Staten Island Zoo Internship Program
Please submit applications via email.
Please note: All internships are unpaid and do not provide housing.
What goes into a Zoo Internship?
The Staten Island Zoo is extremely committed to our internship programs. Our goal is to provide great learning experiences for interns while continuing an exceptionally high level of care for our zoo animals.
Commitment to high quality work is always rewarded with opportunity. Interns are expected to work hard, but also to enjoy their time here as much as possible.
While unpaid, internships at the Zoo are of great value as educational experiences. With a close staff to intern ratio, interns are a part of the zoo family. During their time at the Zoo, interns gain hands-on, practical work experience.
Interns must be available two days a week*. Internship opportunities range in length from 3 months to one year, and have a minimum requirement of at least 3 months. Internship start dates are generally at the beginning of the following months: January, June, and September.
September 1st for January Spring Internship start date
March 1st for June Summer Internship start date
June 1st for September Fall Internship start date
To Apply, please review the internship opportunities below and then apply using this form.
Research and College Credits
Individuals interested in specific topics may also be permitted to work on independent research. This project would be developed in conjunction with Zoo staff approval in order to meet the specific needs of the animal health department.
If students are eligible to receive college credits for their internship hours, the Zoo will actively support this process. Staten Island Zoo interns have received college credit at Delaware Valley College, Keane University, and Wagner College.
How to Apply:
To apply for an internship, students must include:
- A completed Internship Application.
- A resume
- A cover letter stating their professional objectives.
- Only those students who include all materials will be considered for an interview.
- Must be a college student or graduate.
- Must be available to work two days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Openings may exist after the application due dates.
Please DO NOT CALL, but rather email Education@StatenIslandZoo.org to see if there are current openings.
*One day internships are possible in Animal Nutrition (Commissary) only.
The Education Internship offers individuals the opportunity to assist the Zoo’s Education Department with public programs and school programs for grades Pre-K – 12th grade. Interns gain experience in public speaking, animal handling, and weekend family programming. Interns will work collaboratively with staff to develop and evaluate curriculum, as well as assist with clerical duties and research.
Education Interns do not need prior experience, but must be comfortable working with animals. The Zoo will provide on-the-job training.
The Zoo’s Marketing & Development Department is a multi-service unit that integrates all aspects of the marketing mix: advertising, public relations, media relations, social media outreach, market research, and visual merchandising. Interns can expect an introduction to all aspects, and ultimately an immersion with hands-on applications.
Marketing interns must display a sincere interest in communications and marketing, and be especially aware of audience development and customer loyalty. Computer skills are essential; graphic design skills are a plus. Social media development and strategies that harness the power of social media will be at the core of this internship. College coursework in marketing and previous marketing experience is required.
A Children’s Center intern works alongside zookeepers conducting daily husbandry for a variety of hoofstock, birds, and more. This includes feeding, cleaning, and routine exhibit maintenance. This internship takes place outdoors year-round. Interns should dress for all weather elements.
Interns who show responsibility and aptitude may also be asked to assist in behavior training for the animals in the Children’s Center.
Animal Care & Nutrition
The Animal Care & Nutrition Internship offers students the opportunity to assist keeper staff with all aspects of routine care of animals inside the zoo wings and program animal collection.
For one day of the internship, interns work in the Zoo’s Commissary preparing diets for a wide variety of animals. There, they learn about animal nutrition and the importance of their diets. On their second day, interns work alongside zookeepers conducting animal husbandry for a variety of exotic animals including reptiles, amphibians, fish, birds, mammals, and invertebrates.
Animal Health & Collection Management
The Animal Health & Collection Management internship is designed for individuals seeking to gain exposure to the field of zoo medicine and animal collection.
Interns observe and participate in all facets of animal husbandry as it relates to the day-to-day operation of the zoo’s veterinary facility and nursery. Here, they will learn aspects of zoo exhibit preparation as well the behind the scenes steps involved in curating animals in a zoo collection.
No two days in the animal hospital are alike. However, in general, intern responsibilities include maintaining the cleanliness of all areas of the hospital, and ensuring the hospital is prepared to meet the health and welfare needs of all animal patients.
This is a unique opportunity to observe typically behind the scenes procedures while working closely with the Zoo’s veterinarian and curator.
In order to be eligible for the Animal Health & Collection Management internship, students must be either Junior or Senior undergraduate students or at the graduate level. They must also have prior animal care experience. Animal Health & Collection Management interns must have their two days available to work fall between Mondays – Thursdays.
The Nutrition intern will be supervised by the Commissary Manager and the Veterinarian. The program is ideal for students interested in zoology, zoo animal nutrition, veterinary medicine, or zookeeping.
The commissary manager and the veterinarian are responsible for ensuring these diets are properly formulated and palatable to the animals. This requires research into each animal’s diet in the wild, investigating basic nutrient requirements for each animal, and an analysis of diet components offered at the zoo. The animal nutrition intern will support all levels of Commissary activity and research.