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Internship Program

The Internship Program at the Zoo In Forest Park provides an array of opportunities for college students to acquire hands-on experience working with exotic and indigenous animal species. The zoo provides opportunities to conduct research and field studies, and gives practical experience in developing research methods, and communication and teaching skills.

Interns work closely with the animal care staff, our education and administrative staff, adult volunteers, and Junior Zookeepers. Interns may conduct educational programs and workshops in collaboration with the Education Department, while they gain confidence through public speaking.

Individual fields of interest and the exploration of original ideas are enthusiastically encouraged and supported.

Application Procedure

Education Internship Application .pdf


Animal Care Internship Application.pdf


Please fill out the application and return at least four weeks before the start of your school session.

Submit all forms and inquiries to:

Zoo in Forest Park and Education Center
P.O. Box 80295
Springfield, MA 01138

An interview is required before acceptance into the program. Please call the Director of Education at 413-733-2251 x305 with any questions or concerns you may have.

Internships may include work in many areas including, but not limited to:

  • animal diets and nutrition
  • zoo exhibit design
  • animal enrichment activities
  • giving Zoo On The Go presentations in schools and at other locations
  • historical documentation,
  • grant writing
  • marketing and development

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