Interning at the Zoo

Thank you for your interest in the Zoo’s intern program! Following is some general information about the program:

  • Internships are available in Animal Care, Education Programming, Conservation, and Horticultural Departments.
  • Animal Care interns assist in all aspects of basic care: cleaning, feeding, enrichment, observation of the Zoo’s animal collection.
  • Education Programming interns assist with animal handling, education programming, events and public interaction.
  • Horticultural interns assist staff in the Greenhouse, gardens and exhibitory areas.
  • Conservation interns assist with the zoo’s conservation local efforts under the auspice of the Education Department.
  • You must be at least 18 years old, an enrolled college student, a graduate student, or a recent graduate (having graduated within two years.)
  • Prospective interns should expect an application and interview. Prospective interns must also successfully pass a shadow day to be considered for the program.
  • Applicants accepted into the program will be given an orientation by the Volunteer Coordinator and further training by staff members.
  • Applicants must be able to stand for extended periods of time, sit, kneel, bend, walk, twist, reach above head, stoop, crawl, pull, climb stairs/ladders, run, lift 50 pounds and work outdoors in adverse weather conditions.
  • Internships are available throughout the year.
  • Internships are unpaid; however, you may work out credit options with your college.
  • The Zoo does not provide housing; however, there may be rental opportunities in the area.
  • The fall & spring semester programs are not competitive. You are required to give one full day a week for a semester. To apply for the fall & spring semesters, you must contact the Volunteer Department at 203-330-6046 or at least two months before the semester.
  • The summer program is competitive. For the summer, you are required to contribute four days a week for 10 weeks. To apply for the summer semester, please see below.
  • Internships are also available in Administration, Marketing & Special Events. Contact Volunteer Office for more information.

The goal of the Zoo’s intern program is for undergraduate students, graduate students and recent college graduates to engage in experiences at the Zoo that will enhance their educational and professional experiences towards a Zoo-related career. Interns will assist in forwarding the mission of the Zoo in the community. While the Zoo’s staff does appreciate all that the interns contribute to the Zoo, the purpose of the program is for the interns’ personal enhancement.

How To Apply

Thanks for your interest in our summer 2018 internships. Please click here to view the summer application.

Please include the following with your application:

  • Current resume
  • Transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
  • One-page essay on why you would like to do the program
  • Two written personal references

If you are applying to more than one position, please fill out and mail in a separate application in a separate envelope. Mail the completed application(s) to the following address post-marked February 1st and note “Intern Application” in the corner of the envelope:

Tracy Benham – Volunteer Coordinator
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo
1875 Noble Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06610

The internship will be for 10 weeks this summer. It is a four day a week commitment; however, you should have seven days a week available for scheduling.   The start and end dates are flexible. This is a competitive process.

Students accepted for the interview and shadow day will be notified by early March in time for spring break.  (Early applicants may be invited to shadow during winter break or any available weekend.) Students accepted as interns will be notified by April.