Internships

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: General Exotic Animal Care
  • 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: February-March
  • Applications for the 2020 Summer Internship season will be available in January 2020.

Fall Internships:  

  • Internship runs August - December
  • Minimum 15 hours per week/13 week commitment required
  • Apply: March-April
  • Applications for the 2020 Fall Internship season will be available in February 2020.

 Spring Internships:

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 jspence@lafayette.in.gov