The Veterinary Department at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore offers veterinary technician internship opportunities to undergraduate students working toward a degree in veterinary technology, or recent graduates of a veterinary technology program in the past 2 years. Interns will work side by side with the experienced veterinary team during their daily routine. Internships are offered in 8 week sessions, which take place throughout the year. One intern will be accepted per 8 week session. Due to the high volume of applications received for summer internships, applicants must apply by February June 1st to be considered for placement during the fall. Applicants applying for Spring or Fall session internships are accepted on a rolling basis. Responsibilities include:
- Medical procedure preparation, assistance, and post procedure break down;
- Cleaning and restocking veterinary hospital and laboratory area;
- Interacting with the public professionally;
- In House Veterinary Laboratory observation and assistance;
- Observation and documentation of health and behaviors;
- Record keeping of procedures, inventories, treatments, training programs, etc.;
- Assist in facility maintenance and in hospital animal husbandry;
- Observation of and assist in medical training programs and animal enrichment.
In addition to daily tasks, each intern will be responsible for completing one project. Project ideas include but are not limited to: - Data collection and inventory building - Research of current interesting medical case- Poster or Power point presentation - Handbook/guide collaboration for future interns/volunteers
Skill Set Required
- Carrying up to 50 lbs or more;
- Lifting, unloading and pushing heavy carts or boxes of medical equipment;
- Bending, stooping, standing for long periods of time;
- Working in all weather conditions;
- Tolerance of strong odors, dust, hay and animal fur/hair/dander.
The time commitment of each intern may range from 16-40 hours a week, scheduled any of the seven days a week, 8:30am-4:30pm, based on needs of the Zoo, and the credit requirement of the university (if applicable). Interns will be expected to commit to the schedule which will be determined in advance. Total hours must be more than 100 and less than 400.
Preferred Areas of Study/Major(s)
Veterinary Technology (accredited programs)
Fall (Sep - Dec)
Hours per week:
10 or more hours
Minimum 1 full day per week, Monday to Sunday, 8:30am-4:30pm
U.S. Citizen/U.S. National
June 1, 2018
Resume, Cover Letter, References, Other - school transcript
Students should send resume, cover letter, transcript and references to the internship coordinator listed above.
Materials are accepted electronically.
Students should fill out an application on the following website:
Internship candidates must complete the online Volunteer Application and submit the following:
• School transcript, official or unofficial, and copies are accepted
• Cover letter explaining the applicant’s:
o Goals and how this internship will help achieve those goals;
o Relevant skills, activities, experience and/or classes;
o School requirements for internship credit;
o Start and end dates, and days of availability;
• Contact information for three professional references.
Application materials should be emailed to the Volunteer Department: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Internships are unpaid, and there is no reimbursement for transportation or housing
- All applicants will be notified upon receipt of all materials. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.