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 – 2020 Internship Periods
Summer Internships, 2020: Between May 12, 2020 and August 27, 2020
Fall Internships, 2020: Between September 12, 2020 and December 10, 2020
Spring Internships, 2021: Mandatory Zoo Orientation on 1/23/21.  Internship work period scheduled between 1/24/21 and 4/29/21.

All unpaid internships at the MN Zoo are 12 weeks long.
Paid internships vary in length.  See individual position descriptions for specific information.

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

Applications for unpaid SUMMER 2020 internships will be accepted between January 2, 2020 and January 31, 2020.

Unpaid Summer 2020 Internships

Zoo Unpaid Operations Internships

Zoological Intern- Graphic Design
Apply for Job ID 37028

Zoo Unpaid Conservation, Education, and Nature Internships

Social Science Research Internship
Apply for Job ID 37193

Zoo Camp Interpretive Naturalist Internship
Apply for Job ID 37160

Zoo Unpaid Animal Programs Internships

Zoological Intern-Zoo Keeper, Birds Department
Apply for Job ID 37025

Zoological Intern-Interpretive Naturalist, Close Encounters and Marine Mammals
Apply for Job ID 37922

Zoological Intern-Zoo Keeper, Northern Trail
Apply for Job ID 37147

Zoological Intern-Interpretive Naturalist, World of Birds Show
Apply for Job ID 37820

Paid Summer 2020 Internships

Conservation, Education & Nature Internships
Field Conservation Research Internship, Butterflies
Apply for Job ID 37818

Field Conservation Research Internship, Turtles & Mussels
Apply for Job ID 37027

Animal Management Internships
Zoological Intern- Farmkeeper, Wells Fargo Family Farm
Apply for Job ID 37192

Llama Trek (summer seasonal exhibit) Zoo Keeper Internship
Apply for Job ID 37194

The Minnesota Zoo will not offer the following internships during summer 2020 work period. We may offer one or more of these placements in the future.

Zoo Operations Internships

Human Resources Internship

Zoological Exhibit Design Internship

Zoo Conservation, Education, and Nature Internships

Conservation Research Assistant Internship

Education, K- 12 Interpretive Naturalist Internship

Nature Play Early Childhood Interpretive Naturalist Internship

Outreach (Zoomobile) Interpretive Naturalist Internship

Zoo Animal Programs Internships

Zoological Intern-Zoo Keeper, Minnesota & Tropics Trail

Zoological Intern-Interpretive Naturalist, Behavioral Husbandry

Zoological Intern-Zoo Keeper, Aquariums

Zoological Intern-Zoo Keeper, Life Support Systems

Zoological Intern, Zoo Keeper, Seasonal Exhibit

Veterinarian Technician (Vet Tech, CVT) Intern

 

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: Do interns at the MN Zoo have to have a TB test done?
Q: Do interns at the MN Zoo have to have had a rabies vaccine?
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?