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American Bald Eagle Foundation Internship Program
The American Bald Eagle Foundation (ABEF) operates a student internship program at its natural history museum and raptor center in Haines, Alaska. This program annually hosts three-five student interns from universities throughout the United States. The purpose of the program is to provide an educational, conservation oriented experience to undergraduate & graduate students majoring in an earth science or natural history related field. The ABEF internship program was established in 1999 and has trained 52 interns since its inaugural year. ABEF interns have established a prestigious record during those years and have gone on to successful careers in education, research, and employment. The ABEF takes great pride in its internship program and its interns. Those who work hard and are successful at being selected into the program can expect excellent prospects for their future regardless of their chosen endeavor. Students will work with the Raptor Curator Dr. Dan Hart and Raptor handler and trainer Brian Kurtzman and assist in the day to day care of our birds. ABEF internship students will learn to give interpretive natural history presentations regarding the flora and fauna of the Chilkat Valley specifically and Alaska in general.
The American Bald Eagle Foundation is delighted to announce its selectees for the 2014 ABEF Live Raptor Internship Program. The selection process for 2014 was the most difficult ever due to the most highly qualified candidates ever. We at the ABEF offer our most sincere congratulations to the following 6 interns on their selection for the 2014 program:
Emily Warman---Emily is a 2013 graduate of Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama where she received her B.S. degree in zoology. She is currently a veterinary medicine student at the Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine and expects to graduate with her doctoral degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2017. Emily has worked with raptors in both rehabilitation and education at the Southeastern Raptor Center for more than three years.
Leah Girard---Leah is a 2012 graduate of Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, where she received her B.S. degree in biology. She is currently a veterinary medicine student at the Michigan State University School of Veterinary Medicine and expects to graduate with her doctoral degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2017. Leah has worked in an emergency animal hospital setting for two years as well as serving an internship at Disney’s Wild Kingdom Animal Hospital in 2013. She brings a strong record of volunteerism and dedication in animal welfare to her internship with the ABEF.
Leia Minch---Leia is a 2013 graduate of the University of Oregon and served as a volunteer at the Cascades Raptor Center in Eugene, Oregon for 3 years. She has also been serving an internship with the Center for Biological Diversity in Silver City, New Mexico for the last 4 months. Leia brings a wealth of wildlife knowledge and a strong desire to help wildlife to her internship at the ABEF. Leia is also a journalist and is able to convey her thoughts well through the written word.
Samantha Wilson---Samantha is a 2014 graduate of the University of Alaska, Southeast, with a B.S. degree in biology. She has been a volunteer for both the U.S. Forest Service and the Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game in recent years. As a lover of wildlife and natural history outdoors she regularly scours the coastal shorelines and forests of Southeast Alaska. She is a lover of Bald Eagles and often carves forms of multiple wildlife species from driftwood found.
Mikenzie Hart---Mikenzie is a senior at the University of Missouri majoring in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences. She has volunteered many hours at centers such as the D&D Farms Sanctuary and the University of Missouri Raptor Rehabilitation Project. Mikenzie has also served as an animal care intern at the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, Missouri.
Sidney Campbell---Sydney is a junior at the University of Alaska, Southeast, in Juneau, Alaska. She moved to Alaska two years ago from California and is now a full time Alaskan resident. Sydney will graduate with a B.S. degree in biology in the Spring of 2015. She is a lover of all wildlife and has experience with rehabilitating both mammals and raptors.
2014 ABEF Internship Applicants Details