learn numerous skills in communicating with the public, how to follow safety procedures, how to work with your hands and tools, and also how to think critically to plan projects for the benefit of the wildlife.
Testimonies from a few of our past interns:
“Working at DEW Haven for the summer opened my eyes to the possibility of what I could do in my future. It solidified my love for animals and gave me once in a life time experiences.” —E.A.
“No matter what struggles I am going through, the second that I step foot here, I feel at peace. Being able to give these wonderful animals love, and care for them, gives me the most overwhelming emotions. I am so grateful to Julie, Bob, and their family for giving me the opportunity to have those feelings.” —S.C.
“I was part of implementing new enrichment and husbandry practices to continue providing mental/physical stimulation and to optimize the well being of each animal.”—J.P.
“The impact that these people and these animals had on me is indescribable. Before this internship, I had no real experience, especially with animals like wallabies or alpacas, so having them stop to take the time to educate me on the animals and the care of these animals was incredible.”—K.R.
“Since interning at DEW Haven I have received my Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and I am now in my first year of Vet School. I have made animal health and husbandry the focus of my education and it is experiences such as those at DEW Haven that reinforce my decision to further this education.”—L.R.
“While at DEW Haven, I was able to learn valuable skills and information about how to care for wildlife in captivity as well as how to rehabilitate Maine wildlife. In total, I earned 7 college credits during my time interning at DEW.”—D.D.