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Scholarships & Internships for Animal Lovers

Scholarships & Internships for Animal Lovers

It doesn’t matter if your preference is fur, feathers, scales or all creatures under the sun – there are scholarship and internship opportunities for every kind of animal lover around.

Elizabeth Hoyt

May 02, 2014

If you’re into friends of the four-legged variety, there are plenty of scholarships and internships that recognize and reward your passion!

It doesn’t matter if your preference is fur, feathers or scales – there are scholarship and internship opportunities to suit every kind of animal lover out there.

Fastweb listed them out so you can spend your extra time devoted to the important things in life – animals and filling out your scholarship applications, of course!

Whether you simply love animals or are pursuing a career in an animal-related field, check out the list below for scholarships and internships involving animal lovers of all types:

To help better organize your scholarship and internship search, please note that the following scholarships and internships for animal lovers are listed according to deadline, with the earliest deadline appearing at the top of the page. Deadlines that vary will appear at the bottom of each list.

Scholarships for Animal Lovers

MASNA Student Scholarship

Award: Varies
Deadline: June 20, 2014
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5

Provided by the Marine Aquarium Societies of North America, the MASNA Student Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing a degree in a marine science field.

You must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and be active in the marine aquarium hobby to be considered for this award.

Learn more information about the MASNA Student Scholarship.

Campbell Family Scholarship

Award: $8,500
Deadline: June 30, 2014
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior

Provided by Banfield Charitable Trust, the Campbell Family Scholarship is available to full-time undergraduate students.

To be eligible, you must have a minimum 2.75 GPA and exhibit a desire to make life better for pets and their families by pursuing a pet-related career.

Learn more information about the Campbell Family Scholarship.

NVMA Veterinary Scholarship

Award: Varies
Deadline: October 1, 2014
Available to: Graduate Student, Year 1 through Year 4

Provided by the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association, the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association Veterinary (NVMA) Scholarship is open to students studying veterinary medicine.

Learn more information about the NVMA Veterinary Scholarship.

Dennis Raveling Scholarship

Award: $2,000
Deadline: October 31, 2014
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5

The Dennis Raveling Scholarship is available to students pursuing a career in waterfowl or wetlands ecology.

You must be pursuing an advanced university degree in wildlife, zoology, botany, ecology or other related biological science and demonstrate exceptional academic achievement to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the Dennis Raveling Scholarship.

Internships for Animal Lovers

ASPCA Cruelty and Intervention Advocacy Fall Internship

Deadline: June 15, 2014
Available to: Graduate Student, Year 1 through Year 5

Provided by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the Cruelty and Intervention Advocacy Fall Internship is available to graduate students studying a field related to animal welfare.

You must demonstrate an interest in animal welfare in NYC, shelter medicine, animal hoarding, working with disadvantaged pet owners and prevention services.

A resume and at least two professional or educational references is required.

Learn more information about the Cruelty and Intervention Advocacy Fall Internship.

Bronx Zoo Teaching Fellowship

Deadline: June 30, 2014
Available to: College Junior through Graduate Student, Year 5

The Bronx Zoo Teaching Fellowships are available to undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in teaching elementary aged children.

You must have a strong background in zoology, ecology, biology, or education.

Experience in teaching is desired, and an interest in wildlife conversation and the ability to relate to children are essential.

Learn more information about the Bronx Zoo Teaching Fellowship.

Shedd Aquarium Marine Mammals Internship

Deadline: July 15, 2014
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior

The Shedd Aquarium Marine Mammals Internship is available to undergraduate students who are studying a marine science-related field.

Interns gain first-hand experience in data collection, food preparation and marine mammal husbandry.

Interns may also work towards accomplishing a research, observational or school project.

You must be at least 18 years old and have a commitment to working a minimum of 30-35 hours per week for 12-20 weeks.

Learn more information about the Shedd Aquarium Marine Mammals Internship.

Wildlife Veterinary Internship

Award: $10,000
Deadline: October 15, 2014
Available to: Graduate Student, Year 1 through Year 5

The Wildlife Veterinary Internship is available to veterinary students.

Interns will learn to identify disease patterns, determine appropriate treatment protocols, and manage cases in a hospital.

Participants gain hands-on experience in treatment administration including anesthesia, surgery, and necropsy techniques. This is a one-year program.

Learn more information about the Wildlife Veterinary Internship.

Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) Wildlife Nursery Internship
South Florida Wildlife Center

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5

Provided by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the Wildlife Nursery Internship is available to students who are at least 18 years of age.

You demonstrate an interest in caring for sick, injured and orphaned baby wildlife to qualify for this award.

Learn more information about the Wildlife Nursery Internship.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) General Office Internship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) General Office Internship is available to students who are at least 18 years old.

You must be signed up for PETA’s Action Team and have at least one year of work or volunteer experience to qualify for this award.

