Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students
- 240 hours total, about 16 hours a week in full or half days, minor adjustments allowed
- Complete at least 2 keeper classes
- Complete an Intern Project (suggestions will be provided at the beginning of internship)
Interns are rotated throughout all areas of the zoo and spend about 3-4 weeks in each area. Students spend the majority of their day working alongside the keeper in the area to complete daily husbandry tasks such as cleaning, diet prep and enrichment of the animals. They will also have the opportunity to observe operant conditioning sessions and observe on vet rounds. The keeper classes will be offered throughout the semester based on both intern and keeper schedules. Classes are roughly an hour in length and serve to broaden the experience for the intern. Topics range from nutrition to exhibit design and students will need to complete at least two of them. However, they are encouraged to take all of the keeper classes. In addition, interns will need to complete a project by the end of the semester. We are looking for project topics that will directly benefit the exhibits at the zoo by providing a better experience for the animal or visiting public. Interns will be allowed time during their scheduled time with us to complete the project. At this time interns are not provided a stipend or housing.