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Indianapolis Zoo

Plains Biome Animal Care Internship

Plains Biome 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.

Plains Biome Animal Care Internship

Interns in our Plains Biome work closely with keeper staff to perform husbandry tasks for Addra gazelle, African lion, cheetah, Grant's zebra, greater kudu, Guinea baboon, Marabou stork, ostrich, reticulated giraffe, warthog and white rhinoceros.

Duties and Responsibilities:

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

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

-Assists with maintenance of exhibits, backup areas and food preparation areas.

-Assists with daily inspection of animals and exhibits to forecast potential health or security problems and exhibit needs.

-May assist in the treatment of animals for medical purposes.

-May assist in the collection and transfer of animals.

-Observes and reports equipment and maintenance needs.

-May assist with record keeping, including food and medication sheets, as well as a concise daily log.

-Performs related duties as required.

-May work weekends, holidays, or evenings as needed.

-Assist with keeper chats and demonstrations.

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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