Join us for a semester as an intern!

The Maryland Zoo is committed to developing the next generation of wildlife, hospitality, and business professionals. Internships give students the opportunity to gain college credit for supervised work and learning experiences while introducing them to professional skills and responsibilities in a career field of interest.

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The deadline to apply for the Summer Session 2020 is February 28.

Animal Keeper & Behavior Internship

The Animal Department is responsible for the daily care and wellbeing of the Zoo’s animal collection. Interns will be placed on a team of dedicated keepers to learn every aspect of animal keeping, including diet preparation, cleaning of habitats, enrichment, and training. Animal Keeper & Behavior interns will also have the opportunity to work on an independent project of their own design under the supervision and guidance of keepers and an animal behavior and training specialist. This position requires a minimum availability of three full days per week.

This internship is not designed for students on a veterinary medicine track. If you are interested in working specifically with primates, please apply instead for the Primate Internship.

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Primate Internship

Primate interns will have an inside look at providing care for primates on a daily basis. This includes gaining knowledge of husbandry, creating and implementing enrichment, and learning how the animal staff trains behaviors using operant conditioning. While many responsibilities and expectations of Chimp Forest interns are identical to those of our Animal Keeper & Behavior internship, this position requires the skills and interests of an individual pursuing a career working with primates. Interns will have the opportunity to learn the complex social and intelligent behaviors of our large, dynamic chimpanzee troop, and work closely with ring- tailed lemurs, red ruffed lemurs, Coqurel’s sifaka, and Black and White colobus monkeys. Interns will also complete a project to showcase some of the tools they have learned throughout the program. This position requires minimum availability of three full days per week.

This internship is not designed for students on a veterinary medicine track.

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Veterinary Technician Internship Program

Veterinary Technician interns work alongside our veterinary team to assist with the medical care of the Zoo’s animal collection. Interns help the Zoo achieve its mission by offering support to Zoo vets and vet techs during exams and procedures, cleaning of the hospital, inventory maintenance, observation, and documentation. Please note that applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college pursuing a degree in veterinary technology or have graduated from an accredited program within the last two years (we can make no exceptions to this requirement).

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Conservation Education Internship

Conservation Education interns support outreach and on-grounds educational experiences through delivering educational content about nature, wildlife and conservation to engage and educate guests, school groups, and the general public in order to extend and enhance the educational value of the Zoo experience. Interns will assist staff with the preparation and delivery of educational programs using artifacts and hands-on activities in an informal setting.

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Volunteer Management Internship

Volunteer Management interns play a main role in providing the staffing support needed to fulfill the Zoo’s mission of conservation, education, entertainment, and research. Interns will explore various aspects of volunteer management, such as recruitment, training, scheduling, tracking, documentation, supervision and recognition of volunteers. Interns will also have the opportunity to assist with the management of our internship program, conservation programs, teen programs and a diverse range of events.

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Graphic Design Internship

Graphic Design interns work with our Creative Services department to develop, design and produce print and online material including marketing pieces, event materials, on-grounds signage, newsletters, and brochures.

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Marketing & Digital Media Internship

Marketing & Digital Media interns contribute to the development, design, and production of marketing materials, revising pages and creating content for the Zoo’s website, updating and maintaining multiple social media platforms, and assisting in copywriting for a variety of projects including event materials and newsletters.

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Visitor Services Internship

Visitor Services interns assist in the role of providing positive, informative human interactions that enhance every guest’s experience, from entry at the Main Gate to riding the shuttle into the heart of the zoo. It is the Visitor Services Agent that will be on hand to greet and assist our many guests. Interns with our Visitor Services department explore various aspects of hospitality management such as guest relations, front gate management, problem-solving and staff hiring, training, and scheduling. Spring internships in Visitor Services run from March-June.

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For questions about internships, please contact the Volunteer Department at 443-552-5266 or internships@marylandzoo.org.