ABEC Internships

A student with penguins at the aquarium

Internships provide diverse opportunities to gain real-world experience as an industry professional for students interested in animal behavior, training & welfare, conservation, husbandry, humane education and anthrozoology. 

The program regularly sponsors internships at zoos and aquariums, animal shelters and rescues, wildlife rehabilitation centers, wildlife refuges, and dog training and daycare facilities. Recent locations include:

  • Aquarium of Niagara 
  • Messinger Woods
  • SPCA Serving Erie County
  • International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC)
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • Rosamond Gifford Zoo
  • Myaka Lemur Center
  • Buffalo Zoo
  • National Aviary
  • Cape Anne Whale Watch
  • Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge
  • Zoo Miami
  • New England Aquarium
  • Humane Animal Rescue, Pittsburgh
  • Field Work in: Madagascar, South Africa, and Bali

Students can complete up to two internships for course credit by enrolling in ABEC 491 and ABEC 492. Students interested in this option should contact the internship coordinator, Dr. Maura Tyrrell. Applications for internships can be obtained in the ABEC Office (Health Sciences Building, room 201).