The Minnesota Zoo is the largest environmental education learning facility in the state.  The Zoo offers a variety of educational experiences for school-aged children in grades K-12, including classroom-based programs, special event days, overnights, guided tours, etc.

Education Naturalist Interns in the K-12 Education Program gain valuable experience in delivering informal education programs, public speaking, classroom management, developing and presenting educational programs that meet the needs of students in grades kindergarten through twelve, and curriculum writing.

All interns complete an individual project developed in consultation with Zoo education department staff.

Internship availability and commitment:

Internships are available year-round.  Summer interns work primarily developing curriculum and materials for the upcoming school year; academic year interns work primarily with school education programs.  All interns will participate in education programs that take advantage of the Zoo’s indoor and outdoor trails as well as the more than 200 acres of backwoods and natural areas.

Education Naturalist Interns work 35-40 hours per week; start and end dates are flexible.  Summer interns typically work Monday-Friday, while the schedule for school year Interns may vary in length and daily schedule.

This internship is best suited to individuals who have a passion for teaching, the environment, and conservation. They should be self-starters and good communicators. They should be interested in and able to present programs to the public with assistance and coaching.