Internships and Externships

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

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.

Details about the application process (accepted on a rolling basis beginning January 1st), can be found here. 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 Jo Joseph at or phone at 818-222-2658, to schedule a short in-person interview.

Marine Mammal Response Internship (Two, 8-week sessions; two positions per session; may be eligible to receive academic credit)

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; including logistics, assessment, capture/restraint, transport to the marine mammal rehabilitation facility, 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 (accepted on a rolling basis), can be found here. For more information, please email Jeff Hall, Marine Program Manager: or phone (818) 222-2658.

Wildlife Medicine Externship 

ALL 2014 WILDLIFE MEDICAL EXTERNSHIP POSITIONS HAVE BEEN FILLED.  Thank you for your interest.  Please check this site in early 2015 for information regarding the next open sessions.

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; five sessions during spring, summer and fall; two qualified participants per session.

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 2014 application process (accepted until positions are full), can be found here. For more information, please email:  Duane Tom, DVM, Director of Animal Care: or phone 818-222-2658.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

There are many other ways you can help CWC and the animals! To inquire about working in our administrative offices, out in the field and at community events, or helping with facilities maintenance and animal transport, please email: