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Zoo Miami

Graphics Internship

The Graphics Team is currently seeking applicants who desire a career in Graphic Design and would like to gain firsthand experience in an attraction/ zoo setting. Ideal candidates will be passionate designers with a love for animals, conservation, and have interest for our zoo’s mission. This position provides the opportunities to participate in brainstorm sessions with the design team, hands on experience with design equipment, and the chance to design and fabricate some signage for the zoos exhibits. Candidates must submit a portfolio, or link to portfolio website, with their applications to be considered.

Zoo Miami is the largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida, and the only tropical zoo in the continental United States. Today, Zoo Miami occupies almost 750 acres (340 developed), and is home to over 3,000 animals representing more than 400 different species. We are proud to be active in many global wildlife and environmental conservation initiatives and are currently involved in over 36 projects taking place on six continents.  We are experiencing an exciting time of advancement that will focus on five strategic priorities: Animal Well Being, Conservation and Stewardship, Guest Experience, Financial Strength, and Performance Excellence. 

Description: The internship at Zoo Miami is designed for college students or recent graduates interested in Graphic Design within a large attraction setting. This internship is unpaid. Interns must commit to a minimum of 320 hours over a 16-week period including but not limited to weekends and holidays.  


  • Create and assist with Zoo Miami design work
  • Some computer work with graphic design software (Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop)
  • Periodical exhibit walkthroughs to ensure all signage is in good standing
  • Printing, cutting and mounting vinyl graphics
  • Some help with the organization of Graphics studio
  • Meet with at least three different zoo divisions


  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be currently enrolled in college or recent college graduate
  • Must provide cover letter, resume, design portfolio and college transcripts
  • Must provide professional and/or academic references
  • Must be able to afford housing, food and transportation to Zoo Miami
  • Must have good communication skills, written and verbal
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs. and be in good physical condition
  • Must submit to background check and fingerprint screening at designated county facility

Although this internship will better equip individuals for a job in the graphic design field, this internship does not guarantee employment with Zoo Miami or Miami-Dade County. 

All applicants will be notified upon receipt of all materials. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.  Selected applicants will be contacted by the coordinator of their acceptance and notified by Zoo Human Resources for further processing. 



How to Apply

Interested applicants should visit for a detailed listing of opportunities.

Zoo Miami
12400 SW 152nd Street
Miami, FL 33177
Phone: 305-251-0400
Fax: 305-378-6381

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