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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 12, 2015

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

$3,000 Thank Animal Conservationists Scholarship
Deadline: 5/31/15
Available to: Maximum Age 25 Years
Award Amount: $3,000

Rangers are on the front lines of conservation to protect some of the world’s most endangered species like tigers, elephants and rhinos, but they are under-appreciated.

Wanna Do Something to thank our rangers for helping protect endangered species?

Sign up at www.dosomething.org/campaigns/wildlife-cards to create thank you cards and send them to rangers to show support and appreciation!

For every 2 cards, you will receive one scholarship entry and are limited to ten entries per person.

No essays or minimum GPA required for entry.

Learn more information about the $3,000 Thank Animal Conservationists Scholarship.

John D. Spurling OBE KCVO Scholarship

Deadline: 7/01/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $10,000

Sponsored by the American Kennel Club, the John D. Spurling OBE KCVO Scholarship is available to full-time students pursuing degrees related to advancing responsible pet ownership.

You must demonstrate academic merit and community experience with responsible pet ownership to qualify for this award.

Get more information on the John D. Spurling OBE KCVO Scholarship.

“A Voice for Animals” Contest
Deadline: 8/15/15
Available to: Students Ages 14-18
Award Amount: $750

Sponsored by the Humane Education Network, the “A Voice for Animals” Contest is open to high school and home schooled students.

To be considered, 14 to 15 year old students must submit an essay which addresses the mistreatment of one animal species, one cause of animal suffering, or the preservation of one species threatened with extinction; occurring anywhere in the world.

Students who are aged 16 to 18 must take an active involvement in a project which strives to mitigate the suffering of animals.

Learn more information about the “A Voice for Animals” Contest.

Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Scholarship

Deadline: 12/31/15
Available To: Maximum Age 21 Years
Award Amount: Varies

Provided by the Nicodemus Wilderness Project, the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Scholarship is available to students between the ages of 13 and 21 who are interested in protecting wildlife and the environment.

To be considered, you must conduct your own environmental stewardship project in 2015, take digital photos of your project in action, and write an essay about your project and what it meant to you.

Get more information on the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Scholarship.

Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship

Deadline: 2/20/16
Available to: High School Senior through College Freshman
Award Amount: $10,000

The Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors.

You must have been active in promoting vegetarianism in your school and / or community; and have demonstrated compassion, courage, and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet/lifestyle to be considered for this award.

Learn more about the Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship.

Seed Grants
Deadline: Rolling
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

Amphibian Conservation Alliance is giving out seed grants all year.

With awards ranging from $500-$1,000, grants are awarded to help kick start projects or allow teams to try new innovative approaches to address conservation, research and educational challenges.

Learn more information about the Seed Grants.

Angel Dogs Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 4
Award Amount: Varies

The Angel Dogs Scholarship is available to senior DVM students at the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine.

You must demonstrate financial need, an interest in small animal practice and high sensitivity toward the human/animal bond to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the Angel Dogs Scholarship.

Cats, Plain and Fancy Scholarship
Award: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1 through Year 5

The Cats, Plain and Fancy Scholarship is open to students at Tufts University, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine who have an interest in and commitment to feline medicine.

Learn more information about the Cats, Plain and Fancy Scholarship.

Crawford Prize in Conservation
Award: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through College Seniors

The Crawford Prize in Conservation is available to students at Berea College.

You must have excelled in environmental studies and have expressed interest in conservation, wildlife preservation and natural history to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the Crawford Prize in Conservation.

Animal Sciences Scholarship – University of Idaho
Award: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior

The Animal Sciences Scholarship is open to University of Idaho undergraduate students who are majoring in animal science or veterinary science.

Your selection for this award is based on character, extracurricular activities, integrity and leadership.

Learn more information about the Animal Sciences Scholarship.

Animal Law Scholarship – Lewis & Clark Law School
Award: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Student, Year 2 through Year 3

The Animal Law Scholarship is available to continuing students at the Lewis and Clark Law School.

You must demonstrate a commitment to the study and practice of animal law to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the Animal Law Scholarship – Lewis & Clark Law School.

Michigan Horse Council Endowment
Award: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior

The Michigan Horse Council Endowmentis open to students enrolled in the Michigan State University, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

You must be majoring in animal science and demonstrate through your life a commitment to the equine industry to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the Michigan Horse Council Endowment.

John F. and Georgia O’Neill Flagg Scholarship Fund for Wildlife Medicine
Award: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1 through Year 5

The John F. and Georgia O’Neill Flagg Scholarship Fund for Wildlife Medicine is open to students at Tufts University, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine who have expressed an interest and career goal in wildlife medicine.

Learn more information about the John F. and Georgia O’Neill Flagg Scholarship Fund for Wildlife Medicine.

Hill’s Pet Nutrition Service Scholarship
Award: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1 through Year 3

The Hill’s Pet Nutrition Service Scholarship is available to students at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine.

You must be a first-, second- or third-year student and demonstrate leadership, character and contributions to the School of Veterinary Medicine to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the Hill’s Pet Nutrition Service Scholarship.

Nestle Purina Award for Excellence in Companion Animal Nutrition
Award: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 3

The Nestle Purina Award for Excellence in Companion Animal Nutrition is available to third-year students at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine.

You must demonstrate academic achievement, collegiality, a strong interest in nutrition and physiology and financial need to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the Nestle Purina Award for Excellence in Companion Animal Nutrition.

Internships for Animal Lovers

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.

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.

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.

Summer Wildlife Intern – Wildcare Inc.
Deadline: Rolling
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior

The Summer 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 20 hours per week from the months of May to August to be eligible for this internship. This internship is unpaid.

Learn more information about the Summer Wildlife Intern – Wildcare Inc..

Sea Turtle Research Internship
Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1 through Year 3

The Sea Turtle Research Internship is available at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.

You will be involved in a variety of aspects monitoring the sea turtles on the beaches around Naples.

You must be at least a college senior, with preference given to students who have earned a BA or BS, studying biological or environmental science to be eligible for this position.

Working knowledge of the care and operations of ATVs, motorboats and small engines is an asset.

Learn more information about the Sea Turtle Research 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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