College & High School Internship Program


The Mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by engaging people and communities with wildlife and nature.  We live our mission through our core values.

Brookfield Zoo

Opened in 1934, Brookfield Zoo is managed by the Chicago Zoological Society and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The Chicago Zoological Society is committed to developing people’s capacities and competencies, serving as a mentor and trainer, providing experiential learning opportunities to individuals seeking to understand, develop, and establish careers in the fields of zoology and conservation.

In fulfilling this role, the Society has a long-standing internship program that has been recognized as one of the top programs for college students in the country. The program, established in 1975, was one of the first in the nation to allow students pursuing careers in animal care the opportunity to work side by side with professional zookeepers, learning the skills and techniques necessary to manage exotic zoo animals. Since that time, the internship program has evolved to include work study and research opportunities in a variety of areas and fields.

Internships are offered three times a year: Winter (January - April), Summer (May - August) and Fall (September - December) and applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. 

These opportunities offer you:

- Mentoring and Coaching
- Professional Training
- Hands-on, relevant, real experience
- Unique experiences in a diverse setting

 

Learn More about our Different Internship Opportunities

Animal Care Specialist
Internships

Animal Care Specialist internships are available with a variety of animals: Large animals, domestics, small mammals, aviculture (birds), reptiles, ungulates (hoofstock), amphibians, marine mammals, aquatics, and zoo nutrition. Specific opportunities vary term to term based on department needs. 
 

Specialty Internships
 

It takes more than expert animal care to run the Chicago Zoological Society. From our award-winning education programs, to marketing, to event planning and fundraising, the zoo is made up of many teams with a wide variety of talents. Specialty internships are a great way to gain experience in a uniquely professional and conservation-focused setting. 

Vet Tech Internships
 

Students currently pursuing a veterinary technician certificate that are interested in working within the zoo and aquatics field are invited to apply for placement in the zoo's veterinary hospital. Specific opportunities vary term to term.


Fox College and Joliet Junior College vet tech students may apply for spring term.

Learn More About
Vet Tech Internships & Externships

NEW: Remote Internship Opportunities

No need to live locally in order to intern in one of these remote positions. These opportunities utilize various forms of technology to get the job done. These positions are very flexible and are a great way to grow your professional experience without needing to relocate or commute.

King Conservation Science Scholars
 

During the summer term, a limited number of high school internships are available exclusively to our King Conservation Science Scholars participants and alumni. If you're currently in high school and interested in becoming a King Scholar, check out our King Scholars program to learn more about this exciting college and career readiness program and the many amazing opportunities you could be a part of, including internships!
 

Current Internship Opportunities

In light of current events, our onsite internship program has been suspended indefinitely in order to comply with health regulations and for the safety of participants, staff, and animals alike. Please check back frequently for updates and new opportunities, including new remote opportunities! 

 

Information Technology Administrative Internship

Current accepting applications for: Fall 2021
Location: Remote/Work from home
Pay Rate: Unpaid

This position contributes to the success of the Chicago Zoological Society by promptly and effectively completing administrative needs related to technical support requests by CZS users and technical support groups within the Information Technology Department in accordance with Society policies and Information Technology (“IT”) procedures and guidelines.

 

Marine Mammal Curatorial Intern

Current accepting applications for: Fall 2021
Location: Remote/Work from home
Pay Rate: Unpaid

This position contributes to the success of the Chicago Zoological Society by assisting the Marine Mammal curator with various daily duties as necessary research, literature reviews, and data entry projects, via remote access.

 

Digital Content Internship

Current accepting applications for: Fall 2021
Location: Remote/Work from home
Pay Rate: Unpaid

This position contributes to the success of the Chicago Zoological Society by amplifying our message about animal conservation, providing extraordinary guest experience, and informing guests and members about all of the opportunities, events, and experiences available here.

 

Education Research and Evaluation Intern

Current accepting applications for: Fall 2021
Location: Remote/Work from home
Pay Rate: Unpaid

This position contributes to the success of the Chicago Zoological Society by helping to evaluate a variety of services and programs offered by Brookfield Zoo, such as guest engagement, level of guest satisfaction, success of programming, and our guests’ connections to animals and nature.

 
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Questions?  Send us an e-mail us at 
interns@czs.org