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Veterinary Student Externship – Summer 2020

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 726097BR Location Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States Business Walt Disney World Resort Date posted Dec. 06, 2019

Job Summary:

Veterinary Student Externship – Summer 2020
Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

Be a part of a transformative team and culture…

The Disney Animal Health Team is offering a three month summer student externship program for veterinary students interested in a career in zoological medicine. During this time as an intern, you will be integrated into the Disney Animal Health Team, within Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment line of business.

Responsibilities:

Primary Responsibilities:
  • As a member of the Animal Health Team, the student will gain experience and knowledge as it relates to zoological medicine.
  • A primary goal of the externship is for the student to work on a large-scale pre-determined project, under the mentorship of zoological veterinarians.
  • The nature of the project will vary from year to year, but will be identified as a critical initiative that will benefit the health and welfare of animals in Disney’s care, and beyond.
  • The student will play a pivotal role in this project, and there is an opportunity for authorship on a research manuscript.
  • In addition, students will have opportunities to shadow clinical veterinarians, the veterinary pathology team, veterinary technicians, hospital zookeepers, medical record staff, and various animal husbandry teams.

Basic Qualifications:

What You Bring to the Role:
  • Students will need to show proof of a negative TB test, current protective Rabies titer (both need to be within six months of participation), and Hepatitis B vaccination.
  • Must have enthusiasm for zoological medicine and a strong desire to participate in a research-oriented project.

Preferred Qualifications:

The Intern’s preferred qualifications include:


  • Experience in a research facility
  • Minimum three months of experience, work or volunteer, in a zoological facility

Required Education

Required Education:
  • Must be currently enrolled in an AVMA-accredited veterinary school and must carry a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA, in good academic standing.
  • Must be entering your sophomore, junior, or senior year of veterinary education. Although 4th year veterinary students may be considered, the externship is not designed to act as a clinical rotation for senior vet students.

Additional Information:

Required Materials:

  • A cover letter describing why you are interested in participating in this externship
  • A current Resume
  • Current transcript highlighting enrollment and GPA
  • 2 Letters of recommendation from individuals (faculty/mentor/leader) who are familiar with your work style and career goals
To upload these documents:


  • Log into your Dashboard
  • Click the second tab "Attachments"
  • Select "Submitted Applications"
  • Click on the title of the position for which you would like to attach the transcript/cover letter/resume/etc.
  • Click the "Add Files" button
  • Under what you want to add, select "Transcript"/or type of document you are attaching
  • Be sure your document is titled appropriately with your name and type of document in this format: First Name_Last Name_Transcript
Internship Eligibility:
• Must be enrolled in an accredited college/university taking at least one class in the s
semester/quarter (spring/fall) prior to participation in the internship program OR must have graduated from a college/university within 6 months OR currently participating in a Disney College Program or Disney Professional Internship
• Must be at least 18 years of age
• Must not have completed one year of continual employment on a Disney internship or program.
• Must possess unrestricted work authorization
• Must provide full work availability
• Must provide own transportation to/from work
• Current Active Disney cast members must meet Professional Internship transfer guidelines (for
Walt Disney World cast members this is no more than four points and one reprimand in the last six months; for Disneyland cast members this is six months of consecutive service and a performance record clear of any disciplinary issues (warnings, suspensions, etc.) for at least six months)

Program Length
: The approximate dates of this internship are May 2020 – August 2020. Interns must be fully available for the duration of the internship.

Housing: A limited amount of company-sponsored housing is available on a first-come, first-serve basis




About Walt Disney World Resort:

Since opening in 1971, Walt Disney World Resort has played an important role in many childhood and family memories. Today, hundreds of millions of guests from around the globe visit this magical place to enjoy a Disney vacation. Through a combination of creativity, innovation and technology, the resort immerses guests in classic Disney tales and new kinds of family entertainment. Drawing from a rich heritage of storytelling, Walt Disney World Resort cast members bring Disney magic to life through unmatched attention to detail and superior guest service.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc., which is part of a business segment we call Walt Disney World Resort.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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