Animal Education Internships

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There are many internship options for those interested in pursuing an animal education career in a role such as humane educator, zoo educator, livestock educator, or ​extension agent.  Here are some internships to consider:

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington (in Virginia) offers two Humane Education internship positions each year.  Interns assist with four day camps, lead presentations and tours, handle small companion animals, and develop program content.

  Internships run from June to August (8 weeks) with a 35 hour per week commitment required.  Applicants with a background in early childhood education and animal welfare are preferred.  This is a paid internship with an hourly rate of $9.82.

Disney’s Professional Internship Program offers several programs for those interested in animal education.  Options at Disney’s Animal Kingdom include Conservation Education Instructor, Conservation Education Operations, Education Presenter, and Education Project Specialist.  Most roles last six months and involve a combination of teaching and program support. Direct contact with animals is not a part of most educational positions.  Compensation varies by position, and a limited amount of housing is available on a first come, first served basis. 

Marineland (in Florida) offers an Education Internship that involves a 3 month commitment (32 to 40 hours per week).

  Interns develop educational materials, give presentations, lead tour groups, conduct summer camps, and assist with newsletter creation.  Internships are unpaid; housing and transportation are the responsibility of the intern.

PAWS (in Washington) offers a Humane Education Internship program.  Interns assist with the preparation, development, and implementation of youth education programs that promote animal welfare.

  Applicants must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, experience working with youth of all ages, and the ability to speak comfortably in front of large groups.  This internship is unpaid and runs in two sessions: Fall (October to December) and Spring (March to June).  Ten to fifteen hours of work per week are required.

Sea World offers the Sea World Camp Internship program.  The program is designed for undergraduate college students that have completed their sophomore year.  Interns work with day camp and resident camp (overnight) programs for middle and high school students.  This is a paid opportunity and college credit may also be arranged through the student’s college or university.

Tanganyika Wildlife Park (in Kansas) offers an Education Internship program.  The program requires at least a 6 week commitment and 20 hours (or more) of work each week.  Interns lead guided tours for community and youth groups, present educational programs both on and off site, handle small animals, supervise volunteers, and assist with curriculum development.  Applicants should have excellent public speaking and customer service skills.  This is an unpaid opportunity and housing is not provided.

Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education Center (in Oregon) offers a Wildlife Education Internship program.  Internships run for a minimum of 8 weeks with a full 40 hour commitment each week.  Wildlife interns lead tours, give presentations both on and off site, assist with animal care (primarily for birds of prey), develop educational materials, and assist with youth summer camps.  Internships are unpaid; furnished housing is available at the cost of $25 per week.

The Wildlife In Need Center (in Wisconsin) offers a variety of internship opportunities including an Environmental Education and Communications Internship in summer and fall.  Education interns provide on site educational programs, create educational materials, update website information, research topics for new educational efforts, and assist with administrative duties in the office.

  A small stipend is available to interns who work full-time hours and housing arrangements may be possible.  College credit hours may also be available with prior notice.

Additional opportunities of interest may be found on our zoo internship, marine animal internship, animal behavior internship, or animal welfare internship listings.