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!


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.