What is the American Bald Eagle Foundation Internship Program?
Every summer/fall we host an internship program that accepts four to six individuals from across the country. Interns have the opportunity to learn about raptors and the natural history of Southeast Alaska. This internship is for anyone who seeks a career working with wildlife and/or in conservation education. We offer hands-on experience in animal behavior, animal handling, avian enrichment, public speaking, community outreach and collaboration, and a possibility for some research.
Depending on prior experience and skill level, interns will learn how to train raptors via operant conditioning: positive reinforcement training. Interns also engage guests of all ages through natural history programs. They will learn about the many species of animals that occupy Southeast Alaska and they may have a chance to collect data with a local researcher in the area.
Although the ABEF is not a rehabilitation organization, we perform rescues and stabilize local raptors and corvids that are within the Haines Borough. Interns will assist in rescues and restraining the birds for intake exams.
In addition, interns may complete a two-week rotation at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve in Yukon Territory, Canada where they will learn large mammal husbandry and help staff rehabilitate rescued animals from across the Territory.
There’s more information on our internship here.
Our 2017 interns have already been chosen. If you are interested in this opportunity for the 2018 season, please check back here around January 1st.
If you have any questions about our internship program, please contact:
Leia Minch- leia(at)baldeagles(dot)org
Maggie Hughes, one of our 2015 interns created this video from her Haines and ABEF experiences. Thanks Maggie!