So you’re interested in an animal science related career…
LEO Zoological Conservation Center is always looking for dependable, hardworking individuals interested in gaining valuable experience working with seasoned professionals and exotic animals. We welcome students from educational institutions for internships projects for credit, recognizing that what one learns in the classroom is enhanced by hands on experience of caring for animals and helping to explore animal husbandry and its relationship to conservation.
Our staff will put their efforts into sharing their knowledge and providing you with the breadth of experience that will help you realize your individual goals. Don’t take our word for it, watch our most recent interns share their experiences with you.
Here are some of the elements of our shadowing internship experience:
- Enrichment activities, including the creation of and executing food puzzles, foraging devices, and browsing devices.
- Behavioral observations, including monitoring and documenting specific animal behavior.
- Participation in providing for and monitoring health, growth, diet, behavior, reproduction, safety and comfort of our animals.
- Exposure to veterinary and tech work (last summer our interns observed a necropsy).
- Participation in a USDA Animal Care Clinic.
- Enclosure care, including upkeep inside and outside of animal enclosures.
- Kitchen duties, including preparation of species-specific daily diets and cleaning the kitchen area.
Shadowing interns may also have the opportunity to continue their studies abroad. After completing our internship program, our Wild Partners are willing to accept our students to continue their development in their area of interest in the wild.
Applicants with experience in zoology, animal behavior, psychology, biology, veterinary studies, and education, or with environmental or rehabilitation organizations are preferred. We are looking for self-motivated and upbeat candidates who will interact well with current staff, volunteers, and zoo guests. Any internship or research or independent study is unpaid and housing may be available in certain cases.
Please send a cover letter specifying area of interest, resume, and proof of college enrollment/unoffifical (if needed) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The LEO Zoological Conservation Center is able to award academic credit through universities. Students are encouraged to fill out the required proper paperwork directly with their adviser and/or department. Summer internships require at least a 5 day, 40-hour per week commitment, and independent study typically requires three hours per week in the lab for each credit hour, although university policies vary. Full-time (semester long) internships are available by special arrangement.