Learn Outside the Classroom


Internships offer students an opportunity to gain professional experience in the diverse array of career options open to graduates interested in animal behavior, animal welfare, wildlife conservation, and behavioral ecology. They also provide participating institutions with an eager, responsible worker who is anxious to learn and willing to work hard.

The program regularly sponsors internships at

  • The Buffalo Zoo
  • The Aquarium of Niagara
  • Erie County SPCA
  • Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge
  • Numerous other animal-related institutions, both nationally and internationally

Interested students may contact Susan Margulis, PhD, at Applications for internships can be obtained in the ABEC Office in Health Science Center.

Canisius Ambassadors for Conservation

It is the motto of the Canisius Ambassadors for Conservation (CAC) that if we all work together, we really can make the world a better place. And it is the goal of the CAC program to instill that attitude in the next generation of citizens that are coming along behind us. The CAC program tries to inspire an approach that involves a positive attitude—that it is absolutely worthwhile to engage in pro-conservation efforts. Learn more about Canisius Ambassadors for Conversation.

Locations of past CAC studies have included:

  • Monterey Marine Reserve in California
  • Pacific Rim National Park in British Columbia,
  • Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica
  • Kadulla National Park in Sri Lanka
  • Camp Leakey in Indonesia
  • Gombe National Park in Tanzania

The Canisius College Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relationships (ISHAR)

Canisius College affirms its strong commitment to the advancement of ethical thought as it pertains to mankind’s relationship with nature and the other species with which we share the planet.  The Canisius College Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relationships (ISHAR) is at the forefront of Human-Animal Studies, engaging Canisius students and members of our community in dialogs on pressing issues. Learn more about ISHAR.

ISHAR functions include:

  • Coordinating synergy among the graduate level Master’s Program in Anthrozoology, the undergraduate Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation major, and three undergraduate minors (Anthrozoology, Animal Behavior, and Zoo Biology).
  • Interdisciplinary coordination among the college’s animal-related programs and our Philosophy and Religious Studies programs.
  • An Anthrozoology Speaker Series.
  • Biannual Anthrozoology symposia.
  • Advocacy of animal welfare and conservation via:
    • The Canisius Ambassadors for Conservation
    • The Canisius Zoological Society
    • Volunteers and Interns