Greece Wildlife Conservation Internship

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Want to gain a unique career experience? Ready to travel internationally with both independence and support? Consider joining one of our incredible veterinary internships abroad!

Why Choose An Internship?

Our veterinary internships abroad offer students an amazing opportunity to pursue their love of travel while also earning valuable career experience. Compared to our study abroad programs, our internships give students more flexibility when traveling. They’re perfect for students who want to gain hands-on experience but with the freedom to travel and spend time on their own. They’re also great for those who don’t want to navigate the logistics of finding and vetting their own internship opportunity or housing abroad.

Similar to traditional internships, our veterinary internships abroad provide placement with one of our partner projects. Through this placement, you’ll have a set place to intern each day where you’ll shadow, observe, or assist as needed. These internships provide experience that can be used on a resume and some colleges and universities may even accept internship credit for them.

Please note that Loop Abroad internships are quite different from Loop Abroad programs. You will not have a Loop Abroad staff member with you each day, you do not have a Loop Abroad teaching vet, and you do not have activities and transportation scheduled and provided for you. Internships offer you the flexibility of traveling and exploring on your own with the safety and support of an in-country support coordinator, as well as a traditional shadowing internship placement at one of our partner projects. At all internships, you should expect to be on-site approximately 35-40 hours per week, Monday to Friday.

Who It’s For

On this internship, students will gain valuable experience in the environment and wildlife conservation. Students should have a firm interest in biology, veterinary medicine and different aspects of wildlife conservation. This opportunity calls for the motivation to take care of wild animals and commitment to hands-on work caring for the animals. This internship is perfect for those looking to work in any of the following fields:

  • Biologist
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Impact Assessment Specialist
  • Environmental Scientist (Policy/Planning/Law)
  • Forensic Biologist
  • Habitat Specialist
  • Herpetologist
  • Park Management
  • Ranger
  • Research Scientist
  • Veterinarian

This Wildlife Conservation internship program presents an excellent opportunity for pre-veterinarians and volunteers from diverse backgrounds to gain valuable hands-on experience in feeding, daily treatment and enclosure cleaning within a wildlife conservation organization. By participating in this program, you will have the chance to develop essential skills and broaden your understanding of various aspects of conservation work.

If you and a friend are applying together and would like to intern together and be housed together, please contact us at[email protected] to assist you.

Applicants must be 18+ and must have completed a minimum of one year of undergraduate study to apply.


The internship will encompass a diverse range of tasks focused on providing on-going medical care to various wild animals such as birds, foxes, turtles, and rabbits. When available, interns will be able to shadow the wildlife veterinarian on new cases. Other responsibilities will include cleaning and maintaining enclosures, as well as repairing or constructing new enclosures. Interns will be involved in feeding the animals and actively participating in various activities such as releasing wildlife, engaging in awareness events, and contributing to the overall maintenance of the facilities.

The team at the Axios River National Park facility in Thessaloniki, Greece consists of both professional veterinarians and dedicated volunteers who are actively engaged in international environmental conservation and educational projects throughout Europe facilitating the exchange of international expertise.


  • Caring of wild animals; birds, mammals and reptiles.
  • Daily treatment, cleaning of cages and feeding.
  • Participate in events dedicated to promoting awareness on environmental issues through the local community.

Dates and Tuition

Internships start on a Monday and end on a Friday, with airport transfer from Thessaloniki on the Sunday before the Monday start date included in the tuition fee. The duration of the internship will be at least 4 weeks and maximum of 12 weeks. 

4-weeks: $3,980

5-weeks: $4,710

6-weeks: $5,440

7-weeks: $6,170

8-weeks: $6,820

9-weeks: $7,470

10-weeks: $8,120

11-weeks: $8,770

12-weeks: $9,420

Included: Airport pick-up, housing, local English speaking coordinator, International reference letter, some weekly supermarket supplies for shared pantry

Not included: Meals, travel expenses, medical insurance, and entertainment expenses.

Housing and Meals

The accommodation provided is fully furnished, students will have either single or double beds and access to WiFi. Housing is shared with 1-5 other interns of mixed genders. The host will bring free weekly supermarket supplies as well as offer free weekend transport to Thessaloniki.

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Action For Wildlife (Drasi gia tin Agria Zoi) represents a non-governmental organization dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of wild animals, established in 2010. Their involvement in caring for wild animals spans over 25 years, starting with their participation in the Hellenic Wildlife Hospital which was founded in 1986 as the first wildlife hospital in the Balkans.

The regular activities of Action For Wildlife focus on:

  • Providing care for exhausted, sick, injured, or very young wild animals.
  • Rehabilitating animals suitable for release back into their natural habitats.
  • Raising public awareness through environmental games and presentations.
  • Active participation in events and festivals dedicated to promoting awareness on environmental issues.


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