Additionally, you must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills and have a commitment to the objectives of the organization to qualify for this award.

A cover letter, resume and three letters of recommendation is required.

Learn more information about the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) General Office Internship.

Exotic Feline Rescue Center Internship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 2

The Exotic Feline Rescue Center Internship is open to students who want to further their education in animal care.

You must be at least 18 years of age, be capable of lifting up to 60 pounds and be in good health.

You must also be hardworking, dedicated and self-motivating to be eligible for this internship.

Students majoring in animal-related fields are preferred, but it is not required.

Interns will be involved in the daily care of about 186 big cats and have the opportunity to observe veterinary procedures.

Internship duties also include involvement in: food preparation, feeding, cleaning, maintenance of the enclosures and grounds, construction, veterinary care, guest services and educational programs.

Learn more information about the Exotic Feline Rescue Center Internship.

South Carolina Aquarium – Biologist Internship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Sophomore through College Senior

The South Carolina Aquarium on Charleston Harbor offers a Biologist Internship for college students who are interested in aquatic biology.

You must be majoring in biology, marine biology, ecology or science to be eligible for this internship. Interns may work with the lab, plants, birds, herps, otters and/or fishes, learn husbandry techniques and be responsible for maintaining specimen health, exhibit aesthetics, life support systems, and work areas.

SCUBA certified divers may get underwater experience.

You must be able to work 16 hours per week for at least 12 weeks.

Preference is given to students in their senior year.

Learn more information about the South Carolina Aquarium – Biologist Internship.

Winter Wildlife Intern

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior

The Winter Wildlife Intern position is open to students who are interested in the care and treatment of injured and orphaned wildlife. You must be able to work 10 hours per week during the fall and/or spring term to be eligible for this internship. This internship is unpaid.

Learn more information about the Winter Wildlife Intern.

Animal Program Internship – National Aquarium in Baltimore

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Junior through College Senior

The Animal Program Internship is available at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

To qualify you must be a college junior or senior with an interest in the care and behavior management of the Aquarium’s education animals.

You must be enrolled in an accredited college program pursuing a degree in animal behavior, psychology, biology, ecology, zoology, environmental science or related fields.

Students with knowledge of animal training and enrichment are preferred.

Learn more information about the Animal Program Internship – National Aquarium in Baltimore.

Marine Mammal Education and Research Internship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Sophomore through Graduate Student, Year 5

Sponsored by the New England Aquarium, the Marine Mammal Education and Research Internship is available to students who have an interest in marine biology, zoology, environmental education or related fields.

Intern duties may include assisting with collecting field data, customer service, research and other duties as needed.

You must have completed at least one year of undergraduate study, have knowledge of scientific research methods, strong communication skills and be self-motivated in order to be considered for this internship.

Learn more information about the Marine Mammal Education and Research Internship.

Conservation Science Internship – Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5

The Conservation Science Internship is available to students with an interest in raptor and bird conservation.

Intern duties will include learning basic techniques in conservation science and education, monitoring wildlife and working with volunteers, visitors and school groups.

Learn more information about the Conservation Science Internship.

Jenkinson’s Aquarium – Internships

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior

Jenkinson’s Aquarium offers internships to students interested in the aquarium operations.

Opportunities may include interpretation, aquarist, animal care, and education internships.

You must be at least 18 years old, be able to work flexible hours, swim, climb a ladder, lift 50 pounds, work and climb into small, confined areas, and have good written and oral communication skills.

Duties and responsibilities vary within different departments.

Learn more information about the Jenkinson’s Aquarium – Internships.

C.R.O.W. Externship for Veterinary Students

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5

Provided by the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (C.R.O.W.), the C.R.O.W. Externship for Veterinary Students is available to veterinary students who want to gain experience in wildlife medicine and rehabilitation.

Externships, which are a minimum of four weeks in length, are conducted at the non-profit C.R.O.W. hospital’s facilities in Southwest Florida and students will be able to experience the entire rehabilitation process while being supervised by a full-time staff veterinarian.

Learn more information about the C.R.O.W. Externship for Veterinary Students.

Herpetology Internship – National Aquarium in Baltimore

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Sophomore through College Senior

The Herpetology Internship is available at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

You must be interested in assisting with the daily care of the Aquarium’s reptiles, amphibians and associated invertebrates.

You will prepare diets and feed the animals, clean and monitor on- and off-exhibit animals and assist in the maintenance of live food cultures.

Other special projects may be determined by the staff.

To qualify, you must be enrolled in an accredited college pursuing a degree in biology, zoology, animal behavior, ecology, environmental science or a related field.

You must also be comfortable working with frogs, lizards, fish, rodents, crickets and other terrestrial arthropods.

Learn more information about the Herpetology Internship – National Aquarium in Baltimore.


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