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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 a wide range of experience in animal care, welfare 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.

Conservation Internship

This internship offers a wide range of experience in environmental and conservation education. Working with Niabi Zoo’s Curator of Conservation & Education as well as Zoo Educators, interns have the opportunity to further develop skills in public speaking and interaction while engaging a diverse audience for a variety of education programs, on-grounds interpretation, and can get involved in a conservation education project.

Horticulture Internship

This internship offers 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, and may be involved in native habitat restoration projects.

Application Procedure

College/University students and graduates who wish to apply for an internship can apply via the online application form below and upload the following documents to provide a complete application packet.

  • Complete Intern Application below and submit with:
  • 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 providers of letters of recommendation would rather send them directly, they can be emailed to Joel Vanderbush, Curator of Conservation & Education at

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

  • Form Part 1

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Working Conditions

  • Upload documents (as noted above)

  • These should be a .pdf of the actual letter, not a placeholder.
  • These should be a .pdf of the actual letter, not a placeholder.
  • These should be a .pdf or .jpg of the actual transcript, not a placeholder. An on-line copy of the transcript is acceptable.
  • Requirements Prior to Service

  • All candidates are required to consent a national Criminal History check and will need to provide your Social Security Number during the interview process. All records are kept confidential.

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

    All Interns must provide proof of a negative TB (Tuberculosis) Test (available at your family doctor or medical clinic) dated within the last 6 months.