The Minnesota Zoo Student Internship Program is designed to provide technical or college level student interns with practical learning experiences and provide the opportunity for interns to consider entering or furthering zoological or public service careers. A student intern must be receiving academic credit from, or be fulfilling an academic requirement of an accredited Institution of Higher Education.

Internships are offered in a variety of program areas. Applications are accepted year-round from junior and senior students. Please see the Application Procedure link below for deadlines. All internships run 10 to 14 weeks, 30 to 40 hours a week, and are unpaid.

All application materials should be sent to the Internship Coordinator by email at
Official transcripts can be emailed or sent by mail to this address: 13000 Zoo Blvd, Apple Valley, MN 55124.

Please Review the Application Procedure and Deadline prior to applying.

Zoo Internship Opportunities for 2016:

More internship opportunities 

Education Naturalist
Early Childhood Education Naturalist Internship
External Relations and Public Affairs Internship
Graphic Design Internship
Photography Internship
Recreation Management Internship
Sales & Marketing Internship

Application Procedure and Deadline
Internship Application Form

Internships at the Minnesota Zoo Foundation
AZUL Program Internship
Special Events

Internship Program FAQs
Can I send in my application materials by mail?
I am interested in a summer internship but am graduating in May. Can I still apply?
Do you offer housing for interns over the summer?
Do you offer any paid internships?
How long are the internships and what days do interns work?
My school cannot send my transcript by email, how can I send it to you?
Should my advisor sent their letter of recommendation directly to you?
Does my school need to offer academic credit for me to do an internship at the Minnesota Zoo?
My school won’t offer credits for students to take internships. Can I still do the internship anyway?
Do you have any job shadowing opportunities at the Minnesota Zoo?
Who can I contact with more questions about the internship program at the Minnesota Zoo?


For further information please contact the Human Resources Office at