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Thursday, February 4

2016 Summer Internships at the Bird Center of Washtenaw County, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI

Hello All,
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,

Bailey Hughes

Summer Internships Available

At The Bird Center of

Washtenaw County

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 birdcenter@comcast.net

Contact Information 


Permanent (Home) 


Local Address

If different from above 

Home/Cell #: 

E-mail Address 



Please include name 

of school, program of 

study and graduation 

date (if applicable) 

Relevant Courses

Completed or in 


Past Animal 


Professional and 

Personal (if applicable) 

Other Skills

IT, customer service, 

medical, etc… 

Are you worried about zoonosess?

(Diseases transmissible from animals to humans) 

High School 



Personal Statement 

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 

Other Information 

Emergency Contact 

Health Insurance

(In case of emergency, 

does not affect hiring) 

Dates Available

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 # 

Work/Cell # 

Insurance Company Name 

Group ID (If applicable) 

Policy Number 

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!