Interns will participate in general animal husbandry, while also focusing on animal-based research projects in order to gain experience in the animal field and learn more about our animals and their individual behaviors. 

Time frame: 12 weeks 

Hours: <20 hours per week; at least 16 (either 4, 4-hour days or 2, 8-hour days of their choosing) on site, 4 off site for analyzing video footage 

2 interns per cycle, with each cycle starting January 1 (spring) and (fall) Aug 1 

Currently enrolled in an academic career revolving animal or nonprofit based work

Weekly stipend included 


Applications must include Cover Letter (incorporating the two application questions), Resume/CV, and 1 letter of recommendation 


Application questions: 

What motivates you to pursue work related to animals or nonprofit organizations?  

How does the SWS Internship Program fit into your professional goals? 


Initial Research based off: Pack characteristics of wild versus captive bred wolves 

We will offer a well-rounded and customizable experience, focusing on the following categories: 

  • Animal Care: participate in the day-to-day husbandry (cleaning, feeding, monitoring) of our resident animals, which includes wolves, wolfdogs, and other exotic animals. The intern may observe the work of veterinary professionals who care for our animals and assist in procedures. 
  • Operations/Facilities: work behind-the-scenes with our paid staff and volunteers in the administration, maintenance, and landscaping of Sanctuary grounds