Intern Braden Snyder (2021) helps with an injured bald eagle.

We are now accepting applications for our Avian Care and Rehabilitation Internships as well as Avian Care and Education Internships for Summer 2022.

The Avian Care and Rehab internship is most appropriate for undergraduate students majoring in Pre-Veterinary Medicine or Wildlife and Fisheries Resources, although students majoring in other fields are welcome to apply. We are able to accept several summer interns. Our internships are unpaid at this time. For more information about this internship and how to apply, click here.

The Avian Care and Education internship is appropriate for students interested in animal training, husbandry of wild birds living under human care, and environmental education and interpretation. We are able to accept several summer interns. Our internships are unpaid at this time. For more information about this internship and how to apply, click here.


We host fourth-year veterinary students who are seeking experience working with wildlife. It’s also possible for externs to gain experience working with our partners at Cheat Lake Animal Hospital, a full-service 24-hour emergency and general practice hospital. Housing may be available. Please contact Dr. Jesse Fallon for more information about externships for fourth-year veterinary students.

Work Study:

The ACCA is an official Community Partner of West Virginia University; WVU students who qualify for Federal Work Study are encouraged to apply to work for us–and get paid! Once you accept your Work Study award, you can search for our job posting on Handshake (#3803393). For questions about qualifying for and accepting a Work Study award, please visit WVU’s Student Financial Services website.


We are extremely proud of each and every one of our interns, externs, and work study students. They’ve gone on to do wonderful things, and we can’t wait to see what they accomplish next. We’re delighted that they’re part of the ACCA family! These are just a few of the wonderful folks who have completed internships, externships, or work studies with us:

Dr. Walker Roberts
Walker was the ACCA’s first undergraduate student intern in 2012. She earned her DVM from the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine and her BS from West Virginia University. She is a small animal and exotic vet in Florida, where she provides veterinary care for hundreds of birds, including parrots, raptors, and corvids (and the birds at Disney World!) We are very proud of Walker, and celebrate all of her successes.


Dr. Sarah Dunaway Cerpa
Sarah was an ACCA undergraduate student intern in 2014 and a fourth-year veterinary student extern in 2019. She earned her DVM from Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and is now working in rural West Virginia, bringing exotic animal medicine to a previously small-animal only clinic. Thank you for your commitment to birds and all animals, Sarah!


Julia Fregonara
Julia Fregonara was an ACCA intern in 2016. She earned her degree in Biology from the College of Wooster and now works in Olympia, Washington as an environmental educator, connecting students to the amazing natural world around them.


McKenzie Livengood
McKenzie was an ACCA intern in 2018. She received her BS from West Virginia University and currently is a second-year veterinary student with an interest in small animal and exotic animal medicine. She is a DVM Candidate, Class of 2024, at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. We know McKenzie will make an excellent veterinarian!


Meadow Arbogast
Meadow graduated from West Virginia University in 2021 with a Wildlife and Fisheries Resources degree. She was a work study with the ACCA from 2020-2021, and is currently in Haines, Alaska, finishing an Animal Care Internship with the American Bald Eagle Foundation, where she has expanded her bird training experience. Meadow wishes to continue educating the public on birds of all kinds.

Bennett Spernak
Bennett graduated from WVU in 2021 with a BS in Wildlife & Fisheries Resources. He volunteered with the ACCA for two years, completed a summer internship with us, and then worked for the ACCA as a WVU Work Study. Bennett is interested in all aspects of managing wildlife living under human care, including bird training and designing enrichment opportunities.