Intern at the Zoo

Intern at the Zoo

Roger Williams Park Zoo offers a wide variety of internship programs, from veterinary and animal care to education, marketing and public relations, and more.  Our internships are unpaid, but offer valuable hands-on experience.  

Internships and externships at the Zoo offer broad experience in a variety of fields.

Youth Mentor Internship

Youth Mentor Interns are primarily responsible for promoting a positive learning environment for the youth involved in the Zoo’s Roots & Shoots club. Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots program is about empowering youth to make positive change happen for people, for animals, and for the environment. The Youth Mentor Intern will assist RWPZ staff to mentor up to ten 13-17 year old Roots & Shoots members during the 2015-2016 school year. This is a volunteer position. It is unpaid and there is no housing provided.

Now accepting applications.

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Event Planning & Comm. Internship

Event Planning & Communication Interns are primarily responsible for assisting with the logistics surrounding some of the Zoo's largest fundraising events. Working with the Development and Membership Department, interns will learn valuable skills in the non-profit field related to event planning, data entry, donor research, and working within a small team environment. This is a volunteer position. It is unpaid and there is no housing provided.

We are no longer accepting applications for 2016.

Animal Care Internship

Interns participating in the Animal Care Internship are responsible for working directly with the Roger Williams Park Zoo animal care staff while rotating through each animal area. This internship is designed to educate people interested in careers working with animals and in the field of conservation. This is a volunteer position. It is unpaid and there is no housing provided.

Now accepting applications for Fall 2016. Deadline is July 1st.

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Interpretation Internship

The Interpretation Intern reports to the Manager of Interpretation and Graphics. This division of the Education Department is responsible for the educational experience of our general Zoo visitors. The Interpretation Intern will focus on supporting and developing programs for the general visitor. 

Now accepting applications for Fall 2016. Deadline is July 1st.

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Our Big Backyard Internship

Interns participating in the Our Big Backyard Internship are valued members of the Big Backyard exhibit team. Our Big Backyard is a space dedicated to encouraging free play and nature exploration in young children. Interns are primarily responsible for conducting visitor studies, as well as observing and facilitating children’s play experiences within the exhibit space. This is a volunteer position. It is unpaid and there is no housing provided.

Now accepting applications for Fall 2016. Deadline is July 1st.

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Conservation Internship

Interns participating in the Conservation Internship are responsible for working directly with the Roger Williams Park Zoo conservation staff. This internship is designed to educate people interested in careers working in the fields of conservation, research, and citizen science. This is a volunteer position. It is unpaid and there is no housing provided.

No longer accepting applications for 2016.