Spring 2019 Interns

At Chintimini Wildlife Center

Learn more about our internship program and what past interns have said about their experiences.
 

Wildlife Care Interns, Spring 2019


Johanna Selover-Stephan

Johanna Selover-Stephan


Johanna is from Portland, Oregon and is currently a sophomore studying Zoology at Oregon State University. Johanna decided to intern at Chintimini Wildlife Center to expand her knowledge and skills of wildlife rehabilitation and animal care, as well as to gain experience and insight for the future. Johanna plans to work in the animal field, most likely concerning wildlife after graduation.
 
 
Kyle Smith

Kyle Smith


Kyle is originally from Silverton, Oregon, but has lived in the small town of Falls City, Oregon since 2015. He's a current full-time student at Oregon State University working on his undergraduate degree in Zoology. In the future, Kyle would like to study wildlife for local state agencies like ODFW. He started volunteering in February 2019, and applied for a spring intern position soon after. He currently works two shifts as an intern and one shift as a volunteer. He will continue with his internship position throughout the summer.
 
 
Trisha White

Trisha White


Trisha is a second year Zoology student with a minor in Environmental Sciences at Oregon State University. She is very excited to be an intern at Chintimini Wildlife Center and to hopes to gain experience in husbandry at our facility. Her goal is to work in animal husbandry at an AZA zoo, sanctuary, or rehabilitation center.
 
 
Patricia Gonzalez Cruz

Patricia Gonzalez Cruz


Patricia is a first-generation college student at Oregon State University and will be graduating in June with a Bachelor's in Science. During her time at OSU she has been part of both the Sheep Club and Undergraduate Research. Patricia hopes to pursue a career in veterinary medicine and believes the internship with Chintimini Wildlife Center will provide her with the opportunity and ability to gain new skills and increase her knowledge.
 
 
Abbey Tweten

Abbey Tweten


Abbey is a first-year student at Oregon State University with a major in Zoology and a minor in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences. She aspires to become a wildlife biologist and is committed to the idea of continuing her education. Abbey is an animal-lover and decided to intern with Chintimini where she could learn more about how to handle wildlife. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and playing the violin.
 
 
Emma Matz

Emma Matz


Emma is originally from Tacoma, Washington and grew up on the Puget Sound, which sparked her interest in wildlife and wildlife care. This passion led her to Oregon State University where she majors in Biology with a focus on pre-veterinary medicine. Being an intern at Chintimini has allowed her to gain experience in wildlife husbandry and rehabilitation and she looks forward to seeing what else she will gain from this experience.
 
 
Katelyn Schrum

Katelyn Schrum


Katelyn is currently a junior at Oregon State University studying Animal Science with a Pre-Veterinary Medicine Option and a minor in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences. She hopes to become a veterinarian and use her degree to work with wildlife and zoological animals for rehabilitation and conservation. She is from Southern California and came to Oregon because she loves the weather and the beautiful scenery. She is a member of Sigma Delta Omega and works closely with the College of Agriculture at OSU as a member of their Agricultural Executive Council. Her favorite part of working at Chintimini is working closely with the staff and other interns and bonding over their mutual love for wildlife and conservation!
 
 
Shanti Coleman

Shanti Coleman


Shanti is a 3rd year OSU student studying Biology with an option in pre-veterinary medicine. Originally from Virginia, Shanti enjoys road trips, hiking, or even just spending time outside. Shanti started interning at Chintimini in April and has been overjoyed to get to spend so much time caring for a wide range of wildlife species. Shanti plans on attending veterinary school after graduation and hopes to work with exotic animals like zoo animals or even wildlife! A snake owner and reptile lover, Shanti has also been excited to further expand her learning about wildlife medicine during her time at Chintimini and is passionate to explore the exciting possibilities of conservation veterinary work.
 
 
Rachel Mayes

Rachel Mayes


Rachel is currently a third year student at Oregon State University. She is majoring in Biology, with a minor in Chemistry and an option in pre-veterinary medicine. Rachel is very excited to get to broaden her animal experiences here at Chintimini and has been enjoying her time thus far. Rachel decided to intern at Chintimini because she had no prior wildlife experience and wanted to see what it was like. She has learned so much in the short time she has been with Chintimini, and loves it so much she will be staying on for the summer term. Rachel will be graduating next year and hopes her experiences at Chintimini will help in her future as a veterinarian and perhaps influence her to work with wildlife in her future career.
 
 
Emilee Reeder

Emilee Reeder


Emilee is from Clackamas, Oregon and has been attending Oregon State University since 2014. She is currently finishing out her bachelor of science degree with a major in Zoology and minor in Chemistry and will be graduating in June of 2019. She has had previous experience with being a carnivore keeper for 2 years working with tigers, lions, leopards, servals, lynx and much more. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching Netflix, baking and hanging out with her cat, Gerald, and her boyfriend. Emilee is completing her second term as a Wildlife Care Intern at CWC and is excited to continue learning at the Center!
 
 
Desiree Cochran

Desirée Cochran


Desirée is earning her bachelor of science degree in Animal Science & Spanish with a pre-vet track at OSU. She is completing a year-long Wildlife Care Internship with Chintimini Wildlife Center and continues to volunteer her time in our clinic as well. In her downtime, she loves to travel, ride horses, and practice aikido.
 
 
Ashlee Sabiers

Ashlee Sabiers


Ashlee grew up in Arizona and moved to Oregon to finish her bachelor's degree in Biology at Oregon State University. She has enjoyed discovering everything Oregon has to offer - especially its wildlife! She started out as a volunteer and is now completing a year-long internship with CWC. She will be applying to Oregon State University to pursue her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and hopes to continue to volunteer at Chintimini Wildlife Center after her internship comes to an end. When she's not at Chintimini she enjoys going on road trips to discover new places, working on a cross stitch project, baking something yummy and spending time with her two cats.
 
 

Birds of Prey Intern, Spring/Summer 2019


Christine


Christine grew up in Oregon and has always had a passion for animals and the outdoors. She recently graduated from OSU with a BS in Natural Resource Education, and hopes to use her degree to help others form meaningful connections with nature. Her favorite part about the Raptor Education Internship has been getting hands-on experience working with raptors. Discovering how fascinating yet misunderstood they are has helped fuel her interest in wildlife education.
 
 
Learn more about our internship program and what past interns have said about their experiences.