“ SFS was a great program to be in because I was able to learn about culture, wildlife, governmental policies, and conservation in a way that was different than any other”
The most exciting part of my study abroad was getting to be so close to the wildlife and learn about their grouping patterns, habitats, and foraging habits.
The most important skill that I learned was how to complete accurate research and use the information obtained to produce a viable document that provides an insight into how things work.
SFS was a great program to be in because I was able to learn about culture, wildlife, governmental policies, and conservation in a way that was different than any other. We were out in the field talking to people collecting data and getting a hands on experience.
I heard about the internship from an e-mail that Barry Delks sent out in the ANSC newsletter. It sounded like a great opportunity so I investigated Peaceful Pasture's website. All of the information entailing the internship is posted on their website as to how to apply. They accept spring, fall and summer interns. Once an application is sent in, an all day working interview at the farm will take place. They will give you a pretty good idea of what kind of work you will be doing in the interview, like digging a fence post and doing the daily chores. In order to obtain an internship with Peaceful Pastures monitor their website for employment opportunities. They are looking for students who not only take an interest in learning about animals and aren't afraid of hard work. I will give you one word of advice, if you don't like herding animals up and down large hills then this internship is not for you. I am going to have some killer legs when this summer is over.
My best advice is to start early researching the company that you want to work with and know what their company is all about.
I applied through the study abroad office and then through SFS specifically online.
To apply, check out the website for the application. (http://www.studyabroad.purdue.edu/)
“ICAN helped show me that I am a leader and that there are many opportunities to lead every day.”
At ICAN I went through furlough training classes, visited correctional facility where the ICAN dogs are trained, observed a team training and furloughed a dog. The furlough training taught me the basics of ICAN's training techniques and enabled me to take their dogs on "furloughs" which are like field trips away from the prison to ensure the dog is fully trained. Team training is where the families and individuals receiving dogs visited the Indiana Women's Prison and were taught by the inmates how to work with their assistance dog. The most exciting aspect was being able to watch women who were considered not good enough for society and had become inmates train canines in such a way that would change the lives of others. I really enjoyed working with the dogs one on one. The inmates would show me how they taught commands and then I would be able ask the dog to perform on command. The most important skill I am learning is leadership. ICAN helped show me that I am a leader and that there are many opportunities to lead every day.
ICAN visited a job fair and I was so excited about what they do that I gave them a resume and asked for an internship. They saw my excitement and quickly made an appointment with me to create an internship and determine what I would do with them that summer. Don't just stop at an internship. I built off of that opportunity and I now volunteer often with ICAN and I have now become the president of the Purdue ICAN Club that focuses on fundraising to help ICAN. Find an internship that you are excited about. If there isn't an internship in something you're interested in, find a company that you are excited about and come up with a bunch of ideas to propose to them. If you really want the opportunity, the organization or company will see it and want to create it for you.
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"It felt satisfying knowing that we were making a difference in the animal’s lives by giving back, since the majority of the patients taken in were as a direct result of improper human intervention"
As an intern at the Wildcat Creek Wildlife Center, I was responsible for maintaining the safety and well-being of all the animals admitted. Because the rehabilitation center caters to all types of injured and orphaned wildlife native to Indiana, I was fortunate enough to work with a variety of species, most of which required specialized methods of care. In addition, a large part of the center’s mission is education and often, we would work with the community to advocate preventative strategies to reduce the incidence of wildlife-related conflicts and emergencies. Some of the daily tasks included monitoring the progress of patients, administering medications, formulating and preparing specialized diets, cleaning enclosures, answering phone calls and offering advice pertaining to wildlife, admitting and assessing new patients, teaching, responding to emergency situations, as well as communicating and working closely and effectively with other interns and volunteers.
Working with such a broad variety of wild animals has taught me that one can never be too careful. The proper precautions must always be taken to ensure that there are no hidden escape routes or possible health hazards to the animal or yourself. Also, working through “baby season” has taught me to manage time effectively and utilize the assistance of others in order to accomplish bottle-feeding regimens and other daily tasks within a specific time limit. However, even though the feedings are run on a tight schedule, it is important to observe and make note of any changes, no matter how minute they may seem. Especially with babies, any sudden change in behavior is critical to their survival and when this occurs, one must act immediately.
I really enjoyed watching the progress of the patients and knowing that our hard work was improving their health. Most of all, it felt satisfying knowing that we were making a difference in the animal’s lives by giving back, since the majority of the patients taken in were as a direct result of improper human intervention. Also, I really valued the direct hands-on experience working with all forms of wildlife including white-tailed deer, opossums, raccoons, raptors, songbirds, and a variety of other mammals and reptiles. Many of the animals I had never seen in person and, having the opportunity to work with them up close gave me a new sense of admiration and respect for them.
I was referred to this internship by an advisor at the Center for Career Opportunities. After looking at my resume, she suggested that I contact the director for volunteering/internship opportunities based on my career goals.
If interested in interning or volunteering, further information regarding the Wildcat Creek Wildlife Center can be found on this website: http://www.wildcatwildlifecenter.org/index.html
"If you don't like getting your hands dirty and being in the action then this internship is not for you. My hands are definitely going to have some cool stories when this internship is over."
The most exciting part of my job is handling the exotic animals. There is a complete process on how to do this which includes reading and interpreting an animals signs and knowing the animals comfort zone so as to minimize physical and mental stress as well as actually knowing how to grab the animal from its area and hold it. The feeling of holding an exotic animal in your bare hands, feeling its body and heartbeat, is just priceless.
The most important skill that I have learned is paying attention to detail. This is used throughout all of the internship. This is very important when handling and training the exotic animals and the canines so that you can pick up on subtle signs that the animal is presenting so as to adjust your techniques and methods to minimize stress and maximize your experience as well as the animals.
Besides working at the Dog Daycare and Training center you will also have the opportunity to work with several exotic animals. You will be able to prepare their diet, clean their area and handle them so you can present them to the public in outreach programs designed to create awareness about the animals, their needs and their environment.
I would recommend this internship to anyone who is interested in animals in general. Whether it is animal medicine, behavior or husbandry, this internship will meet and surpass anyone's expectations. In my case, I had decided that I would dedicate myself to small animal veterinary medicine; this internship has broadened my horizon and has made me think about alternatives for my future career.
I heard about the internship by going to a spring career fair at Purdue University.
All of the information entailing the internship is posted on their website as to how to apply.
They accept spring(Jan-Apr), fall(Sep-Dec) and summer(May-Aug) interns. They are looking for students who not only take an interest in learning about animals but also how to take care of them and preserve them.
To apply, check out the website for the application. (http://www.animalia.us)