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Blank Park Zoo

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The Blank Park Zoo internship program offers a variety of internships in the Spring, Summer, and Fall.

Animal Care - Avian/Reptile, Aquatics, Carnivore/Primates, Education, Large Mammals, Small Mammals

Commissary - animal nutrition and diet preparation

Conservation - in-situ and ex-situ conservation programming for Zoos & Aquariums

Social Media - marketing and social media practices for Zoos & Aquariums

Internships are open to hard working, motivated candidates who are 18 or older, currently enrolled in college and receiving credit for the internship, and are considering a career in the Zoo field. Internships are nonpaid; housing and transportation are the responsibility of the intern.

2019 Intern dates are as follows: Application Deadlines: Spring: Jan. 19 - May 3, 2019 Spring: Nov. 1 Summer: May 22 - Aug. 9, 2019 Summer: Mar. 1 Fall: Aug.29 - Dec. 6, 2019 Fall: July 1

To apply, please send in the following information: Intern Application, Resume, and Cover Letter. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.

Intern applications can be sent to: Christine Eckles, Director of Volunteers & Guest Engagement, 7401 SW 9 th St, Des Moines, IA 50315 or email:

Intern Applications are located on our website:

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