Organization: Smithsonian Institution's National Zoological Park
Location: Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
Job or Internship: Internship
Internships at the National ZooOrganization: National Zoological ParkLocation: Washington, DC and Front Royal, VAJob or Internship: InternshipsThe Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoological Park is accepting applications for a variety of internships including those related to animal care, conservation, media, advancement (fundraising), exhibits and more. This is an opportunity to work at various venues within the National Zoological Park and at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute located in Front Royal, VA. Interns working in areas related to animal care gain experience on a variety of animal species. Under close supervision they assist zookeepers with daily feeding, cleaning, diet preparation, behavioral observations and other various programs. Selected intern’s may provide formal and informal interpretive educational programs for visitors and potentially develop an educational or research project to complete during their internship.Interns may assist with field ecology projects on wild animal populations through vegetation sampling and monitoring, animal capture and marking. They may become involved in projects studying the ecology of Neotropical migrant birds and white-tailed deer, or they may take a global approach by conducing habitat analyses of world-wide ecosystems using remote sensing and GIS technologies. In addition to field-based ecological studies, interns may study the subtle complexities of animals interacting within their environment utilizing cutting-edge genetics or nutrition laboratories. Interns may work on such diverse projects as identifying the nutritional needs of wild populations of endangered species like the North American desert tortoise, or mapping the genetic phylogeny of Papua New Guinea’s pitohui (poison-feathered birds). Internships in reproductive sciences include research in specific areas such as gamete biology and endocrinology. Interns assist staff in ongoing reproductive studies of endangered species, and receive training in research techniques and sample collection.As a Communication Intern the student will help with research, write, edit and design copy for the Zoo’s press kits and news releases. As a Videographer Intern the student will be filming and editing video for use in news media and web sites Go online to http://nationalzoo.si.edu/UndergradInternships/default.cfm to view internship opportunities. Follow the instructions and fill out an online application. You will need to submit a letter outlining why you are interested in the program, a resume detailing your experience and educational background, a copy of your transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable) and 2 letters of recommendation. Only complete application submissions will be considered. The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity employer.