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Indianapolis Zoo

Birds/Penguins Animal Care Internship

Birds/Penguins Animal Care Internship

The Indianapolis Zoo's Internship Program offers a unique opportunity for current college students to become actively involved in the Zoo's conservation, research, education and recreation efforts. Interns can enhance their knowledge and experience in various animal care and administrative roles. 

Zoo Internships are open to current college students – who are at least at entering their sophomore year – enrolled in a four-year degree program. Interns serve 20-40 hours per week for 12 consecutive weeks. Positions are experience-based and are therefore unpaid. The Zoo can provide information to assist with your housing and transportation search.

Birds/Penguins Animal Care Internship

Interns in this position assist the Encounters staff with the husbandry of hundreds of exotic birds in five different aviaries, including lorikeets, flamingos, Southern ground hornbills, budgies and more. Interns will also spend half of the experience working around the Zoo’s three penguin species – gentoo, rockhopper and king!

Duties and Responsibilities:

-Support the Zoo’s mission of empowering people and communities, both locally and globally, to advance animal conservation.

-Perform cleaning, feeding and general husbandry of assorted animals and plants.

-Prepare diets (blend, chop, mix meal gel), clean and disinfect utensils, perform other food room chores.

-Assist in animal feeding.

-Assist with general cleanup and maintenance of off-exhibit areas (hose or sweep floors, use squeegee).

-Performs minimal record keeping, including food and medication sheets, as well as a concise daily log; observe animal behavior and update daily task sheets.

-Observe and report equipment and maintenance needs.

-Complete a series reading assignments and projects per manager’s discretion. Present projects to Flights of Fancy Staff.

-Other tasks as assigned by Flights of Fancy Staff.

To apply, please submit the Spring Session Application form, along with a cover letter, resume, two letters of recommendation and a current (official or unofficial) transcript; November 10 is the deadline to apply. Please visit our website at for more information.

The Indianapolis Zoo empowers people and communities, both locally and globally, to advance animal conservation. The Zoo is a world-renowned facility and the first to be accredited as a zoo, an aquarium and a botanical garden by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Association of Museums. Home to nearly 1,600 animals and 23,000 plants, including many threatened and endangered species, the Indianapolis Zoo is the largest zoo in the United States that receives no direct tax support.

Experience Required


How to Apply

Please visit our website at to apply

Indianapolis Zoo
1200 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46221
Phone: 317-630-2001
Fax: 317-630-2031

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