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The Denver Zoo is located in Denver, Colorado and has a college internship program. The following information was copied from their website: http://www.denverzoo.org/default.asp


Welcome to Denver Zoo's College Internship Program!

Denver Zoo’s College Internship Program allows students to utilize their classroom knowledge in a real work setting. Denver Zoo’s staff is committed to teaching and guiding our interns by helping to improve their skills and giving students valuable firsthand experience.

Summer internships generally begin in May and conclude in August (exact start and end dates depend on the candidates’ school schedule). Non-paid internships are offered year round. Paid internships are funded through the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District.


The Planning and Capital Projects The Planning and Capital Projects department at Denver Zoo is looking for a graphic design intern. The perfect candidate for this position will be majoring in a design field, will be proficient in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop, and will be comfortable working on a PC. This position will provide design experience along with the opportunity to assist with graphic maintenance, cataloging, and other general day-to-day operations of the graphics department. This is an unpaid position and will require approximately 16 hours/week of work. Please email a letter of intent, a link to your portfolio (if available), and your resume to mwells@denverzoo.org by Wednesday, June 2, 2010.



Animal Care

Zoo keeping internships are available in Birds, Hoof stock, Carnivores, Primate and Tropical Discovery (fish/reptiles) departments. Interns gain experience in the daily care of animals, by working closely with zookeepers in diet preparation, animal observation, exhibit maintenance and record keeping. Interns are also exposed to animal training. Interns must be able to lift 50 pounds and enjoy working outdoors. Applicants must be college students studying biology, zoology, wildlife management and/or related fields. Candidates should have career goals consistent with the animal field. Prior animal experience is desired, but not required.



Behavior Programs

The intern will be working in various departments under the supervision of the Curator of Behavioral Husbandry, learning about what goes into a behavioral husbandry program. The intern should be in college (or recently graduated) and working towards a degree in the biology, psychology or related fields, and should have a basic knowledge of operant conditioning and / or of animal behavior. Interns need to have a recent TB test, and tetanus shot. Because of the nature of working close to a variety of animals, both alongside the management and keeper staff, and at times independently outside of animal areas, the applicant needs to demonstrate maturity, self motivation, and an ability to follow direction. There is also an independent research project whether or not this is a requirement for credit.

Duties may include:

  • Help coordinate enrichment item purchases. Organize and distribute enrichment items. Help organize supplies for volunteer enrichment projects, help to monitor these projects.
  • Attend, video record, and/or transfer to tape for various training and enrichment sessions. Attend and transcribe notes for training and enrichment related meetings around the zoo.
  • Research training, enrichment and behavior issues and needs.
  • Help develop and organize the documentation needed to support training and enrichment programs in various departments, including: training plans, enrichment requests, training session documents, observation forms, etc.
  • Help with development and implementation of new training and enrichment program components, including enrichment calendars, behavioral observations, and enrichment and training evaluation.
  • Design and conduct an independent behavior observation project. Collect and analyze behavioral data.


Applicant qualifications:

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in college.
  • Recent college graduates (within the last two years) may apply for an internship.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
  • Candidates must provide proof of current negative TB test.
  • Animal Care applicants must be able to lift 50 pounds.



Additional internship information:

  • Interns earn $9.00 an hour for paid internships.
  • Interns may work 40 hours per week, including weekends and holidays.
  • Housing is not provided.
  • Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter in .PDF, .DOC, or .RTF format only. Other formats will not be accepted.
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Letters of recommendation may be submitted, but are not required.
  • Internship opportunities will be posted as positions become available.
  • Junior/Senior Veterinarian students may email Dr. Knightly atfknightly@denverzoo.org for more information on preceptorships.
  • This is a very competitive program, not all those who apply will be selected for an interview.
  • General questions regarding the internship program may be directed toZooInternships@denverzoo.org, no phone calls please.

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