Wildlife and Aquatic Animal Medicine Club

Externships by Type & Location

Choosing an externship based on location is a great idea to decrease costs or experience new places.
Check out this map that we have compiled to help you out!  

(Blue is for 4th years and orange is for 1st through 3rd years.)

By Category:

This list is a great place to start searching for opportunities, but don’t let it limit you.  There are many more opportunities out there.
* = May be available for rising 3rd years, as well


Institution Weeks Housing Misc. Requirements
Audubon Park Zoo 6-8 No Apply 2 years in advance
Baltimore Zoo 6+ Yes
Birmingham Zoo 2-8 No Rolling basis
Brevard Zoo 4-6 Maybe
Brookfield Zoo 6-8 No Apply 1-2 years in advance
Buttonwood Park Zoo 4-6 No
Calgary Zoo 3-8 Yes Apply 1 year in advance
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo 4-8 No Car required
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden 4-6 Yes
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo* 4+ Yes Car required
Columbus Zoo 4-6 No
Dallas Zoo 4-8 No Apply 12 months before desired start date
Denver Zoological Gardens 4-8 No
Detroit Zoo 3-6 No Apply 12-18 months before start
Dickerson Park Zoo 2-8 Yes
Disney's Animal Kingdom 4 No November 15 deadline; car required, 3.0 GPA required, 8 openings a year
Fort Wayne Children's Zoo 4-8 No
Fort Worth Zoo 6-8 No Apply 12-18 months in advance
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center 6-8 Yes Apply 9-12 months in advance
Glady's Porter Zoo* 6-8 No
Hogle Zoo* 4 No
Houston Zoo 4-6 No October 31 deadline
Indianapolis Zoo 4-8 No
Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens 4 No 3.0 GPA required; car required; need at least 3 months of clinical training
Kansas City Zoo* 6-8 No
Lincoln Park Zoo 8 Yes Apply 9-12 months in advance; Chicago Getaway Hostel has contracted with LPZ for long-term, reduced rate housing; contact LPZ for details
Lion Country Safari 8+ No
Little Rock Zoo 4-8
Los Angeles Zoo 4-6 No Submit application as far in advance as possible
Louisville Zoo 4 No
Maryland Zoo 6-8 No No deadline, but encouraged to apply 1 year in advance; limited public transport available
Memphis Zoo 4-6 Yes
Milwaukee County Zoo 4-8 No
Naples Zoo at Carribean Gardens 4-8 No
Nashville Zoo 4-8 No Rolling deadline
National Zoo 6 No October 15 deadline
Oklahoma City Zoo 3+ Yes
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo 4-6 Yes
Oregon Zoo 4-6 No November 30 of junior year
Philadelphia Zoo 4-6 No December 1 deadline
Pittsburgh Zoo 6-8 Yes Apply 1 year in advance
Potawatami Zoo 4-8 Yes Own vehicle if possible
Potter Park Zoo 3-6 No
Roger Williams Park Zoo 3-5 No Car required
San Diego Zoo 4-6 No September 15 deadline; only available November-June
San Diego Zoo Safari Park 6+ No September 1 of junior year; only available October-July
San Francisco Zoo 4-8 No No externs in December
Sedwick County Zoo 3-6 Occassionally possible
The Wilds 4-8 Yes Car required
Toledo Zoo 4-8 Yes
Topeka Zoo 2-8 No
White Oak Conservation Center 6-8 Yes
Wildlife Conservation Society 4-8 November 15 deadline
Wildlife Safari 2-6 Yes Apply at least 6 months in advance; own car is desirable
Woodland Park Zoo 6-8 Yes January 1 of junior year
Zoo Atlanta 6-8 No Rolling deadline
Zoo New England 4-6 No October 1 of previous year; externship is closed from mid-November through early January


Institution Weeks Housing Misc. Requirements
Aquarium of the Pacific* 3-6 No October 31 deadline of the year before
California Department of Fish and Wildlife - Fish Health Laboratory 2 No Rolling deadline; busiest season is late spring-fall
Georgia Aquarium* 4-6 October 1 deadline; car required; externships are not available November 30-January 10, May 1-20, or June 16-August 3
John G. Shedd Aquarium 4-6 No November 1 deadline; provide at least 3 available 4-6 week blocks of time during the academic year September-May, and no June, July, or August dates
Marine Biological Laboratory 2-6 Yes App due by end of December
Mystic Aquarium 3 No Rolling deadline
National Aquarium in Baltimore 6-8 No Rolling deadline; no externs June, July, August, or December 15-January 15
New England Aquarium* 6-8 No November 1 deadline; between September 1-June 30 (no summer rotations)
Sea World San Diego 3-4 No November 15 Deadline
South Carolina Aquarium 5-6 No
University of Florida Aquaculture Lab 4-8 Yes Car required
US Naval Marine Mammal Program 4-6 No
Vancouver Aquarium 2-4 No March 30 deadline

Wildlife Rehabilitation

Institution Weeks Housing Misc. Requirements
California Department for Fish & Game 6 For part of rotation Car required
California Wildlife Center 4-8 No
Cape Wildlife Center of the Humane Society* 4-8 Yes
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine 2-4 weeks in one rotation; no more than 6 weeks total. Zoo, wildlife, exotics, among other rotations No App fee required; scheduled on a space-available basis
CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife) 6-12 Yes
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts Wildlife Clinic


No Rotations between April-November
Georgia Sea Turtle Center* 2-6 Yes Car required
International Crane Foundation* 4-8 Yes
Lindsay Wildlife Museum 4+ No
Marine Mammal Center 4 Yes January 2 deadline
Minnesota Raptor Center 3-6 No Externs accepted from April 1-December but best times are from July-November; one student April-June, two students July-October
National Wildlife Health Center 4-6 No
PAWS Wildlife Center 4-6 No
Southeastern Raptor Center* 2-8
Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research Center 2-4
University of California Davis Wildlife Health Center 6 Maybe September 1 of third year deadline; housing provided in Santa Cruz but externship may be at different locations
Wildlife Center of Virginia* 3-12 Yes Housing is available for a nominal cost; car can also be provided; apply 1 year in advance
Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota* 2-8 No

Wildlife Management




Misc. Requirements

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife



Car required

Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study



 Apply at least 8-12 months in advance


Institution Weeks Housing Misc. Requirements
American College of Veterinary Pathologists 4-12
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine 2-4 weeks in one rotation; no more than 6 weeks total No Rabies vaccination/titer required; app fee required; scheduled on a space-available basis
National Zoo Pathology 6-8
San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research Pathology Department 3 No Positions tend to fill 1 year in advance; need to apply early; need to be familiar with standard necropsy protocol
University of Wyoming Wildlife Disease Externship 1-12 No Apply at least 3 months in advance
Zoo Pathology at University of Illinois* 3-6 No Positions tend to fill 1 year in advance; need to apply early