Gain valuable knowledge, skills and work experience as an intern at the Minnesota Zoo!

The Minnesota Zoo offers unpaid internships in many of its divisions.  A MN Zoo internship provides workplace experience and the opportunity to learn about careers in zoology, education, communication, conservation, and public service.

All interns promote the mission of the MN Zoo: To connect people, animals and the natural world to save wildlife.  College students who are accepted as interns at the Zoo have a unique opportunity to gain practical workplace experience, complete a meaningful independent projected related to their internship placement, and fulfill an academic requirement within their program of study.

Please note: Because the MN Zoo is an agency of the State of Minnesota, all college interns at the Minnesota Zoo MUST be:

  1. Enrolled in an accredited educational institution AND
  2. Completing an internship for academic credit as part of their academic program OR
  3. Completing an internship as a means of fulfilling an academic requirement as part of their academic program

The schedule of internship availability follows that of the post-secondary academic calendar.  Within these parameters, application openings and closing dates, and internship start and end dates may vary.

2019 Internship Periods
Spring Semester Internships, 2019: Between January 28, 2019 and May 3, 2019
Summer Internships, 2019: Between May 13, 2019 and July 26, 2019
Fall Semester Internships, 2019: Between September 9, 2019 and December 13, 2019

Internships at the MN Zoo are 10, 12, or 13 weeks long. See position descriptions for information about the schedule in each work area.


Unpaid January Term Internship

Intern: Interpretive Naturalist (K-12 programs)

Intern: Interpretive Naturalist (World of Birds Show)

Intern-Zoo Keeper, Minnesota & Tropics Trail

Intern-Zoo Keeper, Aquariums

Intern-Zoo Keeper, Birds Department

Intern-Aquariums, Life Support Systems

Intern-Interpretive Naturalist, Behavioral Husbandry

Intern-Interpretive Naturalist, Close Encounters

Intern-Interpretive Naturalist, Marine Mammals

Intern-Graphic Design

Intern: Zoo Keeper (Northern Trail)

Intern-Interpretive Naturalist, Outreach (Zoomobile)

  • Description of the Outreach (Zoomobile) Donor-funded Paid Internship
  • Application for the Intern-Interpretive Naturalist, Outreach (Zoomobile)(Job ID 25567) extended to September 4, 2018
Paid Internship

None at this time

For additional information, please email the MN Zoo Internship and Youth Development Coordinator at [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Who is eligible to be a Minnesota Zoo intern?
Q: Are internships available to individuals who have finished their degrees?
Q: Are internships available to individuals who already have completed an internship at the Minnesota Zoo?
Q: What kinds of internships are available at the Minnesota Zoo?
Q: Are veterinarian (DVM) externships available at the Minnesota Zoo?
Q: When are internships available?
Q: How many weeks long is an internship, and how many hours per week do interns work?
Q: What is the weekly and daily schedule for interns?
Q: What do interns do?
Q: Are interns at the Minnesota Zoo paid?
Q: Does the Minnesota Zoo offer housing or relocation support for interns?
Q: How do I apply for an internship at the Minnesota Zoo?
Q: Do I have to apply online through Recruiting Solutions?
Q: What will I need to complete my application through Recruiting Solutions?
Q: Will I need a transcript and references when I apply?
Q: When can I apply for an internship at the Minnesota Zoo?
Q: Does the Minnesota Zoo accept applications for internships at other times of the year?
Q: How can I tell whether an internship is open to applicants?
Q: Can I apply for more than one internship in the same semester?
Q: What if I need help with the application or have questions?
Q: What happens after I submit my application for an internship at the Minnesota Zoo?