my internship experience

Nicole Morin '11, a Biology major and Chemistry minor from Belmont, N.H., spent nearly four months as an intern rehabilitator with York Center for Wildlife in Cape Neddick, Maine, a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation center that works to treat, rehabilitate and release sick or injured wildlife. Morin completed a previous internship at the Lake Sunapee Protective Association's Water Quality Laboratory and has worked with a local veterinarian past summers. Morin is vice president of the Biology Club, a member of Alpha Chi, has competed on the equestrian team and is part of the Wesson Honors Program.

Why did you choose this internship?

I chose this internship to get more exposure to wildlife medicine before applying to veterinary school. I applied in January of 2010 and interviewed at the center soon after.

What skills are required for this internship and what were your responsibilities?

The internship required a patient person with experience handling animals. My responsibilities were to follow the lead of the staff members at the center in administering medical attention, and seeing to the basic care of the animals in outcare. I also worked with the public, taking admissions and consulting with them over the phone on how to best handle wildlife situations.

Did your coursework and studies prepare you for this experience?

All of my biology courses played a big role in my success at my internship, but the course I most benefitted from was Animal Behavior with Professor Linas Kalvatis. Because I knew a lot about each species' natural behavior I was able to handle and care for them in a way that limited their stress. I learned a great deal about wildlife medicine during my internship, but perhaps the most valuable skill I learned is how to handle the various species safely.

What has this experience taught you about yourself and your field of study?

This experience confirmed for me that although it is difficult make a career out of wildlife medicine it will always be a part of my life and future veterinary practice.

Please share one or two of your most memorable experiences from your internship.

Perhaps my most memorable patient at the Center for Wildlife was a black bat that got himself tangled in a woman's cactus after accidentally flying into her home. We were able to successfully dislodge him from the plant and remove all the needles. He was released just a few days later!

Does this internship confirm or alter your career plans?

This internship has confirmed my career plans and has prompted me to apply myself even more aggressively to my Tufts Veterinary School Application.

Is Colby-Sawyer's requirement of completing an internship beneficial?

I think the required internship is extremely valuable and really helps a student gain perspective about what they want after college.