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Animal Care Intern - Plains

Posted: January 23, 2024 Expired: February 20, 2024
Indianapolis Zoo
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Indianapolis Zoo

Animal Care Intern - Plains

The Indianapolis Zoo's Internship Program offers a unique opportunity for current college students to become actively involved in the Zoo's conservation, research, education and recreation efforts. Interns can enhance their knowledge and experience in various administrative, animal care and education roles. 

Zoo Internships are open to current college students – who are at least at entering their sophomore year – enrolled in a four-year degree program. Interns serve 20-40 hours per week for 12 consecutive weeks. Positions are experience-based and are therefore unpaid. The Zoo can provide information to assist with your housing and transportation search.

Plains Biome Animal Care Internship

Interns in our Plains Biome work closely with keeper staff to perform husbandry tasks for Addra gazelle, African lion, cheetah, Grant's zebra, greater kudu, Guinea baboon, Marabou stork, ostrich, reticulated giraffe, warthog and white rhinoceros.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support the Zoo’s mission of protecting nature and inspiring people to care for our world.
  • Assists with cleaning, feeding and general husbandry of assorted animals and plants.
  • Assists with maintenance of exhibits, backup areas and food preparation areas.
  • Assists with daily inspection of animals and exhibits to forecast potential health or security problems and exhibit needs.
  • May assist in the treatment of animals for medical purposes.
  • May assist in the collection and transfer of animals.
  • Observes and reports equipment and maintenance needs.
  • May assist with record keeping, including food and medication sheets, as well as a concise daily log.
  • Performs related duties as required.
  • May work weekends, holidays, or evenings as needed.
  • Assist with keeper chats and demonstrations.

Experience Required

Current college student



How to Apply

To apply, please submit the Summer Session Application form, along with a cover letter, resume, two letters of recommendation and a current (official or unofficial) transcript; March 10 is the deadline to apply. Please at for more information.

Indianapolis Zoo
Indianapolis, IN

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