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Indianapolis Zoo

Conservation Education Family and Youth Programs 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.

Join our multi-disciplined team of educators, scientists and conservationists to develop and implement a far-reaching series of programs that will have a measurable, significant and positive impact on wildlife and wild places around the planet, and, help transform the City of Indianapolis into a community that embraces environmental stewardship as a core value. Conservation Education Program interns assist with camps, overnights and variety of other visitor programming. Interns will have opportunities to experience educational programming from a range of viewpoints from development to facilitation.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

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

-Assist in administration of a variety of education programs (camp, conservation station, overnights, etc.).

-Assist with designing new programming.

-Observation and evaluation of various education programs.

-Communicate with Hix Institute Education Programs Manager regularly to ensure goals and objectives are being met within the allocated time frame.

-Assist Hix Institute Education Programs Manager with a variety of duties to support the department, such as answering phone calls, responding to emails, registration of programs, etc.

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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