Do you love young children, animals, and nature play? Are you interested in environmental education, writing curriculum, and teaching informal science education programs? Then the early childhood education and nature play internship is just for you!

The Minnesota Zoo is the largest environmental education learning facility in the state. We offer a variety of classroom experiences for children of all ages. We would love to have you join our team!


Summer Internship:

Responsibilities for the Summer Early Childhood Education and Nature Play Internship include assisting with curriculum preparation, teaching, and activity creation for the Zoo’s popular summer day camp—Zoo Camp. The internship can also include caring for a small collection of education animals such as snakes, a chinchilla, turtles, a rabbit, a ferret, and a tarantula. Interns will work approximately 400 hours between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The start and end dates are flexible depending on your college/university calendar. College credit required.

Fall Winter or Spring Internship Available upon request

Responsibilities for the Fall and Spring Early Childhood Education and Nature Play Internship include assisting with curriculum preparation, teaching, and activity creation for a variety of the Zoo’s popular early childhood programs such as Toddler Time, Preschool Pals, and nature play programs in and around our Hanifl Family Wild Woods Nature Play Area. Interns typically work 6-8 hours per day, Monday through Friday.

Duties to include:

  • Develop or revise curriculum for programs
  • Enhance teaching and public speaking skills
  • Present programs for zoo program participants
  • Gain experience with different styles of interpretation
  • Work with children ranging in age from 0 to 5
  • Care for small collection of education animals (summer only)

You will also get to experience the Zoo behind-the-scenes, interact with a wide variety of zoo staff, and learn about our diverse animal collection!

Applications Must Include:

In addition to the required materials noted on the Internship Application Form, please include the following with your application:

  • Cover letter that answers the following questions:
    • What are your career goals, and how would this internship help you achieve them?
    • What do you hope to gain from this internship?
    • What talent/skills will you bring to the Education department?
    • What kind of coursework and/or experience do you have that would make you a valuable Minnesota Zoo intern?
  • A one page or less description of a fun educational activity/lesson plan to do with kids at the Zoo
  • Letter of recommendation from an advisor or supervisor

For more information, please contact: Internship Coordinator, Human Resources 13000 Zoo Boulevard, Apple Valley, MN 55124 E-mail: [email protected] Fax: 952.431.9211                or

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All application materials should be sent to the Internship Coordinator by email at Human.Resources [email protected]