Pursuing a career in the zoo field? Potter Park Zoo offers unpaid internships for college credit in animal related fields as well as those interested in education, hospitality, horticulture and media/graphic design.

All internships have the same application deadlines! 

Please follow the specific directions for applying for your desired internship in the table below.                    *Hospitality and Horticulture internships are only offered for the Summer semester. 

Summer Application Deadline: April 1st 

Fall Application Deadline: August 1st 

Spring Application Deadline: November 15th


Animal Care

Potter Park Zoo is offering the chance to participate in an unpaid internship with our animal department for college credit. This is a unique opportunity to work alongside seasonal animal care staff and gain valuable experience.

Those seeking animal related internships are asked to read Potter Park Zoo’s animal care internship description and requirements. 

Please submit your application for the animal internship here.


The Potter Park Zoo Education Department is offering unpaid full and part-time internships. Duties may include developing programs and/or activities under the guidance of education department staff, research, data entry, and additional department projects as assigned. For interns that qualify, there may be some occasional paid opportunities to serve as hosts for overnights or working with our Zookambi summer camp program.

Please Note: Education Department interns do not participate in animal husbandry, nor do they have contact with exhibit animals. However, interns will have the opportunity to gain experience handling education animals.

Please submit your application for the education internship here.

Additional Requirements: Send resume and cover letter electronically to:

Media & Design

Explore all aspects of what it takes to communicate our mission of “inspiring conservation of animals and the natural world” both internally and externally through social media, photo and video, graphic design, press releases, blog writing, newsletters, marketing, journalism, website management/design and more!

Click here to see description and requirements of this amazing internship.

Click here to submit your online application for the Media & Design internship. 

Additional Requirements: Email a cover letter, resume, online portfolio (including photo, video and graphic design if applicable) and writing sample (if applicable) to Kaiti Chritz at Incomplete applications will not be accepted. 






This opportunity is aimed at getting students field experience in developing, installing, and maintaining various garden projects in a Zoo setting with special emphasis on conservation. The second focus of the internship is to develop and implement public education to share the important role of native plants, pollinator gardens, and rain gardens in conserving the natural world. Intern work will be supervised by the Parks Manager/Horticulturalist and other staff.

Click here to see the brochure on this amazing new opportunity!

Please submit your application for the horticulture internship here.

Additional Requirements: Submit resumes and cover letters to Megan Weidman at 


From large public events, private events, and everything behind the scenes— you’ll take part in creating the FUN here at the zoo! Interns will be involved in the overall development of our private and public events including such favorites as Zoo Days and Boo at the Zoo. Internship schedule will include some evening/weekend work in correlation with event dates.

Click here to see the brochure on this amazing new opportunity!

Please submit your application by emailing a cover letter, resume and writing sample to with the subject line “Hospitality Internship Application”