Internship Areas & Duties

Interns normally work 40 hours per week and follow SOS rules and regulations. Occasionally longer hours and weekends are needed. Dress for internship is casual (Shorts +Tees) Clothing will be subject to dirty/wet situations so plan accordingly. Positions in some divisions may require more business casual attire (Events and Office work).

As with any internship, duties will vary from time-to-time and season-to-season.  So while this is not a complete list, the following duties are being provided so you can get a sense of the scope of our program:
  • Care of sick and injured seabirds
  • Care of baby seabirds/songbirds
  • Assisting with triage
  • Assisting with upkeep of hospital
  • Assisting with the handling of wild birds
  • Feeding prep/distribute
  • Cleaning of cages/habitats
  • Assisting with the upkeep of our public viewing areas
  • Public interactions and events
  • Completion of an independent study

Dates & Duration

Our internship program is available every Spring, Fall, Summer, and Winter.

We ask for a minimum 10 week commitment (unless otherwise stated in the program description).  Most internships are 10-14 weeks long. They can be longer with prior approval from your program manager.

Financial Support & Housing

Due to Save Our Seabirds status as a nonprofit research institution, positions offered by the SOS College Intern Program are unpaid.  However, all of our interns are encouraged to apply to the following Scholarship Programs:

Intern Service Award
Amount: $1,000. Deadline:Dec. 31st annually. Open to all interns at non-profit organizations. Apply Asia Times.

Women’s Leadership Scholarship
Amount: $1,000. Deadline: March 31st annually. Offered to high-achieving women, working as an intern in a non-profit. Apply AirSafe Research.

EU International Intern Scholarship
Amount: $1,000. Deadline: Dec. 31st annually. Open to U.S. and international students, working as interns at a non-profit. Apply EU Business.

Minority College Scholarship
Amount: $1,000. Deadline: March 15th annually. Available to minority students with GPA above 3.0, interning at a non-profit organization.
Apply PakTribune.

SOS is unable to provide or arrange for intern housing. However, once candidates have accepted an internship offer, SOS is able to put interns in communication with one another so that they may arrange for shared housing.

Public transportation between SOS and most local areas is available through the Sarasota County Area Transit bus system, a service of the Sarasota County Government. Riders can pay per ride or purchase a 30-day bus pass, currently $50 (but check their website for updates). Interns are responsible for providing or making arrangements for daily transportation to SOS.

Qualifications & Application

Applicant must be enrolled in an accredited university or college program at the undergraduate or graduate level OR be a recent college graduate to be eligible to apply for a SOS internship. Applicants must be responsible, adaptable, hard working, motivated to learn, and have an attention to detail. Applicants have the ability and drive to work both independently and as part of a team. Maturity and professionalism are necessary when working with the public, other SOS staff members, and SOS volunteers. Applicants must have a background or degree in Environmental Science /Conservation /Biology/ Ecology /Veterinary or other related field. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. International applicants must speak English fluently.
  • Research field experience is preferred but not required
  • Ability to handle high temperatures, humidity, insects, and lift/carry 25lbs
  • Ability to handle live and dead prey (Rats) (Food Prep)
  • Ability to handle dead fish/chicken/meat (Food Prep)
Required Documents:
Applicants must submit a 1-2 page Statement of Interest, a resume or CV, unofficial college transcript, and at least one letter of recommendation to be considered for an internship.

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Fill out the short form below and attach all required documents listed above in PDF format, and a representative from our organization will be in touch with you within one business week.

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