Niabi Zoo offers many exciting internship opportunities in a variety of fields.
Niabi Zoo is a unique environment where interns can participate in hands-on activities and gain valuable experience in a zoo setting.
You must be at least 18 years old.
You must be enrolled in a two or four year college or university.
You must maintain at least an overall average of “C.”
You must submit a written proposal stating your goals for the internship.
A supervising professor must approve and participate in your internship if you will be receiving credit.
The following items must be returned in order to be considered for an internship.
Copy of Transcripts
Proposal for internship
A letter of reference from an advisor or professor
Niabi Zoological Society
12908 Niabi Zoo Road
Coal Valley, IL 61240
Conservation Education is a non paid internship opportunity under the supervision of the educational director. This intern will have the opportunity to help develop conservation curriculum and teach various Zoo classes/camps to children between the ages of 2 and 14. They will research and plan lessons/activities and then produce the required lesson materials. In addition, this intern will work directly with school field trip groups by providing short programs to enhance the educational aspect of their trip to the Zoo. The hours are flexible, as required by the class schedule, and will include some Saturdays.
Marketing and Public Relations
Development and Fundraising
Development and Fundraising is a non paid internship. Under supervision of marketing staff, interns will assist in researching available grant and fundraising opportunities, assist in grant writing, planning, coordination and implementation of fundraising projects.
Event and Corporate Sponsors
Event and Corporate Sponsors is a non paid internship. Under supervision of marketing staff, interns will assist in seeking event sponsors that will provide monetary donations, product donations, or free demonstrations for events. Interns will also establish corporate sponsor relationships, and will assist in writing sponsor proposals. This intern may attend sponsor and media meetings.
Membership and A.D.O.P.T. Program Development
Membership and Program Development is a non paid internship. Under supervision of marketing staff, interns will assist in analyzing data on the Niabi Zoological Society membership and the A.D.O.P.T. program, in order to establish the distribution of current members. Niabi Zoo staff may use the analysis to increase members and create new programs. The intern will support the data analysis by researching various membership and A.D.O.P.T. programs from other organizations.
Public Relations is a non paid internship. Under supervision of marketing staff, interns will prepare press releases, propose feature ideas to local media, submit newsletter articles, update Niabi Zoo’s web site, promote Zoo programs, and assist in expanding the Zoo’s regional public relations. Interns will also keep current with local and regional activities, and their effects on the Zoo.
Recreation, Park, and Tourism Administration
Event Coordination is a non paid internship. Under supervision of education staff, interns will have the opportunity to assist in the planning, coordination, and implementation of events held at Niabi Zoo, as well as events that the Zoo is involved in off Zoo grounds. The intern will also assist in the writing of commercials for events. Niabi Zoo events encourage visitors to enjoy the recreational value of the Zoo, as well as appreciate the Zoo as an educational resource.
The Safari Sleepover is a fun and educational overnight family event. Under supervision of education staff, interns will be trained to present a guided zoo tour, education program with live animals, and prepare a campfire dinner and breakfast. Interns are responsible for the campers during this program, under the supervision of Zoo staff. This internship opportunity involves guest services, education, conservation, and public speaking.
Animal Behavior: Environmental Enrichment
Environmental Enrichment is a non paid internship. Niabi Zoo’s environmental enrichment program creates activities for the animals that encourage natural behaviors or activity. This may be a toy, activity, or treat. Under supervision of Zoo staff, the intern will research, create, and implement an animal enrichment project. When developing an enrichment project, the animal species, as well as the animal behavior must be carefully researched and monitored.
Animal Husbandry is a non paid internship. Under supervision of Zoo staff, the intern will assist zookeepers in cleaning, feeding and care of animals at Niabi Zoo. The intern will develop an understanding of animal behaviors, care, and diets of a variety of types of animals.
Conservation is a non paid internship. Under supervision of Zoo staff, the intern will research current conservation trends related to animals, plants, zoos, or other approved topics, and write a report and give a presentation at the Kohler Education Center at Niabi Zoo. Their report will become part of the Kohler Education Resource library.
Horticulture is a non paid internship. Under supervision of Zoo staff, the intern will research flora that is native to a specific Niabi Zoo animal's habitat and create a labeled garden plot for display on Zoo grounds. The intern will press each plant species, and these samples will become part of the Niabi Zoo herbarium collection.