Volunteer and Internship OpportunitiesVolunteer and Internship Opportunities

Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

The Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute at Lees-McRae College is dependent on committed, enthusiastic volunteers and interns. You can assist in a variety of ways, from cage cleaning and animal care to helping educate school children. Each volunteer plays an important part in environmental stewardship and caring for our native animals.

Volunteer Program

Individuals and community groups may volunteer at the Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute at Lees-McRae College and assist students and faculty with an array of activities, including animal care, facility management, and public relations.

Internship Program

The Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute at Lees-McRae College offers summer clinical experience to Lees-McRae students interested in Wildlife Rehabilitation. The two course sequence begins in May and ends in late July and may be taken for up to 12 semester hours of credit.

Student interns get hands on experience working with a diverse group of birds and small mammals (mostly birds). At the Institute everyone works as a team. Interns rotate through the various positions that support the daily operations of a rehabilitation center, including facility management, animal care and educational activities.

What you can expect to learn

  • Exam and Diagnosis
  • Fluid Therapy
  • Tube Feeding
  • Wildlife and Animal Restraint
  • Orphan Care
  • Treatment of Illnesses and Injuries
  • Drug Calculations
  • How to give Injections
  • Assist in Surgeries
  • Captive Animal Care and Handling
  • Diets and Feeding
  • Working with Volunteers
  • Lab Work
  • Zoonoses
  • Euthanasia
  • Ethical Issues
  • Networking Techniques
  • Record Keeping
  • How to do Educational Presentations
  • The Natural History of Wildlife
  • Animal Anatomy
  • Housing, Equipment and Disinfecting

The Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute at Lees-McRae College requires that all Interns take the Wildlife Rehabilitation class. During the internship, students develop new skills that are assessed by the faculty and prepare a written report about their experience that is evaluated by the students’ Internship Advisor upon completion.


A Rabies Pre-exposure Immunization Series is highly recommended but not required.