Invaluable Interns

Kaitee, a Hampshire College student, helps clean the rabbit pen.

Kaitee, a Hampshire College student, helps clean the rabbit pen.

Internships and volunteer positions have a dear place in my heart. They are a valuable way to gain experience, test out your interest in a particular field, and serve a worthwhile organization and the larger community. They are also a great way to get your foot in the door for future employment. In more than one instance, I was later hired by the group I interned or volunteered for.

As the school year comes to an end, I find myself saying goodbye to two of the three wonderful interns that have spent the last eight months with Teaching Creatures. Since October, they have helped clean cages, prepare diets, change water, feed and care for over 30 animals that make up the Teaching Creatures education collection.

 

Kal handles "Peach." a Stimson's python

Kal handles “Peach.” a Stimson’s python

They have handled snakes and lizards, rabbits and hedgehogs, roaches and hermit crabs. They have also assisted with programs at museums, schools and senior centers across the Pioneer Valley. Each has brought different strengths and interests to their work, and I have had a great time getting to know them all, and teaching them more about the ins and outs of working and educating with living creatures.

 

Jade gets "Norbert", a bearded dragon, used to being held.

Jade gets “Norbert”, a bearded dragon, used to being held.

Their help has been a great asset to the daily operation of Teaching Creatures and I look forward to seeing where their passion for animals takes them in the years to come.

 

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