Akron Zoo

Two Internships


Tiger Valley

These unpaid internships will consist of a 20-30 hour a week commitment. Internships will be available during the Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Specific days are flexible. Successful candidates will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors in college majoring in biology, zoology, education, or a related field. They will have an interest in conservation, education, and programming with live animals. A valid Ohio driver's license is also required. This position will consist of presenting programs using live animals, program development, animal enrichment, and general tasks in the education department. Contact the Education Department at the Akron Zoo for more information: 500 Edgewood Ave. Akron, OH 44307 Phone: 330.375.2800 ext. 1088


Bronx Zoo Bronx Zoo Internships Printable Internship Application(Bronx Zoo) The Education Department offers spring, summer, and fall internships to qualified college students, recent graduates or graduate students for fall and spring terms. Summer applicants should be outstanding 3rd and 4th year undergraduates. Minority students are encouraged to apply! Candidates should possess a strong background in one or more of these areas: Environmental Education Natural History Zoology Ecology Biology Spring and fall interns team teach in our school programs for elementary school children. Summer interns work in the Zoo's camp programs or with the Girls for Planet Earth Summit (Click here to learn more about the Girls for Planet Earth Summit Internship). Experience in teaching is highly desirable. Interest in widlife and the ability to relate to children are essential. Spring and fall interns must be able to work approximately 20 hours a week (mornings) for approximately 18 weeks. Summer interns must be able to work 30-35 hours a week for approximately 10 weeks. Please submit resume, a completed application, and a letter of interest to: Ilyssa Gillman Education Department Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Park Bronx, NY 10460 Fax: 718-365-3300 NO CALLS PLEASE!

In the letter of interest, specify whether you are applying for fall, spring or summer intern. Send the materials at least two months prior to the start of the season for which you wish to apply. Spring internships run from mid February to early June. Fall internships run from late September to early February. Summer internships run from mid June to early September. Click here for printable spring, summer or fall internship application form.


Indianapolis Zoo

Indianapolis Zoo Intern Opportunities

Animal Care

Available year-round. Interns assist in various aspects of maintaining the animal collection including exhibit maintenance, diet preparation and delivery, as well as behavioral enrichment. The work is challenging, dirty, and often unglamorous, but can be highly rewarding. It offers the personal satisfaction of helping to provide healthy conditions for the animals along with the opportunity to learn the husbandry techniques of a world-class zoo. Animal Care Interns should be prepared to work in all weather conditions and must be extremely dependable. Positions are available in the following areas: Encounters, Deserts, Forests, Marine Mammals, Plains, Waters, and Veterinary Hospital. (Human Resources) Veterinary Externship/Preceptorship

Available year-round. The student will observe and assist the veterinarians with clinical cases, treatments, immobilizations, surgeries, necropsies, and medical record keeping. The student will be required to complete and present a project during the internship. This is for enrolled Vet students only. (Human Resources) Veterinary Technician

Available year round. Student will perform the duties of a veterinary technician under the direction and supervision of the staff veterinary technicians. Duties include assisting in all aspects of animal diagnostics and treatments, in-house lab work, hospital maintenance, and record keeping. This is for enrolled Vet Tech students only. (Human Resources) For further information, contact the IZS Volunteer Office at (317) 630-2041 or volunteer@indyzoo.com


Oregon Zoo

Internships at the Zoo

It’s a jungle out there... Why not prepare for it with an internship at the zoo? The zoo has internships in many professional fields. Most internships are unpaid, but we’ll give you a great deal of responsibility and make sure you learn a lot. Plus, you’ll get to hang out with the animals for a term. Can corporate America top that? Check out the list of internships below for details.

College Students & Adults

Animal Behavior Animal Care Conservation and Research Veterinary Preceptorship


San Diego Zoo Zoo InternQuest is a program that provides high school students interested in pursuing careers in the life sciences (biology, zoology, human or veterinary medicine, wildlife management, botany, etc.) with the opportunity to learn from Zoo experts. Students in this program will learn about such subjects as conservation, pathology, genetics, veterinary medicine, animal behavior, reproductive physiology, ecology, and more. They will also have the opportunity to visit behind-the-scenes areas at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park, and meet researchers, veterinary staff, animal care managers/keepers, and trainers. Though each term is different, students will visit a wide variety of people and locations. Zoo InternQuest participants also receive all the necessary training to create Web pages that include journals of their experiences, illustrated with digital or scanned photos. They also communicate with Virtual Interns throughout the world on the online forum.

