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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, or an enrolled graduate student.
  • 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 tbenham@beardsleyzoo.org 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.  These internships have been filled.  Please check back in January for application details for summer 2019.