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Zoo Miami

Animal Science Administrative Internship

Zoo Miami’s Animal Science Administrative internship is designed for college students and recent graduates who desire a career in the zoological field.  This internship will help aspiring professionals acquire experience with a wide variety of administrative tasks in order to accomplish back-of-house needs. In addition to assisting with ongoing data entry projects at Zoo Miami, students will complete an independent project. Students will formulate a project to improve an area of zoo to create efficiencies.  It is our goal to offer a dynamic internship to individuals who have chosen a career in animal aspects of animal care in the zoological world.

Description: The internship at Zoo Miami is designed for college students or recent graduates interested in the inner-workings of the zoo. This internship is unpaid. Interns must commit to a maximum of 384 hours over a 16-week period (including but not limited to weekends and holidays). Depending on intern progress and performance, the opportunity to extend the internship period an additional 16-weeks may be granted.  

At the beginning of the internship, intern must write up a one page project proposal to the Animal Science Intern Coordinator for approval. At the conclusion of the internship, intern must submit the finalized proposal (including introduction, methods, results, and discussion) and present their findings in a discussion with Intern Coordinator.


  • Administrative tasks to include data entry
  • Develop independent project
  • Write up & present findings from independent project
  • Participate in seminars and lectures on animal care, animal welfare, biology, conservation, and training


  • At least 18 years old
  • Currently enrolled in college or recent college graduate
  • Provide cover letter and resume
  • Provide professional and/or academic references
  • Able to afford housing, food, and transportation to Zoo Miami
  • Good communication skills both written and verbal
  • Able to lift at least 50 lbs and be in good physical condition
  • Provide a current negative TB test prior to internship start date
  • Must submit to background check and fingerprint screening at designated Miami-Dade county facility

 Preference will be given to applicants who have experience with administrative tasks. Strong preference will be given to applicants who have majored in Animal Science, Animal Behavior, Biology, Zoology or related fields.

 Although this internship will better equip individuals for a job in the zoo field, this internship does not guarantee employment with Zoo Miami or Miami-Dade County. 

 All applicants will be notified upon receipt of all materials. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.  Selected applicants will be contacted by the coordinator of their acceptance and notified by Human Resources for further processing. 

Further Comments

Zoo Miami is the largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida, and the only tropical zoo in the continental United States. Today, Zoo Miami occupies almost 750 acres (340 developed), and is home to approximately 3,000 animals representing nearly 500 different species. We are proud to be active in many global wildlife and environmental conservation initiatives and are currently involved in over 36 projects taking place on six continents. We are experiencing an exciting time of advancement that will focus on five strategic priorities: Animal Well Being, Conservation and Stewardship, Guest Experience, Financial Strength, and Performance Excellence.



How to Apply

Interested applicants should visit for a detailed listing of opportunities.

Zoo Miami
12400 SW 152nd Street
Miami, FL 33177
Phone: 305-251-0400
Fax: 305-378-6381

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