Join the team at the Minnesota Zoo!

The Minnesota Zoo offers many different internship positions each year. The Minnesota Zoo Student Internship Program is designed to provide technical or college level students with practical learning experiences, and provide the opportunity for interns to consider entering or furthering zoological, educational, 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. Please see the Application Procedure link below for requirements, deadlines, and more information on how to apply. All internships are unpaid.

Application Procedure and Deadlines

Current Zoo Internship Opportunities:

Additional internship opportunities:

Education Internship

Early Childhood Education & Nature Play Intern
Graphic Design Internship
Photography Internship
Sales & Marketing Internship
Internship Application Form

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 [email protected]