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Houston Zoo, Inc

The Houston Zoo has over 6,000 permanent residents (our animals) for whom we provide housing, meals, medical care, and training. The Zoo also serves more than 2.4 million guests each year who come to experience our incredible variety of animals and ecosystems, as well as attend special private and public events and entertainment. The Zoo aspires to connect communities with animals, inspiring action to save wildlife.

Marketing Summer Internship at the Houston Zoo

Participate in an internship with the Marketing Department! This department supports the zoo through brand awareness and major events such as Feast with the Beasts, Photo Day, World Oceans Day, Cool Nights, Zoo Lights, Zoo Boo and Dreamnight, depending on which semester the internship takes place. This is an unpaid opportunity that will allow students to gain hands-on experience with event planning and marketing promotion while developing important professional relationships.

Interns will shadow the Marketing staff and be involved throughout the execution process including, but not limited to, contacting clients, preparing the event spaces, meeting vendors, managing event volunteers and completing closing functions. In addition, interns will gain an understanding of the pre-planning phase and other administrative functions.

Applicants interested in this position should be detail oriented, dependable, positive and exhibit excellent communication skills. The curriculum for this internship is designed to provide students the opportunity to learn the following:

  • Coordinating logistics for Houston Zoo promotional and fundraising events, including conducting research, submitting all necessary paperwork, creating timelines, and communicating with HZI staff and outside parties to ensure successful events.

  • Developing, racking and maintaining inventory of collateral materials and a contact database for marketing initiatives

  • Assisting with coordination and implementation of event sponsorship elements, ensuring sponsor satisfaction and assisting with sponsorship recap

  • Participating in off-site events such as Texans games, Dynamo games, Children’s Fest and others 

  • Creating new booth activation games and activities to engage the public at events

  • Procuring supplies and giveaway items

  • Overseeing deliveries, setup, and execution of events


  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office products particularly, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint

  • Exhibit excellent oral communication and writing skills

  • Must be a self-starter

  • Ability to multi-task and excel in a fast-paced environment

  • Effective project management skills essential


The position involves minimal physical exertion, except when assisting in the production of a special event or promotion. Walking, lifting and lots of time outside may be required on specific occasions, in all different weather conditions including heat, humidity, rain, cold, or dust. Due to the nature of this environment, interns will have heavy public contact requiring considerable interpersonal and negotiation skills, extensive interaction with the public, some donors, members and the press, plus a large number of vendors and co-promotional partners.


  • Interns are required to complete a minimum 200 hour commitment

  • Compose and present an educational presentation at the end of internship

  • Interest in pursuing a career in marketing or event planning/management.Applicants must currently be enrolled in a college institution or a recent graduate (within 1 year of application due date)

  • Coursework in Marketing and/or Communications-related filed is preferred but not required

  • Experience or previous involvement in event planning, guest service or marketing is a plus

  • The Houston Zoo is open 364 days a year. Interns may be scheduled to participate on some weekends, evenings, and holidays, however, they can expect to have a regular set schedule.

  • APPLY BY March 1 at 4 PM at 


Join us in saving animals in the wild through creative marketing events!



How to Apply

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Houston Zoo, Inc
1513 Cambridge Street
Houston, TX 77030

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