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Dallas Zoo

Visitor Studies and Program Evaluation Internship

Visitor Studies and Program Evaluation Internship

The Dallas Zoo’s College Internship Program provides an interesting and rewarding learning opportunity for currently enrolled undergraduate or post-graduate students at an accredited college/university in the United States. Interns become actively involved in the Zoo’s animal care departments, conservation/research efforts, operations, and administrative positions.

Understanding the connections between people, animals, and conservation

The intern will participate in research projects focused on better understanding Zoo audiences and how the Zoo can encourage them to participate in conservation and adopt behaviors that benefit animals and wildlife. Together we will develop research protocols that allow us to gain insights into our audiences, and test ways to cultivate visitors to become conservation stewards.
You will:

  • Develop familiarity with social science research methods

  • Refine ability to develop and implement research projects

  • Conduct critical research and analysis related to conservation efforts


  • Minimum two years relevant college coursework towards a Bachelor's degree in psychology or other social science or directly relevant field/coursework required. Other possible subject areas include education (especially biology and environmental education), communications, marketing or audience research, and museum studies. Graduate level courses are a plus, but not required.

  • Strong social skills and the ability to interact effectively with strangers essential; excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.

  • Experience conducting interviews and/or interacting with the public is desirable, including both adults and children.

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail and accuracy required.

  • Strong computer skills required, with experience in Microsoft Excel. Some basic understanding of program evaluation or statistics preferred.

  • Experience and/or ability to work and interact effectively with a diverse, multicultural audience. Multilingual ability and Spanish fluency a plus.

  • Must have strong interest in conservation and social science.

  • Must be a self-starter with an ability to work independently.

Interns work 20-40 hours per week for a minimum of 12 consecutive weeks during one of the sessions listed below. The purpose of the placements is to help the intern gain experience related to their education, and most are unpaid positions. The Dallas Zoo will work with students to document necessary time or projects needed to gain university credit for the internship. Unfortunately, we cannot provide transportation, housing, or a stipend.  Position limited to US nationals.

Candidates selected for internship must pass background check and TB test.

The deadline for 2017 Summer internships is March 10, 2017.

Please contact the Volunteer Department for additional information or an application:



How to Apply

Dallas Zoo
650 S. RL Thornton Frwy, 650 S. RL Thornton Frwy
Dallas, TX 75203
Phone: 4695547452
Fax: 4695547380

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