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Safari West

Marketing Internship

Our marketing internship is focused on the marketing and public relations aspect of Safari West. The objective of this internship is to have students and recent graduates understand how a marketing department functions at a zoological institution with respect to graphic and website maintenance, marketing and promotion and administrative duties. These include, but are not limited to creation of promotional media for use at various events, drafting of press releases, articles and other communications, participating in social media, brainstorming promotional ideas and working with partner organizations.

The intern will learn how to ensure we are able to provide our guests with a unique experience, have a positive relationship with our public audience and promote Safari West as a world class destination. This internship will take you behind the scenes of our public image and teach you how to work cohesively with other departments to spread Safari West’s mission. The marketing intern will report directly to the Marketing Director.

Internships can be done in collaboration with a university and we can offer academic credits as approved by an academic advisor. Students are expected to come up with a project which allows for a solid understanding of marketing.

Internship Requirements

  • Availability: Completion of 288 hours including a consistent schedule of a minimum of 6 hours per day and 4 days per week working directly with the marketing department
  • Skills and experience: Must have at least 1 year of experience or school in graphic design, marketing with working knowledge of Abobe InDesign, Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Flash and Dreamweaver as well as competence with HTML/XHTML and web design
  • Collaborative requirement: Intern must be able to work as part of a team, take direction well and be able to interact and communicate effectively with employees, guests and other personnel in a professional manner
  • Self-motivated: Interns will be guided through the program but must be internally driven; they will be expected to multi-task and manage complex information in an organized manner
  • Creativity: Interns must be creative and resourceful with a strong attention to detail and dedication to high standards
  • Completion of project paper

Final Paper

During the internship students will be expected to develop a specified project that has been approved by the department manager and internship coordinator. This project can focus on any aspect that applies to zoological marketing and public relations. Students will be expected to write a paper describing their project.

Further Comments

Applicants must be 18 years of age. All internships are unpaid. At this time we are unable to offer housing accommodations, therefore housing and transportation are at the cost and responsibility of the intern. The intern must have reliable means to get to Safari West consistently before committing.



How to Apply

Please send a completed application, resume and short cover letter, highlighting relevant experience, to Erika Mittelman at Not all applicants will be offered an internship position due to the high volume of qualified candidates who apply. We strongly encourage applicants who did not receive an internship position to re-apply. All applicants will be notified of our decision by email or phone.

Safari West
3115 Porter Creek Rd
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Phone: 7075451513

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