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Indianapolis Zoo

Volunteer Management Apprenticeship

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. The Zoo can provide information to assist with your housing and transportation search.

Volunteer Management Apprenticeship

Join this fast-paced department and take part in all aspects of volunteer management. Help recruit, select, train, motivate and supervise our great group of nearly 900 individuals between the ages of 14 and 95. You will gain administrative and organizational skills, learn about non-profit management and have fun, too!

Duties and Responsibilities:

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

-Assist with special events, including Zoobilation, ZooBoo and/or Christmas at the Zoo.

-Assist with Volunteer Program Introduction, New Volunteer Orientation and event orientations.

-Work in conjunction with Human Resources Department Staff and Intern on an assigned project.

-Check office mail, voicemail and emails. Respond to all information requests in a timely manner.

-Assist current volunteers with their scheduling, paperwork or other needs.

-Assist with entering records in volunteer database.

-Assist with interviewing new adult volunteer prospects.

-Research and execute activities to reward volunteers for their service.

-Attend intern and volunteer fairs as scheduled.

-Other projects or duties will be determined specific to student’s interests and course requirements.

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.

Experience Required

Entry level



How to Apply

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

Indianapolis Zoo
1200 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46222
Phone: 317-630-2001

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