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Summer Interns spend quality time with an African Penguin

The NEW Zoo is currently recruiting interns! This is a unique opportunity for students to gain practical experience in a zoological setting. Internships can be taken for academic credit, based on guidelines from your education institution. All internships are non-paid and duration varies.  Anyone over the age of 18 can participate in an internship, provided you have the right qualifications and dedication!  Preference is given to applicants looking to earn course credit when Internship opportunities are limited.

Zoo Education Department Internship Details

This internship is geared towards individuals interested in environmental education, working with children, and/or learning to care for and handle program animals. Interns will work closely with NEW Zoo volunteers, Educators, and the Education Programs Coordinator to gain valuable, hands-on experience in the following:

  • Program & curricula development
  • Program implementation on-site and off-site
  • Animal handling & presentation
  • Visitor interactions
  • Discovery Cart and exhibit interpretation
  • Clerical & organizational tasks
  • Special event coordination and marketing
  • Zookeeping and husbandry tasks
  • Other skills, as needed

Qualifications: Excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment. Enthusiasm about education, working with children, and a willingness to do public presentations are a necessity. Must be reliable, prompt, and detail-oriented. Must be able to work in all weather conditions.

Internship Requirements

All interns should dedicate a required number of hours to the NEW Zoo organization. We recommend 30 hours per week during Summer Internships (minimum of 300 hours total) and 15 hours per week during Fall and Spring semester Internships (minimum of 150 hours total).  Scheduling is flexible, however; we are willing to work with students to accommodate their class and work schedules as needed.  We have been able to accommodate interested individuals, who are dedicated and hard-working when here, on a more part-time basis during the summer season.

Interns must also complete an “Intern Project” to benefit the Zoo. Projects must be completed within thirty days after the last day of the student’s internship. Each intern will be assigned a project by the Education Programs Coordinator. Project assignments will vary and will be based on the intern’s skills and interests, as well as the needs of the NEW Zoo at the time of the internship.

Download the Application Here

NEW Zoo Internship Application

Application deadlines dates* are as follows:

  • April 7th: Summer Semester Internship (May-August)
  • July 20th:  Fall Semester Internship (August-January)
  • December 20th: Spring Semester Internship (January-May)

*If you have missed an application deadline, you MAY still be able to join the Internship program, depending on whether or not our Internship Training for the Semester has yet taken place. Contact the Education Coordinator to find out for sure

Applications should be submitted to the Education Coordinator in one of the following ways:

US Mail:

4418 Reforestation Road
Green Bay, WI 54313

Electronic Mail: