Interviews have begun and we are no longer accepting intern applications for the 2020 season – thank you to everyone who applied! Please check back in January for the 2021 season.

Apply for our Summer Internship Program

Download and complete the application form below, then email the completed form with your resume to

In 2019, the Bird Center of Washtenaw County admitted over 1,100 songbirds. We help injured or abandoned birds, and we take over 2,500 phone calls a season. Our mission is to rehabilitate and release as many birds as possible. We educate the public on how to help songbirds in a variety of ways. We also provide emergency care for waterfowl species. Interns will be supervised by senior staff and clinic manager Andrea Aiuto. The Bird Center works under both Michigan DNR and U.S. Fish and Wildlife permits for rehabilitation of migratory birds.

For more information, call 734.761.9640 and leave a message or e-mail Applications with resumes can also be sent to that email address. Previous animal experience desired, but not necessary.

  • Part-time and full-time internships are available, but also require a commitment.
  • Because the Center is busiest during summer hours, we ask that you have minimal requests off. 
  • Shifts for interns are from 7 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. Interns work one shift per day and alternate am/pm shifts.
  • Weekends are required, but rotated.
  • We operate seven days a week.
  • We are open on holidays (Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day).
  • For health and safety reasons, interns must be in good health, not pregnant, and at least 18 years of age.
  • Must be able to bend, lift, and be on your feet for a period of time.
Interns check the vent on a domestic pigeon to determine its gender.

Duties of Interns

  • Feeding baby and adult songbirds of many different species.
  • Teaching fledglings to self-feed on natural food items (this includes tweezing live mealworms and crickets).
  • Cleaning of bird enclosures.
  • Cleaning the Center.
  • Administering medications and other treatments to injured birds.
  • Answering telephone calls from the public in a professional manner (we will train you).
  • Accepting birds from the public and obtaining the legally required information by doing intake protocols.
  • Learning our computer program by entering rescue and injury information into national wildlife rehabilitation database.
  • Possibly going out on rescue missions.
  • Possibly taking birds to veterinarian appointments.
  • Possibly taking birds to be humanly euthanized by our veterinarian.

What You Will Learn

  • Bird anatomy.
  • Proper housing and diets for various species and how to feed them.
  • Signs of illness in birds, starvation, head injuries, etc.
  • How to check for possible fractures.
  • How to measure and administer medications.
  • How to weigh and handle birds.

All interns will receive a Bird Center Manual and scrubs prior to the internship.