Scholarships, Fellowships, Academic Internships, and Grants: Animal Behavior and Research

This guide is designed to assist members of the Eckerd College Community in identifying scholarships, grants, academic internships, and fellowship opportunities.

Organization Information

Zoos and Aquariums

Association of Zoos and Aquariums - Job Listings  Job listings for all accredited zoos and aquariums are posted here, a great place to get started.
American Association of Zoo Keepers - Job Board  AAZK "Opportunity Knocks" board, zoo keeper jobs and internships.

  Wildlife Parks, Refuges & Wildlife Research Organizations

National Park Service Job information available but you have to dig. Try going to individual park sites as well or government job boards.
USAJobs Database of all federal jobs, including wildlife openings. Limited utility.
National Wildlife Refuge System Excellent opportunities are available. Explained and cross-listed under USFWS below. 

US Fish and Wildlife Service 

This link opens a new browser window that in turn offers multiple links and some suggestions for finding opportunities.
Hawk Mountain Fantastic place, offers semester-long research internships with housing and pay.
PRBO Point Reyes Bird Observatory - multiple internships, stipends available
Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Internships with herps sometimes available if you search the site.
Institute for Bird Populations Offers internships with training, housing, and a stipend.
The Wetlands Institute Salt marsh ecology, internships in chelonian biology, education, aquarist assistants

NSF REU listing

The mother lode of academic research internships, usually paid, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (research experiences for undergrads)

Wildlife Rehabilitation 

Check out our additional list of Wildlife Rehabilitation Internship Opportunities 

National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association General information on careers, explanations of the field, and useful links.
Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary Interns will receive intense rehabilitation training focusing on native wildlife.
NWRA Job Listings  Searchable, national job listings, you can choose the search criteria - an excellent resource. 
Environmental Jobs & Careers  Job and internship opportunities, but the site is very broad - not limited to wildlife.
Wildlife Internship Listing Good listing of rehab and other internships, hosted by the University of Vermont.
Whatcom Humane Society Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Interns will be involved in all aspects of wildlife rehabilitation from admission to release. These unpaid internship positions are offered each year between April 1st and October 31st. The deadline for applying is March 1, 2018.
Marine Mammal Stranding Center Volunteer opportunities for those that want marine mammal experience.
New Mexico Wildlife Center Hands-on internship assisting rehabilitation staff with all aspects of care.

State Organizations

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)

State agency for conservation, includes links to all Pennsylvania state parks. There are similar agencies in each state although the precise name and organization will vary.
State Wildlife Agencies  This page provides links to the game commissions in each state in the US and the provinces of Canada. Note that some states may have other relevant agencies in addition to the ones listed. For example, PA has the DCNR, game commission, and fish and boat commission - all with different jurisdictions.

Other Sites

Wildlife Job Postings at TAMU An outstanding site maintained at Texas A&M University. Great listings of permanent & temporary positions, internships, and other links.
NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Listing of all NSF-REU sponsored research opportunities nationally, paid research internships.

USDA Current Job Openings

USDA Student Opportunities, internships, and Scholarships

The USDA offers a number of openings related to wildlife, animal control, and animal welfare. Often overlooked.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Network for Environmental Management Studies (NNEMS), environmental fellowships
Institute for Wildlife Studies Some seasonal and full-time positions, also picked up at the Texas A&M job board.
Dolphin Research Center Unpaid internships in FL working with dolphins and/or sea lions. 
Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute BDRI

BDRI engages people worldwide in scientific projects to participate as students, volunteers in hands-on research with wild bottlenose dolphins in Sardinia, Italy.

National Audubon Society Explore the state Audubon societies as well for opportunities close to home.
Student Conservation Association Diverse conservation positions from around the country. Volunteer although some pay living expenses. Youth Conservation Corps in some states hire upperclassmen or recent grads to direct their youth corps (see state chapters of interest and make an inquiry).
Ornithological Societies of America Listings primarily on birds (of course!). Good site for summer internships and biological technician positions.
Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge This is a 90-day unpaid position (by 4 quarters/terms) allowing one to gain experience in the zoological field.
Environmental  A great resource for finding environmental internships and information on environmental science in general.
 Loop Abroad  Loop Abroad offers two-week veterinary service programs in Thailand where students work alongside a US veterinarian learning and practicing clinical skills in a dog shelter and volunteering with elephants at the world-renowned Elephant Nature Park. Small groups, experienced staff, no pre-requisites, a hands-on curriculum, and financial aid make this trip accessible to any student who loves animals.

