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North Carolina zoo

The NC Zoo is nestled on 2,600 wooded acres in North Carolina, just south of Asheboro in Randolph County. With 500 developed acres, it is the world's largest natural habitat zoo. Conservation is at the heart of everything that we do. From vultures to gorillas in Africa to endangered plants and amphibians in our own state, the North Carolina Zoo has been involved with the conservation of animals in the wild for over two decades.

Research Internship (Paid)

Students will work with PhD level curatorial staff to learn about research in zoos. Students will gain hands-on experience collecting behavioral data, learn to manage and analyze their data, and receive training in public speaking and professional dissemination of scientific findings. Results from these projects are used by zookeepers and curators to inform management decisions and provide insight into the welfare of the animals in our care.

Students are responsible for all expenses associated with serving as an intern (i.e. housing, transportation, food, uniform, etc.). A stipend will be available to help off-set these costs.

Experience Required

Who Can Apply o Upper-level undergraduates (rising juniors or seniors) or graduate students with an interest in animal behavior research. o Competitive applicants will have a minimum GPA of at least 3.25, completed relevant course work (e.g. statistics, animal behavior), and/or have some applied research experience.

Further Comments

Time Commitment • Fall-Spring Internship: August 2022 through May 2023 o Application packet due by July 1st, 2023


Learning from experts at the world's largest natural habitat zoo. discounts at restaurants and retail stores. onsite housing available for a fee.


Paid Stipend

How to Apply

Application Packet Requirements

  • Letter of intent detailing what you hope to gain from the internship and what skills you will bring to the position
  • Current resume (not to exceed one page)
  • College transcript (unofficial copies are accepted)
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • (one must be from a faculty member and can be included in the packer or emailed separately to with Subject Line: Recommendation Letter for ‘Name of Applicant’)
  • Indicate which internship you are applying: Summer or Fall
  • Email all required documents to no later than the deadline indicated. Late or incomplete entries will not be considered.

North Carolina zoo
4401 Zoo Parkway
Asheboro, NC 27205
Phone: 336.879.7000

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