Internship Opportunities

Intern positions offer a wide array of valuable professional experiences not available through classwork alone. Internships can be part time, or full time. Internships  last a minimum of 12 weeks, and may be eligible for college credit.

Animal Care Internship

This internship offers college students a wide range of experience in animal care and behavior. Working with Niabi Zookeepers, Animal Care Interns will provide basic animal husbandry including feeding, cleaning, enrichment, and record keeping for select species within the Zoo collection.

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Conservation Internship

This internship offers college students a wide range of experience in environmental and conservation education. Working with Niabi Zoo’s Curator of Conservation and Education as well as the Zoo Educators, interns have the opportunity to develop or further skills in public speaking and interaction while engaging a diverse audience for a variety of education programs. Download the complete program description below.

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Horticulture Internship

This internship offers college students a wide range of experience in horticulture. Interns will receive experience in maintaining plant beds (ornamental, native, pollinator garden, etc.), weeding, identifying and labeling plant/tree species on grounds, removal of invasive species, etc. Download the complete program description below.

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Application Procedure

College/University students and graduates who wish to apply for an internship can apply via the online application form below or send information via email, mail or fax. When submitting, please make sure to include the following information in your application packet:

  • Intern Application [Apply online below or click to download]
  • Cover letter that addresses the following:
    • Why you are interested in an internship
    • Where you heard about the intern program
    • What you would like to gain from an internship
    • Highlights of your most applicable experience
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Copy of your current grade transcript

If mailing, please send all materials as a single packet to:

Niabi Zoo Intern Program
Attn: Curator of Conservation and Education
13010 Niabi Zoo Road
Coal Valley, IL 61240


Click here to email scanned copies or fax to (309) 799-5761.

Application Deadlines

Application packets may not be considered if received after the following dates for an internship during that time frame. Typically, applications are considered three months prior to the deadline. Offers may be made to candidates before the deadline. Please, do not wait until the deadline to send in your materials. The deadline is the last chance cutoff date.

Summer Session (May-August) — April 7
Fall Session (September-December) — August 26
Winter/Spring Session (January-April) —December 10

  • Online Intern Application Form

  • Working Conditions

  • Upload documents (as noted above)

  • Drop files here or
  • Requirements Prior to Service

  • All Interns are required to submit to a Limited Criminal History check and therefore your Social Security Number is required for consideration. All records are kept confidential.

    All Interns must provide a copy of valid identification (Driver’s License, State issued ID, Military ID, etc.).

    Proof of a negative TB (Tuberculosis) Test (available at your family doctor or medical clinic) dated within the last 6 months.