Columbian Park Zoo offers a variety of exciting internship opportunities for current college students or recent graduates.  All academic majors are encouraged to apply.

Available interest areas (varies seasonally):

  • Animal Care: Animal Ambassadors
  • Animal Care: Australia/Americas Exhibits
  • Animal Care: Family Farm
  • Education & Communication: Camp and Youth Programs
  • Education & Communication: Animal Ambassador and Interpretive Programs
  • Education & Communication: Social Media and Public Relations
  • Landscape/Horticulture

Seasons and Time Commitments:

Summer Internships: 

  • Internship runs May - August, flexible start and end dates
  • Full-time or part-time availability
  • Minimum 20 hours per week/13 week commitment required
  • Apply: January-March
  • Applications for the 2022 Summer Internships are now closed

Fall Internships:  

  • Internship runs August - December
  • Minimum 15 hours per week/13 week commitment required
  • Apply: February-April
  • Applications for the 2022 Fall Internship program are due no later than Friday, April 1 by 5:00p.m.

 Spring Internships:

  • Internship runs January - April
  • Minimum 15 hours per week/13 week commitment required
  • Apply: October-November
  • Applications for the 2022 Spring Internships are now closed

All internships are unpaid, and primarily educational in nature.  Internships provide valuable hands-on learning opportunities. Housing and transportation are the responsibility of the intern. Flexible scheduling available, including weekends, to accommodate most class/work schedules. 

For questions or additional information, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer Spence at 765-807-1558 or