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North Carolina Zoo

Paid Research Internship with the North Carolina Zoo

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.

A hybrid schedule with a minimum of 24 hours each week is required. Interns will serve a minimum of two, 8-hour days each week on site at the Zoo to collect behavioral data. A minimum of 8-hours each week is required remotely for data analysis, report writing, meetings, etc.

Time Commitment

  • Summer Internship: May through August 2023

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.


Onsite housing available for a fee. Retail and Food Discounts. Free Admission.



How to Apply

Application Packet Requirements. Email all documents to Incomplete packets will not be considered. APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 1, 2023

  • 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

North Carolina Zoo
1 Zoo Parkway
Asheboro, NC 27205

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