Intern at the Zoo

Intern at the Zoo

Do you like to learn something new every day? Do you have a passion for animals and the environment? Do you enjoy being around people who share your passion?  Roger Williams Park Zoo may just be right for you! 

Internship Opportunities
Roger Williams Park Zoo offers a wide variety of internship programs, from veterinary and animal care to education, marketing and public relations, and more.  Our internships are unpaid, but offer valuable hands-on experience.  
Play Research Internship

Play Research Interns are valued members of the Our Big Backyard exhibit team within the Roger Williams Park Zoo. Our Big Backyard is a space dedicated to encouraging free play and nature exploration in young children. In this space, Interns are primarily responsible for conducting visitor studies through observation and facilitation of children’s play experiences. This is a volunteer position. It is unpaid and there is no housing provided.

Now Accepting Applications. Fall Application Deadline: rolling

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Conservation Internship 

Conservation interns will have the opportunity to learn and participate in conservation efforts of Frog Watch and American Burying Beetle conservation at Roger Williams Park Zoo with the mentorship of Conservation Director and Manager of Family Programs. This internship is designed to educate people interested in careers working in the fields of conservation, research, and citizen science. The 2018 Conservation Intern will have the unique opportunity to accompany the Director of Conservation on the first American Burying Beetle release on Nantucket since 2006. This is a volunteer position. It is unpaid and there is no housing provided. 

The Conservation Internship is undergoing some changes for the 2019 season. We will be recruiting soon! Please check back for more information or contact volunteer@rwpzoo.org.

Animal Care Internship

Interns participating in the Animal Care Internship are responsible for working directly with the Roger Williams Park Zoo animal care staff while rotating through each animal area. This internship is designed to educate people interested in careers working with animals and in the field of conservation. This is a volunteer position. It is unpaid and there is no housing provided. 

Now Accepting Applications. Spring Deadline: December 1st; Summer Deadline: March 1st; Fall Deadline: July 1st

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School Programs Internship

The School Programs Internship is designed for people interested in informal science education. School Programs Interns are supervised and mentored by School Programs staff.  Under the direct guidance of the School Programs staff, interns will learn how to promote a positive learning environment for students involved in the Zoo’s afterschool programs. Through the observation of School Programs Staff, mentorship of a School Programs Specialist and development and implementation of a lesson, interns will learn the skills necessary to pursue a career in the informal science education field. This is a volunteer position. It is unpaid and there is no housing provided.

Now accepting applications. Deadline: rolling

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