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cholarships are available to cover the costs associated with course tuition, meals, lodging, and travel to attend AZA's professional training courses. The Scholarship Quick Facts table shows eligibility requirements for each scholarship and which scholarships can be applied to each training course.  Our scholarships are awarded on an annual basis each summer for the upcoming course year (September-May). Applications are posted mid-May with a mid-July deadline. Scholarship decisions are sent by early September.

AZA Scholarships

Open to individual members who work at an AZA facility

AZA's Professional Development Committee is pleased to offer the following full scholarships:

AZA is also offering two tuition scholarships, which cover only the cost of course registration:


AZA Scholarship Rules

Completed applications are due mid-July each year. Only one scholarship application may be submitted per individual per year. An individual cannot be awarded the same scholarship more than once. An individual is not eligible to receive any AZA scholarship more frequently than every three years. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all letters of recommendation are submitted by the due date. Applications are evaluated and recipients are chosen by the AZA Professional Development Committee, and as applicable representatives from sponsoring institutions. Recipients will be notified in early September.

All AZA applications should be emailed to

Please note: If you do not receive the award and plan to take the course anyway, the scholarship application does not represent a reserved space in an AZA course. To secure a space in a course you must submit a complete registration and pay the tuition in full. If you receive the award, your full tuition payment will be refunded.


Additional Scholarships (Central & South American Institutions)

In partnership with AZA, the Zoo Conservation Outreach Group's (ZCOG) Conservation Training Scholarship Program is also pleased to offer a number of scholarships for our international zoo, aquarium, and conservation community colleagues.

More information and applications for ZCOG scholarships are available on the ZCOG website.

Contact ZCOG at for questions about international scholarships.


AZA's professional training course scholarships are made possible by the generous support of Disney's Animal KingdomColumbus Zoo and AquariumDenver Zoo, and Zoo Conservation Outreach Group (ZCOG).

Graduate Scholarship

Funded by Georgia Aquarium, Administered by the One Health Commission

October 10, 2021 Submission Deadline


A $5,000 USD Dr. Greg Bossart Memorial Scholarship is available to a graduate student in wildlife biology, epidemiology, veterinary, medical, public health, basic or social sciences or other post-graduate program focusing on the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment using a One Health framework. Funds will be awarded in November 2021.


Greg Bossart, VMD, Ph.D. was a highly respected veterinarian, pathologist, and conservationist committed to advancing the understanding of marine mammals as sentinels of ocean and human health. With a career spanning 30 years and over 200 publications, Dr. Bossart identified resurgent and emerging diseases in dolphins, manatees, birds, and whales. His research and innovative techniques helped characterize the first viral diseases in manatees and he was responsible for developing the first immunohistochemical technique for diagnosing brevetoxicosis (red tide poisoning) in both marine mammals and birds.


Dr. Bossart was a dedicated proponent of the One Health concept and approach which was a prominent theme in his long-running Atlantic bottlenose dolphin Health and Environmental Risk Assessment (HERA) project. Started in 2003, HERA was developed to monitor how dolphin health in coastal habitats is impacted by environmental stressors and how those stressors potentially also impact human health. His contributions to the study of marine mammal health are far-reaching, and through this scholarship, Georgia Aquarium is committed to honoring Dr. Bossart's One Health legacy.


Eligibility & Requirements


  1. Applicant must be a student currently registered in a post-graduate program (toward MSc, PhD, DVM, MPH, MD, or equivalent, clinical or research degrees) and working on a project that encompasses the One Health model and/or addresses a One Health topic.
  2. Funds can be used to support research or educational costs (tuition, fieldwork supplies, analytical costs, conference travel, etc.) and should be outlined in the application materials.


How to Apply


´╗┐Interested applicants should submit (as a single pdf packet):

  1. A Project Narrative (not to exceed 1500 words) that includes: Abstract, Background / Introduction, Project Goals, Methods, Importance/Contribution, How the proposed work fits within the One Health framework, Use of funds
  2. A current CV.
  3. A letter from the graduate program that the student has been accepted into or is enrolled in demonstrating their good standing
  4. One letter of recommendation from a faculty member or clinician who is familiar with the student’s work.

