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Conservation Education Intern

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

Conservation Education Intern

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.

Conservation Education Internship

Join our multi-disciplined team of educators, scientists and conservationists to develop and implement a far-reaching series of programs that will have a measurable, significant and positive impact on wildlife and wild places around the planet, and, help transform the City of Indianapolis into a community that embraces environmental stewardship as a core value. Conservation Education Program interns assist with camps, overnights and variety of other visitor programming. Interns will have opportunities to experience educational programming from a range of viewpoints from development to facilitation.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Support the Zoo’s mission of protecting nature and inspiring people to care for our world.
  • Assist in administration of a variety of education programs (camp, overnights, Animal Adventures, etc.).
  • Assist with designing new programming.
  • Observation and evaluation of various education programs.
  • Assist in administration of variety of interpretive experiences, such as animal chats, dolphin presentations, informal interpretation in the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center and roving throughout the Zoo.
  • Assist with designing new ways to enhance guest experiences.
  • Communicate with managers regularly to ensure goals and objectives are being met within the allocated time frame.
  • Assist staff with a variety of duties to support the department such as answering phone calls, responding to emails, preparing materials for presentations, assisting as needed with the Wild Ambassador program, helping organize department materials for the busy summer season, etc.

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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