Interships, Externships & Fellowships

Agility Training at the Working Dog Center

We offer a variety of options to become more deeply involved with the Working Dog Center, including internships, externships, apprenticeships, fellowships, and veteran fellowships.

Working Dog Center

High School & College Student Internships

The Penn Vet Working Dog Center is excited to offer internships without credit to high school and college students as well as to those seeking academic credit within the guidelines of your academic institution. 

Internships are available in, but not exclusive to, the areas of veterinary medicine, dog training, behavioral science, non-profit management, criminal justice, database management, bioinformatics, and statistical analysis. An emphasis on research is integral to each of these areas.

Our internship program is designed for students with a serious interest in working dogs to gain practical experience while helping the Penn Vet Working Dog Center achieve our mission of developing a detection dog breeding/training program that will implement, test, and disseminate the knowledge gained.

Duties can be tailored to fit into different educational majors as much as practically possible such as non-profit management, digital media, marketing, fundraising, etc.

2018 Summer Interns – Application due 3/1/18

Intersession Interns – rolling admission available for fall and spring; accepting applications now.

How to Apply



Ovarian Cancer Detection Veterinary Student Internship

This summer research internship at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center is funded by the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization. This is a paid summer internship for a first- or second-year veterinary student who is interested in learning more about medical detection and the role of detection dogs.

  • The internship will run from the middle of May to the middle of August.
  • Interns will be responsible for data entry and analysis, project planning, and assisting in the day to day aspects of performing the study.
  • The selected student will also be the liaison for the OCSA Ovarian Cancer Walk working directly with local event organizers.

Criteria

  • First- or second-year veterinary student
  • Comprehensive understanding of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center’s medical detection program and ovarian detection research
  • Attention to detail and ability to work well with others are essential
  • Dog handling experience is helpful but not necessary

How to Apply

Applicants will be required to provide the following:

  • Cover letter which should include your understanding of our program and describe the value your experience and knowledge will bring to our research and training program
  • Resume
  • One letter of reference (minimum)

All applications will be reviewed by our research and training team and finalists will be invited for an interview. Please submit your application to berkej@upenn.edu.



Veterinary Student Externship

  • The Externship rotation for veterinary students is Monday thru Friday. We are open from 7 am to 7 pm so students can plan on spending between 8 and 10 hours a day at the Center.
  • All aspects of working dog medicine including nutrition, behavior, training, dentistry, sports medicine, conditioning, disaster response, reproduction, emergency first aid, preventive medicine and genetics will be addressed.
  • There is both research and practical component to this externship.
  • Students in their clinical year are welcome to apply for a two-to-four-week rotation at the center. We accept summer interns as well. Housing is not provided. No stipend is provided.

Requirements and Information

  • Students must provide a letter indicating current vet school enrollment, have an adequate rabies titer, health insurance and liability insurance.
  • The WDC does not provide housing and we do not handle visas.
  • We accept students only from AVMA accredited schools.

How to Apply



Veteran Fellowship

We appreciate the men and women who have served our country and recognize the special contributions that American soldiers make to the future generation of working dogs being training at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center.

We have partnered with The Mission Continues to provide fellowship opportunities for post 9/11 Veterans wishing to continue to serve at home.