Application materials should be submitted electronically by October 15, 2021 to:


Learn more about the Review Process, Recognition and Required Reporting on the

Dr. Gregory Bossart Memorial One Health Scholarship webpage.

Associations and Internships


This is a list of the top US wildlife job search resources.
Texas A & M Wildlife and Fisheries Job Board:
Conservation Job Board:
Ecology ListServ:
Association of Zoos and Aquariums:
American Fisheries Society:
National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association:
Conservation Corps: Great for early career!
University Research Labs: Discover on University/Department websites, from journal articles, or from your school contacts. Email lab re: paid or volunteer opportunities. Great for building qualifications for grad school.
USA Federal Jobs:
State Wildlife Agencies: search on agency site
Local Government / Agencies: search on agency site; also many jobs on:
Major NGOs: WWF, WCS, TNC, Conservation International, Audubon Society, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Trout Unlimited
Ecological Consulting Firms: I will comprise a separate list soon
Land Trusts:
Resource Conservation Districts:
Nature Centers:
Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers:
Zoos and Aquariums:

More Opportunties

Ecological, Zoological, Conservation, and Behavioral Internships

Internships, Seasonal and Temporary Jobs – Texas A&M – excellent site for field biology internships. See 'Browse by Type' on right side of page.

Student Conservation Organization - service through summer and spring break internships in national parks, government, conservation organizations (note, the Communications  Manager of Admissions Randall Rupp is a UC alumnus)

RIT - Internship List
- excellent and up-to-date site

Society for Conservation Biology - Jobs, Internships, Assistantships

New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

Wildlife Biology and Forestry Jobs – excellent site for internships and graduate assistantships

Ecology and Field Biology Internships – Penn State Forestry

National Science Foundation
 – Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU)

USA Jobs - Government Jobs

Federal Jobs Digest

State and Local Governments

National Science Foundation – Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU)

Conservation Biology Assistantships, Internships, and Jobs

Animal Behavior Society – Jobs, Internships, and News

Field Biology/Ornithology Internships and Jobs

Organization of Biological Field Stations – Summer jobs/internships

US Fish and Wildlife Service

National Park Service

Zoo Jobs and Internships – American Zoo and Aquarium Association

Whale Research Internships

Bald Head Island Sea Turtle Conservation Internships

Student Conservation Association – Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation

Environmental Careers Organization

Primate Jobs (studying primates; you must also be a primate!)

Mammal Jobs

Entomology Jobs, Assistantships, and Internships

Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers

Animal Rehabilitation Centers by State

Marine Biology and Oceanography Internships 
(Scroll down for internships):

General Agriculture

ADM - Alliance


American Feed Industry Association

North Carolina Cooperative Extension

Select Sires

Southern States Cooperative
Zoetis Biometrics Internship
Beef/Dairy/Small Ruminant Internships

Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) 

Certified Angus Beef 

National Cattlemen's Beef Association Government Affairs Public Policy Internship 

Silver Spur Ranches (Equine internships also)

Sitz Angus (Accepting applications for Spring and Summer 2015; Contact Jim Sitz

WH Miner Research Institute (Equine internships also)

Equine Internships 

American Horse Publications 

American Quarter Horse Association

American Paint Horse Association

Boyle Ranch
Colorado State University Equine Breeding Farm Internship

Draft Horse Management Internship

Four Sixes Ranch

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute

Kentucky Equine Management Internship (KEMI)

Kentucky Equine Research Internship

Kentucky Equine Sports Medicine and Rehibilitation Center

Lazy E Ranch

Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital

Sombrero Ranch 

Sporthorse Breeding Internship at VA Tech.

Virginia Tech - M.A.R.E. Center Summer Internship - Equestrian recruiting worldwide

Swine Internships 


National Pork Producers Council Washington Internship Program

North Carolina Pork Council

Prestage Farms

Veterinary Internships 

Carolina Forest Veterinary Internship

Department of Health and Human Services - Student Trainee

FDA - Veterinary Medicine Student Programs

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute

Peterson and Smith Equine Hospital

Zoo/Exotic/Marine Animal/Companion Internships 

Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Audobon Nature Institute

Carolina Tiger Rescue

Conservators' Center Inc.


Duke Lemur Center

Greensboro Science Center Internship 2017

Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Mote Marine Laboratory


NC Zoo