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Animal Care Intern - Marine Mammals

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

Animal Care Intern - Marine Mammals

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.

Marine Mammal Animal Care
Working with one of the most diverse marine mammal collections in the U.S., this internship is ideal for individuals wishing to learn more about proper husbandry for marine mammals. Interns in these areas may encounter Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, California sea lions, grey seals and Pacific walrus.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support the Zoo’s mission of protecting nature and inspiring people to care for our world.
  • Participate in weekly Trainer Lecture Series, complete required quizzes and comprehensive final examination.
  • Perform diet preparation, cleaning and occasional feeding of animals under the supervision of staff.
  • Perform maintenance of exhibits, back-up areas and food preparation areas.
  • May observe and assist with daily inspection of animals and exhibits to forecast potential health, security problems and exhibit needs.
  • May observe and assist training staff with the treatment of animals for medical purposes.
  • May observe and assist training staff in the collection and transfer of animals.
  • May observe and report equipment and maintenance needs.
  • May assist staff in training demonstrations.
  • Under the supervision of staff, performs record keeping, including food and medication sheets, as well as a concise daily log as needed.
  • May assist staff with the enrichment of animals. 
  • Works with other Zoo departments as needed.
  • Performs related duties as required.

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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