Animal Internship Essay
The internship is being completed at the Brevard Zoo. Prior to the internship, the student was already an employee of the facility. The internship combines both the student’s previous experience as an employee and new experiences as an intern. The main focus is on animal training, behavior, and learning. The activities are centered on both the human and animal interactions in the education department. The human aspects of the internship is related to the hosting and teaching of educational programs for children of varying ages. The intern is also responsible for managing staff and volunteers in the children discovery area at the facility. The internship activities strive to encompass all aspects of working in …show more content…
The internship experience has provided me with further knowledge about animal training and behavior that I have learned outside of my original employment position at the facility. The wide range of duties I am responsible for fits amazingly with my major of psychology. I have managerial positions in which I am responsible for the conduct of staff and volunteers. The information I have learned about psychology in an academia setting has been helpful in an applied setting when working with both people and animals. The experiences I have with animal training in the internship fits exactly with my concentration of animal behavior and learning. My long tern career goal is behavior modification consulting in animals in captive population. My animal training experiences has provided an excellent relationship providing knowledge about that future career.
I have completed 53.50 hours of my internship. Additionally, my internship experience has been excellent in facilitating knowledge as both a present zoological employee and in my future positions working with animals. This statement relates to my goals because I want to learn more about animal training outside of my current employment position at the site and feel this has been achieved via the internship experience. I have had more hands-on time training animals and because of this have more information on my future career as a behavior consultant for animals in zoological parks.
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