A marine mammal trainer with an unhealthy obsession with cheese takes you into the realm of her mind and experiences with sea mammals, random autobiographical nonsense, and poor attempts at wisdom.
I work at a small, privately-owned facility. I’ve worked at three others previous to that, and have worked at show, interactive, and rescue/rehab facilities.
It’s a catch 22, seriously. The more internships you have does not equate to more animal experience. So just keep applying and honing your interview skills. Sometimes the questions about training experience has more to do with how well you interview, your technical knowledge of training (like terminology and hypotheticals) than it does your actual experience…because they are going to teach you their methods of training anyway. They won’t just let you come in and start working with the animals.
Oh yes….just remember they are probably either saying that because 1) they care about you and think they’re protecting you from being disappointed if you don’t make it or 2) they are jealous that you’re pursuing a dream. Either way, their opinions don’t affect whether or not you get the job :) So keep moving forward!