A way to get to know raptor care is finding a place to volunteer with birds. At least, that's how I've gotten most of my experience. I don't have time to be apprenticed now, but working with the birds has gotten me some bird time and knowledge of how to hold birds on my fist, perch them, spot injuries, check for health, etc. It also helps to know how much care they need; these birds are a 24/7 job and require a lot of time.

Just google raptor sanctuaries in your area; I've looked around at a few college towns I'm thinking of attending and without fail have found one to continue my work. There's bound to be something nearby.