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Animal Care Intern - Ambassador Animals

Posted: January 22, 2024 Expired: February 19, 2024
Indianapolis Zoo
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Indianapolis Zoo

Animal Care Intern - Ambassador Animals

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.

Ambassador Animals Animal Care Internship

Interns in this position assist the Encounters staff with the husbandry of a wide variety of species who serve as ambassadors for their wild counterparts. The Indianapolis Zoo’s entry experience allows guests to interact with these ambassador animals, including aardvarks, birds, hedgehogs, pouched rats and many more.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support the Zoo’s mission of protecting nature and inspiring people to care for our world.

  • Perform related duties as required.

  • Perform cleaning, feeding and general husbandry of assorted animals and plants.

  • Prepare diets (blend, chop, mix meal gel), clean and disinfect utensils, perform other food room chores.

  • Assist in animal feeding.

  • Assist with general cleanup and maintenance of off-exhibit areas (hose or sweep floors, use squeegee).

  • Perform minimal record keeping, including food and medication sheets, as well as a concise daily log; observe animal behavior and update daily task sheets.

  • Observe and report equipment and maintenance needs.

  • Complete a series of reading assignments and projects per manager’s discretion. Present projects to Flights of Fancy Staff.

  • Assist with animal transport and public presentations.

  • Other tasks as assigned by Flights of Fancy Staff.

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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