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Zoo Miami

Animal Well-Being Internship

Zoo Miami’s Animal Well-being internship is designed for college students and recent graduates who desire a career in animal well-being/behavioral research and wish to gain hands on experience in a zoological setting. This internship will help aspiring animal professionals acquire research experience with a wide variety of species. In addition to assisting with ongoing research projects at Zoo Miami, students will complete an independent research project. Students will formulate a research question, complete a literature review, and design an ethogram and data sheets for behavioral observations. It is our goal to offer a dynamic internship to individuals who have chosen a career in animal welfare and behavioral research.

Description: The internship at Zoo Miami is designed for college students or recent graduates interested in multi-species animal well-being. This internship is unpaid. Interns must commit to a minimum of 480 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 extended.   

 At beginning of internship, intern must write up a one page project proposal to the Curator of Animal Well-being for approval. At conclusion of internship, intern must submit a research poster (including introduction, methods, results, and discussion). 


  • Animal observations and 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 research or animal management. 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 zoo animal welfare, this internship does not guarantee employment with Zoo Miami or Miami-Dade County. 

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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