Wildlife, Conservation, and Veterinary Medicine Internships in Australia
Each UC Davis Summer Abroad Internship program pairs UC Davis Study Abroad with a partner organization that manages the personalized internship placements; arranges accommodations and excursions; leads onsite orientations and optional social events; and provides 24/7 emergency support. As part of the placement process for Summer Internships, participants will first enroll through UC Davis Study Abroad and then complete a supplemental application for the partner organization associated with their particular Summer Internship program.
Although Study Abroad partners with outside organizations for some aspects of Summer Abroad Internships, the official provider for these programs is UC Davis Study Abroad, and course credit is issued by UC Davis.
Internship Placement Process
After you enroll through UC Davis Study Abroad in this summer internship program, you will receive instructions to complete the Loop Abroad online enrollment and submit the required supplemental documents, which include:
- Brief essay detailing you skills, experience and career goals related to the internship (less than 1 page)
Although these items are not due until after you are enrolled in the program, we recommend that you start preparing the supplemental documents at the same time you are completing the UC Davis Study Abroad online enrollment.
While in Australia, you will participate in a full-time internship, spending approximately two weeks each at the Walkabout Wildlife Park (or similar) and a zoo near Sydney. All participants should be comfortable working with animals and getting dirty.
Walkabout Wildlife Park: This portion of the program will include a veterinary course in nature, including labs and veterinary lectures and hands-on teaching from Loop Abroad vets. You can expect to work 50 hours per week.
Zoo: The zoo internship will not be with the veterinary team, but will be working directly with zookeepers while earning 40 animal experience hours per week. You may be involved in a field-based conservation project or assisting keepers with their normal daily animal care.
Groups will include 8-12 students and the order of the rotations will vary.
Note: Students will earn both veterinary and animal experience hours on this program. During the zoo weeks, you will earn 40 animal experience hours per week as you will not be working with a veterinarian. More details on the breakdown of hours will be provided soon.
Resume and Cover Letter Resources
We strongly recommend that all students meet with an advisor at the UC Davis Internship and Career Center or the Career Center on their home campus to have their resume and cover letter reviewed prior to submitting these documents to Loop Abroad. The ICC provides many online resources, such as resume, cover letter, and letter of recommendation examples.
Information about UC Davis’ partner for the program
For the Wildlife, Conservation and Veterinary Science in Australia Summer Internship program, UC Davis Study abroad partners with Loop Abroad, a student travel organization whose mission is to provide the best hands-on study abroad for students pursuing careers working with animals.
Students participating in UC Davis Study Abroad Internships are eligible to receive Transcript Notation (TN). Transcript notation documents your academically approved internship on your official UC Davis transcript. By having your experience noted, it provides proof of where and when you participated in an internship. This is especially valuable for international internships that may be difficult for a prospective employer or program to contact.
Transcript Notation is a process you’ll start within the first two weeks of your internship placement through Handshake, the tool UC Davis Internship and Career Center uses to connect students and employers.