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Internships

Zoo New England offers a number of exciting and educational internship opportunities throughout the year at both Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo.

Ambassador Animal Internship

Timeline for Ambassador Animal 2023-2024 Internships

Spring/Summer:
April 13, 2023-July 13, 2023
Application Deadline: February 17, 2023

Fall:
September 7, 2023- December 7, 2023
Application Deadline: July 7, 2023

Winter:
January 4, 2024-April 4, 2024
Application Deadline: November 3, 2023

Location
Franklin Park Zoo

Description
The Ambassador Animal Intern will work alongside our Ambassador Animal Specialists, who care for all of the species that we have and present in an educational manner. They will learn the basic husbandry of these animals including cleaning, feeding, enrichment, preparing diets, handling, and some training aspects. These interns will learn how to handle and present our level 1 ambassadors for guests within the zoo. They will also participate in presentations led by our ambassador animal specialists that will teach them the basics of ambassador animal care. Those presentations include hands on learning opportunities and projects that will help benefit our ambassador animals and provide hands on experience for our intern.

Requirements:
Preferred candidates should be enrolled in, or have completed, an undergraduate program or studies in zoology, education, biology, or a related field and/or experience in an education or zoo field. Must be available from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., actual hours flexible. Interns are required to submit written documentation from a physician or clinic of a negative TB test taken within the last 12 months. Interns should identify any special requirements for receiving academic credit at the start of the internship.

Term:
Would prefer at least twenty (20) hours, four (4) hours per day for three (3) consecutive months. Zoo New England is willing to work with an individual’s schedule.

The Ambassador Animal Internship is three days per week typically 9:00-4:00pm but hours can vary. We can be flexible with intern schedules or other jobs to accommodate days and time of the internship.

During this internship, interns must agree to abide by all Zoo New England regulations concerning safety and conduct. They also must comply with ZNE’s dress code.

To apply for this internship, please email your resume and cover letter to Amanda Kerstman at akerstman@zoonewengland.org

Animal Care Internship

Application Deadline:
February 7, 2023

Start and End Dates:
There are two sessions that interns can be placed in:

  • May 14, 2023 through August 5, 2023
  • August 6, 2023 through October 28, 2023

Location:
Franklin Park Zoo or Stone Zoo

Description:
The Ambassador Animal Care Intern will work alongside our Zoo Keeper staff as they care for the animals in our collection. They will learn basic husbandry including cleaning, feeding, behavioral observation, enrichment, and preparing diets. They will also develop the skills to interpret information related to our animal collection and their care with our guests. This internship will culminate with the intern designing, proposing, and completing a project to present upon their graduation.

Requirements:
Preferred candidates should have completed their sophomore year in an undergraduate program in zoology, education, biology, or a related field and/or experience in an education or zoo field. Must be available from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Interns are required to submit written documentation from a physician or clinic of a negative TB test taken within the last 12 months. Interns are required to submit proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 Interns who want to earn college credit should identify any special requirements for receiving academic credit before the start of the internship.

Term:
Interns are required to complete four hundred (400) hours over the course of 10-12 weeks. This commitment is for forty (40) hours a week.

During this internship, interns must agree to abide by all Zoo New England regulations concerning safety and conduct. They must also comply with ZNE’s dress code.

Apply:

To apply for this internship, please complete the application linked below and email the following items to Patrick Driscoll (fpzvolunteers@zoonewengland.org). Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • A resume
  • A school transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  • Two written letters of reference from professors and/or former employers. These letters should address your aptitude, preparation, and suitability for an internship with the Zoo
  • Students who are eligible for financial aid from colleges or universities are eligible to apply for the Animal Care Intern Scholarship, supported by the State Street Foundation. To apply for this scholarship fill out this additional application.
Apply Today!