The Bird Center of Washtenaw County, Inc. is seeking interns for summer 2016. We are a non-profit songbird rehabilitation center conveniently located in Ann Arbor, MI. Our internships provide good on the job experience and training for students pursuing careers in the zoological and environmental fields. Please post the attached flyer and application to any job boards, bulletin boards, walls/doors, etc. where students can easily find it, or mention our internships to your students.
Thank you for your cooperation,
Summer Internships Available
At The Bird Center of
The Bird Center of Washtenaw County, Inc. is seeking paid and unpaid
interns (college student or recent graduate) for April/May through
August 2016. The Center is located in the Ann Arbor Area. We are currently accepting
applications. Interviews will be held as applications arrive. For an application visit
www.birdcenterwashtenaw.org. Previous animal experience is desired, but not necessary.
In 2015, we admitted approximately 900 birds of approximately 65 different species. We handle
songbirds and provide emergency care for waterfowl and wading birds. Raptors are given
emergency care and sent to other rehabilitators. Interns will be supervised by staff who hold
both Michigan DNR and U.S. Fish and Wildlife permits for rehabilitation of birds, as well as
trained supervisors who have taken courses in rehabilitation from national organizations.
We will pay funded interns at the minimum wage of $8.50 per hour. Funded interns work a 36.25
hour week and have two days off. Unfunded interns work a 20 hour week. Shifts for interns will
be 7 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. for one shift and 1:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the later shift. Usually an intern
would work one shift per day. This is a four month commitment. We operate seven days a week
and answer public phone calls from opening until closing. There is a one week probationary
Duties of Interns:
Feeding baby songbirds of many different species.
Teaching fledglings to self feed on natural food items (this includes live mealworms).
Cleaning of bird housing and the center.
Administering medications and other treatments to injured birds.
Answering telephone calls from the public in a professional manner (we will train you).
Accepting birds from the public and obtaining the legally required information.
Entering rescue and injury information into national wildlife rehabilitation database.
Possibly going out on rescue missions.
Possibly taking birds to veterinarians.
You will learn: bird anatomy, proper housing and diets for various species and how to feed
them, signs of illness in birds, starvation, head injuries, etc., how to diagnose fractures, how to
measure and administer medication, how to weigh and handle birds, how to educate the public
about birds and ways to alleviate bad interactions between birds and the public.
Interns must be in good health, at least 18 years of age, and have a healthy immune system.
Non-smokers are desired. This will be another exciting summer, please join us! Volunteer
opportunities are also available for those unable to commit to an internship.
Bird Center of Washtenaw County
2016 Intern Application Form
Please complete and e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
If different from above
Please include name
of school, program of
study and graduation
date (if applicable)
Completed or in
Personal (if applicable)
IT, customer service,
Are you worried about zoonosess?
(Diseases transmissible from animals to humans)
Please summarize briefly why you are interested in working and studying at the Bird Center of Washtenaw County. You may
attach a longer statement at the end of this application if desired.
Professional References (Former supervisors, teachers, etc. Provide up to three.)
Reference 1 Name Occupation
Phone Number or E-mail
Reference 2 Name Occupation
Phone Number or E-mail
Reference 3 Name Occupation
Phone Number or E-mail
(In case of emergency,
does not affect hiring)
The Bird Center is open
April – late August
Type of Internship Desired
The Bird Center offers 36.25 hr/week paid positions and 20
hr/week unpaid positions. Course credit may be possible,
please speak to your academic advisor.
Person to Contact
Relationship to Intern
Home Phone #
Insurance Company Name
Group ID (If applicable)
Date to start (mm/dd/yy)
Date to end (mm/dd/yy)
Conflicts (classes, etc…)
Full time, Paid Half time, unpaid Either
Additional Comments or Concerns About Work at The Bird Center
Thank you for your interest in the Bird Center of Washtenaw County! We look forward to
reading your application and will be in touch with you soon!