The Potawatomi Zoo is now accepting intern applications for all of 2020! There are three seasonal opportunities with each session lasting around 16 weeks. The internship program is designed to offer hands-on experience to those interested in entering the zookeeper profession. Interns will be expected to shadow zookeepers in their daily routines. By doing so interns will gain knowledge and experience of a variety of animal taxon through basic husbandry, enrichment, training, diets, exhibit design and maintenance, medical care, animal knowledge, and more.
2021 Internship dates:
2021 Internship dates:
Spring Session: January 4 – April 24; Deadline to apply is November 30th, 2020
Summer Session: May 3 – August 21; Deadline to apply is March 31st, 2021
Fall Session: August 30th -December 18; Deadline to apply is July 31st, 2021
EACH SESSION IS LIMITED TO 6 INTERNS; SPACES ARE OPEN UNTIL FILLED, SO DON’T DELAY!
- Must be 18 or older to apply
- Vaccinations should be up to date. Proof of negative TB test (within the past 6 months) is required prior to start date for all interns. Records of these must be submitted before working with these animals.
- Available to intern weekends and holidays
- Available to intern 40 hours a week for a 16-week period; schedule is 8 hr days, 5 days per week (8:00 am – 4:30 pm). Schedule is subject to change during the open season (7:00 am – 3:30 pm or 9:00 am – 5:30 pm).
- 2020 Open Season runs April, 2020 – November, 2020
- Follow all Potawatomi Zoo Protocols.
- Zookeeper work can be physically demanding. Interns must be able to work in small spaces, awkward positions that require bending and stretching, and be able to safely lift 50 lbs.
- Tolerance of strong odors, dust, hay, animal fur/hair/dander and weather conditions.
- College student or recent graduate in biology, zoology, or related field is preferred.
To apply, intern candidates must submit the following:
- Fill out a zookeeper intern application
- Cover letter explaining the applicant’s:
- Goals and how this internship will help achieve those goals
- Relevant skills, activities, experience and/or classes
- School requirements for internship credit (if applicable)
The intern program is an unpaid education internship, of which housing and medical coverage is not included. Preference will be given to science majors enrolled in a Bachelor’s Degree program.
Application material may be emailed, mailed or faxed to:
ATTN: Education and Volunteer Manager
500 S. Greenlawn Ave.
South Bend IN, 46615