NCSU CALS VetPAC -Exotic Experience Opportunities

Exotic Experience Opportunities

North Carolina

Animal Hospital of Fayetteville
Address: 3109 Fort Bragg Rd., Fayetteville NC 28303
Phone: (910) 323-1535

Atrium Animal Hospital
Address: 6520 McMahon Drive, Charlotte NC 28226
Phone: (704) 542-2000

Avian and Exotic Animal Care
Address: 8711 Fidelity Blvd., Raleigh NC 27617
Phone: (919) 844-9166

Avian & Exotic Mobile Veterinary Service
Address: 121 Carriage Drive, Stoneville, NC 27048
Phone: (336) 427-0083

Blue Ridge Wildlife Center
Address: Lees-McRaeCollege, Banner Elk, NC USA 28604
Phone: (828) 898-5241
Opportunity: Offers a summer clinical where you learn to rehabilitate wildlife and also gain enough experience to become licensed in N.C.

Carolina Tiger Rescue (formerly Carnivore Preservation Trust)
Address: 1940 Hanks Chapel Rd., Pittsboro, NC 27312
Phone: (919) 542-4454
Opportunity: This exciting 6-week, hands-on program gives interns an opportunity to learn many aspects of exotic animal care from routine feeding to veterinary care.

Carolina Veterinary Specialists
Address: 12117 Statesville Road, Huntersville NC 28078
Phone: (704) 949-1100

Coddle Creek Animal Hospital
Address: Davidson Highway (Hwy 73), Concord NC 28027
Phone: (704) 795-9005

Conservator’s Center Inc. (CCI)
Address: PO Box 882, Mebane, NC 27302
Phone: (336) 421-0883

Opportunity: Learn about the care of all the animals and what it takes to run a non-profit facility; summer internships available.

Duke University, Lemur Center
Address: 3705 Erwin Road

Griffin Avian and Exotic Veterinary Hospital
Address: 2100 Lane Street, Kannapolis NC 28083
Phone: (704) 932-8111

Noah’s Landing

1489 Live Oak Rd, Coats, NC 27521

North Carolina Wildlife
N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Wildlife Diversity Program
Address: 1751 Varsity Drive, Raleigh, N.C. 27699
Phone: (919) 707-0064
Opportunity: the agency’s Wildlife Diversity Program works to prevent species from becoming endangered by maintaining viable, self-sustaining populations of all native wildlife, with an emphasis on species in decline.

NC Zoo Wildlife Rehabilitator Internship
Opportunity: The N.C. Zoo offers a variety of exciting and unique internship opportunities.   A zoological environment offers a fun, yet challenging atmosphere to gain valuable career building knowledge and experience.

River Road Animal Hospital
Address: 8593 River Rd SE, Southport NC 28461
Phone: (910) 454-8910

Rolesville Veterinary Hospital
Address: 312 Saddlewood Ct., Rolesville NC 27571
Phone: (919) 562-0100

Timberlyne Animal Clinic
Address: 110 Banks Drive, Chapel Hill NC 27514
Phone: (919) 968-3047

Triangle Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic
Address: 1417 Seaton Rd., Durham, NC 27713
Phone: (919) 544-3330
Opportunity: Clinic currently closed; internships available focusing on business, fundraising, and community outreach.

The Wolf Sanctum
Address: 131 Wolf Crossing, Bakersville, NC  28705
Phone: (828) 688-9005
E-mail Contact:
Opportunity: Volunteer with a non-profit organization that offers a sanctuary for wolf and wolf hybrids


Little Rock Zoo Internship
Contact: Kate Barszczowski,
Phone: (501) 661-7271
Opportunity: Interns will gain valuable experience working with exotic animals by working with professional zookeepers.


Black Pine Animal Sanctuary
Address: 1426 W. 300 N., P.O. Box 02, Albion, IN 46701
Phone: (260) 636-7383
Opportunity: 8-12 week summer internships available; responsible for husbandry of animals and customer service at the exotic animal park; some housing available upon request; applications available on-line.


Audubon Nature Institute Conservation Research Internship Opportunities
Opportunity: College students interested in conservation biology are admitted into a selective internship program where they gain hands-on experience with breeding programs for endangered wildlife


Henry Doorly Zoo
Address: Omaha, NE
Opportunity: Various summer internship opportunities available, such as Reproductive Biology Summer Intern.

New Hampshire

The Student Conservation Association
Address: National Office; Charlestown, NH
Dale Penny, SCA President
P.O. Box 550, 689 River Road, Charlestown, NH 03603
Tel. 603.543.1700, Fax 603.543.1828 (fax)

New York

Seneca Park Zoo
Address: 2222 St. Paul Street, Rochester NY 14621
Contact: Ken Nelson,
Opportunity: Five week funded research and clinical summer fellowship.


Philadelphia Zoo Internship
Opportunity: Through our internships, we provide practical, high-quality experiences that help you achieve your academic and professional goals


PAWS. People Helping Animals (Wildlife Center)
Address: 15305 44th Ave W, Lynnwood, WA 98087
Phone: (425) 787-2500
Opportunity: There are a variety of opportunities available for individuals who wish to gain valuable hands-on experience in the fields of companion animal sheltering, public affairs/community relations, wildlife rehabilitation and veterinary medicine.

Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation
Opportunity: An internship at Wolf Hollow provides the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with many different wildlife species and to learn skills such as handling techniques, diets, food preparation and feeding methods and to assist experienced rehab.

Washington D.C.

National Zoo Animal Management Internship, Keeper Aide Intern, Bird Area
Opportunity: The National Zoo provides the opportunity for interns to participate in daily animal management and visitor education.

National Zoo Department of Reproductive Sciences Internship
Opportunity: Interns will receive research training under the supervision of the Department of Reproductive Sciences staff.

National Zoo Small Mammal Enrichment Internship
Opportunity: The intern’s main duties will focus on the design, construction, and implementation of environmental enrichment.

Various Locations in the US

International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council Intern

Opportunity: Explore the differing internship/career opportunities available.

Outside the US

Global Vision International
Phone: 01727 250 250
Opportunity: Various trips available; promotes sustainable development worldwide through responsible volunteering programs


Aquatic Experience Opportunities

North Carolina

Bald Head Island Conservancy, Inc. Environmental Education Internship
Bald Head Island Conservancy, P.O. Box 3109,  Bald Head Island, NC 28461
Telephone: (910) 338-0930
Contact: Kendyll Goeman, Environmental Educator,
Opportunity: This internship is  intended to give undergraduates not only environmental education experience, but also experience in working at a small non-profit organization.

The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center
Address: SeaTurtleHospital, P.O. Box 3012, Topsail Beach, NC28445

NCSU Turtle Rescue Team

North Carolina Aquariums Aquariology Internship Opportunities
Contact information:


Mystic Aquarium Institute for Exploration
Mystic Aquarium’s intern program is designed to provide college students and recent college graduates with an advance knowledge of the aquatic world.  There are 1-3 internships available each semester as well as in the summer.
Contact information - 55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, CT 06355-1997  ( P: 860.572.5955  F: 860.572.5969


Mote Marine Laboratory Internship Opportunities for College Students
Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL34236.
Phone: (941) 388-4441
Opportunity: Mote internships are designed to inspire students with a life-long appreciation and commitment to the conservation and sustainability of our oceans by providing unique, hands-on opportunities to conduct ocean science research, education, or support services under the mentorship of Mote scientists, educators, animal care specialists, and other professionals.

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