The Zoo InternQuest will offer two terms for the 2003-2004 school year:

Fall term: September 23 through November 6, 2003 Winter term: February 3 through March 18, 2004 Each Zoo InternQuest term consists of a week of orientation and training before meetings with Zoo experts over the rest of the term. Schedules are subject to change. A graduation is held at the Zoo at the end of each term. Each student who successfully completes the program will receive a copy of their Web site, a certificate of completion, and a $100 scholarship.

InternQuest Obligations

The group will meet at the San Diego Zoo or Wild Animal Park three days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday) from 2:30 to 5 p.m. over approximately seven weeks. Some sessions may require an earlier meeting time. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the San Diego Zoo. Wednesdays and Thursdays are spent with Zoo experts, and Tuesdays are dedicated to creating the Web pages in the Zoo's Computer Lab. Journals will be written either on home computers or in the Zoo's Education Computer Lab on the intern's own time. Web pages will be completed in the lab during the Tuesday meeting. Please note the scheduled dates for each semester. Each intern will be responsible for attending all meetings on time. Interns create online journals about their experiences in the Zoo's Education Computer Lab.


• Candidates must be in grade 11 or 12 attending San Diego County schools during the InternQuest school year. • Students must have a 3.0 (B) grade point average or better. • Students must demonstrate a commitment to conservation or the environment. • Two letters of recommendation are required: one from a science instructor, and a second from a teacher, career counselor, school administrator, or other adult who can recommend the applicant for this program. • Applicants must submit an essay describing an interest in a zoo-related career or field. The essay will be critiqued for writing skills.


Students interested in Zoo InternQuest must complete the Application Form and submit it with all required information and references. Applications for the Fall 2003 and Winter 2004 terms will be accepted in April 2003. Selected candidates will be interviewed by Zoo staff. Students displaying a sincere interest in science and/or education careers and demonstrating good writing skills will be the strongest candidates for final selection. Applications may reopen in the fall for any remaining openings in the winter or spring terms. Watch the Web site for details.


The Baltimore Zoo

The Baltimore Zoo offers internships year-round for students who meet the program's requirements. Gain valuable experience while establishing contacts and furthering your career goals. Interns work in the following areas - Animal Care, Aviculture, Education, Graphic Design, Group Sales, Herpetology, Horticulture, Mammals, Management/Administration, Marketing, Public Relations, Special Events, Veterinary Care and Volunteer Management. Druid Hill Park Baltimore, MD 21217 To inquire about internships, please contact the Volunteer Department, 410-396-7623.


Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Aquarium Intern/Volunteer Program PO Box 39 Royal Oak, Michigan 48068-0039 USA


The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Education Department - Intern Program P.O. Box 198073 Cincinnati, OH 45219-8073 PHONE: (513) 559-7768 FAX: (513) 559-7776 HOW TO APPLY: Send cover letter (including why you are interested in an internship at the Cincinnati Zoo, where you heard about the intern program, what intern opportunities interest you - if animal care specify 2 areas of preference, and what you would like to gain from an internship), resume, letter of recommendation, and application form.


Brookfeild Zoo Brookfield Internships All Intern Program applicants must meet the following minimum requirements: *Completion of 2 years of college *Overall grade point average of 2.5 (out of 4.0) *Be willing to commit to a minimum six-week term (five days a week, 40 hours per week) *Have a sincere interest in the particular field where the intern desires placement *Submit a properly completed application packet including: a Brookfield Zoo Intern application form, a cover letter detailing the applicant's career intentions, current resume, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. Internship application packet Application due dates are as follows: *Summer Term (May thru August) Due date: February 1 *Fall Term (September thru December) Due date: August 1 *Winter Term (January thru March) Due date: December 1 Contact for Zookeeper Internships Brookfeild Zoo Zookeeper Intership Program 3300 Golf Road Bookfield, IL 60513 Phone: (708) 485-2063 Ext. 449 Fax: (708) 485-3140 E-mail: zookeeper_internships@brookfieldzoo.org Contact for all other Internships Ms. Sandi Dornhecker Director of Human Resources Brookfield Zoo 3300 Golf Road Bookfield, IL 60513 Phone: (708) 485-2063 Ext. 334 Fax: (708) 485-0986 E-mail: Sadornhe@Brookfieldzoo.org


lincoln park zoo

Animal Management

Interns in the Animal Management Department gain firsthand experience in basic animal husbandry. Interns must be able to commit to work 40 hours per week for 10 to 12 weeks and conform to an animal keeper’s schedule of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All positions require weekend hours.

Conservation & Science

The research internship program based in the Department of Conservation and Science focuses on training young scientists to conduct independent research projects that are relevant to the management and conservation of small captive populations.


A full application consists of: