The Alexandra Babaeva Memorial Internship
About Alexandra “Sasha” Babaeva
Alexandra “Sasha” Babaeva spent most of her time looking anywhere but the ground. For her, the world was begging for exploration. The 13 year-old Jackson Davis Elementary School Dolphin, Byrd Middle School Senator, and Pocahontas Middle School Hawk gathered knowledge through her vast life experiences, observations during her outdoor explorations, and by devouring National Geographic publications, Zoological texts, and various encyclopedias. Her deep interest in the living was invigorating; always outside with her binoculars, Sasha had a passion for and curiosity of the living world around her.
Alexandra and The Richmond Wildlife Center
Alexandra continues to help the animals she loved in the world around us. Through memorial contributions a flight pen utilized for the rehabilitation of hawks, owls, falcons, and vultures, dedicated with a memorial plaque in her honor, will assist in the physical rehabilitation of these birds so they may soar free again back in the wild. In addition, a memorial internship has been established, through special considerations, to honor her compassion for animals.
Alexandra Babaeva Memorial Internship
Through special considerations, the Alexandra Babaeva Memorial Internship will allow two adolescents per year, between the ages of 13 and 17 years old, the opportunity to explore the field of wildlife medicine and rehabilitation from within our wildlife center. These selected candidates will have the opportunity to help and heal all the wild beings Alexandra would have been ecstatic to assist in their time of need.
Each year one internship will be awarded per intern period. Currently, we have two internship periods, January 1st through June 30th and July 1st through December 31st. Only one candidate will be chosen per six month internship.
For the first internship period of January 1st through June 30th prospective candidates will be selected for interviews from applications received through the application deadline of November 15th. Interviews will be conducted during the months of November and December. At the conclusion of the interview process, in December, the final candidate will be chosen and notified by the end of December to begin service in January.
For the second internship period of July 1st through December 31st prospective candidates will be selected for interviews from applications received through the application deadline of May 15th. Interviews will be conducted during the months of May and June. At the conclusion of the interview process, in June, the final candidate will be chosen and notified by the end of June to begin service in July.
During the six month internship, interns will be under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian, licensed veterinary technician or permitted wildlife rehabilitator. Interns will have the opportunity to learn general husbandry, nutrition, natural history, laws pertaining to wildlife rehabilitation and basic veterinary and wildlife rehabilitation practices during their internship. In addition, interns will be asked to write articles about our patients to communicate our mission to supporters, attend community events, and participate in education programs.
In memory of this passionate animal-lover, apply for this very special opportunity to experience wildlife medicine and rehabilitation.