Summer Internships (PAID) - Education - Collegiate Conservation Program

Organization: Houston Zoo, Inc. (AZA Member)
Location: Houston, Tx, Country
Job or Internship: Internship

Apply now for an internship with the Houston Zoo Collegiate Conservation Program sponsored by ExxonMobil. Ten interns will be selected to train, learn, and work for 8 weeks at the Houston Zoo, and at regional conservation partner locations, from May 13, 2013 – July 5, 2013. Interns will receive a $1,500 stipend at the conclusion of the internship. The stipends are sponsored by a generous donation from ExxonMobil.

Houston Zoo Collegiate Conservation Program internships are designed for college sophomores, juniors, or seniors who are interested in a participatory, team-based summer internship opportunity that focuses on field conservation science techniques, education program development and culminates in proposing a regional conservation education project.

Program participants will learn career skills and field techniques deeply routed in the sciences. These activities will include participating in local environmental projects, on grounds interpretation and public communication skills, and education program development.

Previous local environmental project participation included building a retention wall, repairing foot paths, tagging birds and removing predator pens amongst other labor intensive duties. Supplementing these activities will be lectures in conservation project development, environmental policy, grant writing, curricular development, and issues facing regional and international wildlife and wild places.


The Houston Zoo Collegiate Conservation Program interns will work with and report to Houston Zoo Education Specialists.


• Each intern must be a currently enrolled, full-time, undergraduate student who will be returning to college as a full-time sophomore, junior, or senior student for at least the fall semester after the internship. Full-time enrollment is defined as 12 or more credits in one semester. Before the internship can begin, the student must provide the Houston Zoo with written enrollment verification from the college confirming the student’s enrollment status. Student ID cards and/or phone calls are not sufficient documentation. Official enrollment verification must come from a university’s registrar office. As a helpful tip, this documentation is the same paperwork that auto insurance companies require to confirm student driver enrollment.

• Must be seeking a degree in education, conservation, environmental science, biology, or similar degree.

• Must be available May 13, 2013 – July 5, 2013 with flexible hours. General schedule of 40 hours per week, worked primarily Monday – Friday, 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM; some evenings or overnights required.

• Housing and transportation to and from the Houston Zoo will be the responsibility of the intern.

• Family members of board or staff at Houston Zoo or ExxonMobil are not eligible to be hired as interns of this program.


• This position requires interns to work in all weather conditions including heat, humidity, rain, cold and dust.


We are currently accepting applications until March 31, 2013. Internships will begin on May 12th and run to August 25th.

To submit an application, please visit our website at Applicant must also submit a resume, cover letter and letter of recommendation.

For further information and inquiries, please contact Nhi Tran at 713-533-6558 or via email at