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Indianapolis Zoo

Veterinary Hospital Animal Care/Nutrition 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.

Pre-Veterinary majors have the chance to work alongside some of the top veterinary professionals in the industry. Interns assist the veterinary hospital keepers in providing care for the hospital patients and quarantine animals. Interns also assist the Commissary Staff in daily diet preparation, delivery and inventory management.

Duties and Responsibilities:

-Support the Zoo’s mission of protecting nature and inspiring people to care for our world.

-Clean and disinfect animal enclosures. 

-Diet preparation for hospital and quarantine animals.

-Assists the hospital keepers with the transfer and restraint of animals.

-Assists the hospital keepers in observing and monitoring hospital and quarantine animals.

-Assists the hospital keepers in the treatment of hospital and quarantine animals and in providing behavioral enrichment.

-Assists the hospital keepers in maintaining animal records.

-Assist Commissary Coordinator in daily diet preparation for Zoo collection.

-Responsible for reviewing weekly research articles with Nutritionist.

The Indianapolis Zoo protects nature and inspires people to care for our world. 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.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit the Summer Session Application form, along with a cover letter, resume, two letters of recommendation and a current (official or unofficial) transcript; March 10 is the deadline to apply. Please visit our website at https://www.indianapoliszoo.com/jobs-volunteer/internships/ for more information.

Indianapolis Zoo
1200 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46222
Phone: 317-630-2041

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