Internships, Externships and Veterinary Preceptorships

Wildlife Rehabilitation Internship
Marine Mammal Rescue and Rehabilitation Internship
Wildlife Medicine Externship 
4th Year Veterinary Preceptorship


Wildlife Rehabilitation Internship (Four, 10-week sessions; unpaid)

NOTE: All sessions for the 2015 Wildlife Rehabilitation Internship program have been filled.  We typically post for the 2016 sessions in December for the upcoming year.  Please check back at that time for dates and updated information at which time you may submit your resume and letter of intent.

During this wildlife rehabilitation internship, you will assist staff and volunteers with all aspects of animal care, while gaining:

  • Direct wildlife care experience under the supervision of California Wildlife Center staff.
  • Experience with raptors, songbirds, land mammals, and pelagic birds.
  • The opportunity to learn the local, state, and federal requirements in the care and treatment of protected species.
  • Advanced skills from wildlife experts with hands-on experience and through specialized classes.

Residency on-site is limited to two people per session; therefore, housing and transportation are generally the responsibility of the intern.

A telephone interview will be scheduled after your application has been received. If you have any questions or would like to visit the hospital, please email or phone at 818-222-2658, to schedule a short in-person interview.


Marine Mammal Rescue and Rehabilitation Internship (Four, 6-week sessions; two positions per session; unpaid)

This internship will provide an exciting and challenging educational experience in the marine mammal field, while also allowing for additional hands-on experience with other native California wildlife. The interns will be working closely with the Marine Mammal staff in all aspects of stranding response and marine mammal rehabilitation; including logistics, assessment, capture/restraint, transport to the marine mammal rehabilitation facility, animal care, educating the public and public relations. In addition, interns will provide support to CWC Hospital staff in animal husbandry tasks for avian and terrestrial wildlife.

Details about the application process can be found here. For more information, please email Jeff Hall, Marine Program Manager: or phone (818) 222-2658.


Wildlife Medicine Externship 

NOTE:  All Externship positions for 2015 have been filled. Please check back early next year for information on our 2016 opportunities.   

Under the tutelage of CWC Animal Care Director, Duane Tom, DVM, externs will work on-site at CWC’s facilities in the Santa Monica Mountains; 6-8 week sessions on a rolling basis from March through November with a maximum of two qualified participants per session; unpaid.

Experience in wildlife rehabilitation and/or work in domestic veterinary clinics is highly recommended. However, because this program is directed at providing an introduction to wildlife medicine, enthusiasm and the ability to learn are the most important qualities.

Veterinary students and pre-veterinary applicants as well as those applicants who demonstrate a prolonged interest and a career in wildlife medicine will be given priority.

Details about the 2015 application process (all 2015 positions have been filled), can be found here. For more information, please email:  Duane Tom, DVM, Director of Animal Care:


Wildlife Medicine Preceptorship

Under the direction of Dr. Duane Tom, this Veterinary Preceptorship offers students the opportunity for hands-on experience with soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries, necropsies and various diagnostic modalities; 4 - 8 week sessions are offered on a rolling basis throughout the year with a time commitment of approx. 48 hours per week; unpaid.

This program is for students undergoing their 4th year clinical rotations only.  Previous experience in wildlife rehabilitation is highly recommended.

Details about the 2015 program and application process can be found here.  The Wildlife Medicine 4th year Veterinary Preceptorship application can be downloaded here.  For more information, please email Duane Tom, DVM, Director of Animal Care: