The application for our 2020 internship season is now open!

Why intern at the American Bald Eagle Foundation?
Every year we accept four to six individuals from across the country for our Shirley Internship Program. The internship  takes place at the ABEF natural history museum and raptor center in Haines, Alaska. The museum houses more than 200 specimens which exhibit Southeast Alaskan wildlife, culture, history, geology, and more. The raptor center is home to 10 live raptors who work as ambassadors for their species.

Interns have the opportunity to learn about raptors and the natural history of Southeast Alaska. This internship is for individuals interested in wildlife and conservation education, natural history, museums, and or raptor care. We offer hands-on experience in animal husbandry, raptor handling, avian enrichment, public speaking, museum care, community outreach and collaboration, and a possibility for research.

Depending on prior experience and skill level, interested candidates have the opportunity to apply to either the education or animal husbandry internships.

Education Internship:

  • Share Alaskan natural history
  • Community outreach, social media, and event planning
  • Learn about museum collections, curation, and content development

Animal Husbandry Internship:

  • Diet prep and cleaning
  • Animal handling
  • Learn about applied behavior analysis and operant learning
  • Enrichment development

All interns will have the opportunity to explore Southeast Alaska, learn about public engagement, and complete an education project.



Learning outcomes of the program include:

  • educational public programming that encourages conservation consciousness
  • skills in public interpretation
  • museum content creation (for education interns)
  • facility maintenance
  • wildlife husbandry (for animal husbandry interns)
  • understanding and employment of applied behavior analysis and operant conditioning (for animal husbandry interns)

These outcomes are achieved through orientation lectures, hands-on training, and participation in day-to-day operations. Interns will greet and interact with many guests during the summer tourism season, as well as present several different formal programs. The will also participate in daily facility maintenance and project work.

The qualified candidate will:

  • take initiative
  • self-motivate
  • have a desire to learn
  • be willing to accept constructive criticism
  • work well in teams and alone
  • manage time efficiently
  • communicate clearly, directly, and honestly
  • have a positive attitude

In addition to the experiences interns gain here, benefits include free housing, a $380 bi-monthly stipend, and up to $1,000 travel reimbursement.

Interested in applying?

Applicants must provide:

  • completed 2020 internship application
  • one-page cover letter
  • one to two-page resume
  • two letters of reference
  • three professional references (two may be the same contacts used for letters of recommendation)

Letters of recommendation must be sent directly from the writer to the subject line should read ‘letter of rec *applicant’s name*’. All other components must be compressed into a single PDF and emailed to no later than 5:00pm AKST on Monday, March 16th.

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Good luck!

If you have any questions about our internship program, contact us!

Our 2015 intern Maggie Hughes created this video from her Haines and ABEF experiences. Thanks Maggie!