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Conservation Science--Endocrinology Lab Internship

Organization: Chicago Zoological Society-Brookfield Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Brookfield, Illinois, United States
Job or Internship: Internship

Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, is currently accepting applications for our College Experiential Learning Opportunities (CELO) program.

Please visit the following site for specific details on applying and contact with any other questions you may have: (

Chicago Zoological Society is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer - M/F/V/D

Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply and to identify themselves.

Title Conservation Science Intern (unpaid)

Learning Objectives

Interns will learn the processes used by researchers in the area of

specialization. These internships are designed for individuals interested in

research careers in the areas of emphasis or related areas. In particular,

students that plan to pursue graduate degrees in any of the areas below may

find the internship to be a valuable experience.


Endocrinology: Intern works with the endocrine lab manager and will

receive guidance from the behavioral endocrinologist on the techniques

needed to complete a small independent research project at the Zoo either

focused on a specific aspect of wildlife endocrinology or integrating both

behavioral studies and endocrinology. Intern will have an opportunity for

hands-on learning of all aspects of non-invasive hormone analyses (primarily

fecal hormone analyses). Some previous relevant lab experience, as well as

undergraduate coursework in physiology and biochemistry is preferred.

Intern will present the results of his/her findings at a mini-symposium held at

Brookfield Zoo.


· Minimum two years college at an accredited institution; G.P.A. 2.5/4.0,

majoring in biology, ecology, endocrinology, animal science, or other

directly relevant field. Minimum 18 years of age. Specific coursework

preferred depending on the work performed and area assigned.

· Completion of a reflective journal or project required as part of


· Strong interpersonal and communications skills.

· Good computer skills.

· Good organizational skills.

· Must be able to commit to 12 weeks; approximately 40 hours/week.