Canisius College Internship Program, Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation (ABEC): Overview



Internships offer students an opportunity to gain professional experience in the diverse array of career options open to graduates interested in animal behavior, animal welfare, wildlife conservation, and behavioral ecology. They also provide participating institutions with an eager, responsible worker who is anxious to learn and willing to work hard. Our goal in establishing these internships is to provide such opportunities to our students. We recognize that overseeing student interns is not trivial. We aim to make this a positive experience both for the intern, and the on-site supervisor. We hope that by setting out clear guidelines, we can accomplish this.

 Goals and Responsibilities

 For the intern:

         Gain experience in one area of animal behavior, husbandry, training, or research.

         Complete 140 hours of on-site work at the host institution (specific schedule to be determined).

         Acquire basic skills necessary to succeed in the specified field.

         Learn responsibility in the context of a real-world work experience.

         Perform all tasks assigned in a safe manner. Follow instructions as provided by supervisor.

         Complete all assignments in a timely manner. Always be on time for scheduled work assignments.

         Meet regularly with on-site supervisor and Campus supervisor.

 For the host institution:

         Gain 140 hours of assistance from a dedicated, responsible Canisius student.

         Provide guidance and training in all aspects of work.

         Ensure that adequate safety training has been provided for all tasks.

         Continue to offer new experiences and learning opportunities throughout the semester.

         Provide regular input to intern on progress.

         Provide or delegate direct supervision of intern.

         Meet periodically with intern and Campus supervisor.

 For the campus supervisor:

         Ensure that intern is performing assigned tasks by frequent communication with intern and host institution.

         Ascertain that safety guidelines are adhered to.

         Provide regular feedback to intern on progress.

         Address any problems that arise in a timely manner.

         Meet periodically with intern and on-site supervisor via scheduled site-visits.

         Provide timely feedback on written assignments throughout the semester.

Schedule and timeline:

Interns are expected to provide 140 hours of work time (approximately 10 hours/week) at their host institution. If an intern fails to show up as scheduled, please notify the Canisius supervisor immediately. Unexpected events do sometimes arise, and interns are asked to contact their host institution at least 24 hours in advance (where possible) if they are unable to attend as scheduled. Any missed time must be rescheduled. Interns are expected to begin their internship no later than the second week of the semester, and complete their internship no later than the final week of the semester.


Assignments and grading:

Interns will write three short papers and one final paper during their internship. The list of topics is attached. In addition, they are expected to maintain an electronic journal with an entry for each day of their internship.  Finally, interns are requested to arrange for some photographs to be taken during the course of the internship, while carrying out some interesting part of their duties.   

The final grade will be based on the following:

  • 10% based on attendance
  • 35% based upon direct supervisorís evaluation
  • 5% based upon department headís evaluation 
  • 15% based on three short papers 
  • 10% based on final paper and reflection
  • 15% based upon Dr Margulisí evaluation of daily journal entries 
  • 10% based upon Dr Margulisí overall evaluation of professionalism and performance 










Contact Info: Susan Margulis, PhD, Canisius College , 2001 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14208