Summer Education Internship

Organization: Brandywine Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Wilmington, Delaware, United States
Job or Internship: Internship

The Brandywine Zoo

Education Department Intern (unpaid)

Close Encounters Summer 2013

The Brandywine Zoo * 1001 North Park Drive * Wilmington, DE 19802

Brandywine Zoo is seeking a dynamic and engaging person to join our education team this summer! We are searching for a dedicated candidate to fill our Close Encounters Internship. This is a 4-5 days a week position working 9:30am-4:30pm. This person will serve as an onsite Educator and work in the Education Department of the Brandywine Zoo.

The role of the Close Encounters Intern is to lead informal and formal education opportunities onsite at the zoo during the summer and will also be expected to assist with planning and implementing special events. We’re looking for an individual with great people skills (especially with children!), a self-starter, able to work as part of a team and independently, energetic, positive, creative, sense of humor, and has a passion for the environment! Zoo Educators are expected to be fun, safe, conscientious, and a committed leader who gets along well with others. Willingness to go through animal handling training and to handle reptiles and invertebrates is required.


Close Encounters Interns should ideally be available May through September, but flexibility will be given with May and September. The hours will be approximately 28-35 hours per week with some flexibility given.


□ Must be 18 years or older

□ Must be registered at a two or four year college or university, or a recent graduate

□ Must be able to work on the weekends

□ Overall GPA must be 2.5 or higher

□ Proof of Negative TB Test

□ Good physical condition

Please note: This is an unpaid internship. We cannot provide housing.


Program and event analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation; administration duties; some marketing of programs; working with, leading, and training volunteers and high school interns.

To Apply:

1. Send current resume listing relevant experience. Please indicate what type of internship you are applying for: Close Encounters Internship.

2. Send cover letter that includes the following:

a. Start date and end date (please be as specific as possible)

b. Days of week available, hours available on those days

c. Why you want to work in the Brandywine Zoo’s Education Dept.

d. What you can bring to our zoo

e. What you hope to get out of this internship

3. Send resume and cover letter to or fax to 302-577-7480.