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2017 Internship Program Funding

Get in the holiday spirit with a donation to the 2017 Internship program. Since its inception, the Internship program has exploded in popularity. The program not only supports the NABC’s core mission of advancing the long-term survival of black bears, but offers hands-on experience to top-achieving college students. Interns learn bear care and bear behavior as well as research and presentation skills. In 2017 our goal is to fund eight interns at a stipend of $1200 each. Help us make this goal a reality! We thank you and our future interns thank you too.

Here's what our 2016 Interns had to say about their experience.

“My summer at the North American Bear Center was the most fascinating and rewarding experience I have ever had! I learned more than I ever could in a classroom and had so much fun doing so! I grew as a scientist, an educator, and a person. Black bears are truly remarkable creatures that have been horribly mislabeled; the wonderful resident bears showed me that every day. I am so thankful to have been given this opportunity!”
Kara, Minneapolis

“This internship is both rewarding and challenging. From the first day I arrived I was preparing bears’ meals, caring for our indoor animals, educating visitors, and learning a mass amount of information on black bear behavior. It is true that the more you put into something, the more you get out of it. This experience has granted me knowledge, skills, friends, and passion. If someone is looking for an internship that allows them to learn and thrive in animal husbandry and wildlife education, the North American Bear Center is definitely the place to be.”
Haley, Iowa

“My summer at the North American Bear Center was amazing – I made lifelong friends, gained many new skills and grew in self-confidence. However, for me, my favorite part of this internship was getting to work in close contact with the bears every day. I quickly learnt each bear’s individual personality, and it was very rewarding to see them respond to me as they learnt to trust me. This was a very worthwhile internship which I would recommend to anyone, as working to dispel the many misconceptions which surround these gentle creatures is incredibly important.”
Eva, United Kingdom

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