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About Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

Located in central Pennsylvania, the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary has promoted the conservation of raptors through educational programs and field research since 1934. Raptors are migratory birds of prey and include hawks, falcons and eagles. They are at the top of the food chain and considered important indicators of the overall health of an ecosystem. The Hawk Mountain Sanctuary provides a haven for these birds and allows over 60,000 visitors a year to learn about them through educational programs and wildlife watching. The organization employs 19 full-time staff members.

The Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Internship Program allows students with an interest in conservation an opportunity to gain valuable field experience. Hawk Mountain interns contribute in several different ways to the Sanctuary, depending on interest and level of education. Some manage data and conduct research; others develop a more individualized program based on their academic needs. All interns, regardless of focus, help present public education programs, learn basic research and monitoring techniques, analyze data and work on both group and individual projects. Students work closely with a senior staff member who serves as a mentor for the duration of the internship. In addition, they have many opportunities to meet visiting scientists and network with professionals in the business.


Open to college juniors and seniors, recent graduates and grad students. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. Applicants must speak fluent English, have a strong passion for birds of prey and a serious interest in a career in conservation. International applicants are welcome.

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

Keith Bildstein
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
410 Summer Valley Road
Orwigsburg, PA 17961
Phone: (570) 943-3411


Number of Interns: 10 to 20
Compensation/Benefits: Paid
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students


Philadelphia, PA