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

Student Internships

The Penn Vet Working Dog Center is excited to offer internships for college students seeking academic credit within the guidelines of their academic institution. 

Limited high school internships are available.

Internships are in 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.

2019 Summer Interns – Application open.

New online application available! Application process is managed through our partners at Capable Canine. 

Apply now!

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 (OCSA). 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 selected intern will be immersed in ovarian cancer detection research and gain hands on experience with our scent detection canines. There is a focus on study execution, data acquisition, data analysis and writing.



  • 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
  • Strong writing experience preferred

How to Apply

Application Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2019

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

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.
  • Interested? Please complete the Penn Vet Externship application...

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 organizations on campus to provide opportunities for Veterans wishing to continue to serve at home.