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, conservation 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.

Summer (May-August) Application Deadline: April 1st

Fall (September – December) Application Deadline: August 1st 

Spring (January – April) Application Deadline: November 15th


Events & Special Projects Intern


Help us plan our public and private events for 2020! From large public events, private events, and everything behind the scenes— you’ll take part in creating the FUN here at the zoo! The Events and Special Projects Internship is a part-time position (20- 30 hours).

All Majors are welcome to apply.

As an intern, you’ll be an integral part of our Events Team. Explore all aspects of what it takes to put on an event from setup/tear-down; communicating with staff, volunteers, and event partners; banquet service and more!

How to apply: Email a cover letter, resume to Carolyn Fabro at Incomplete applications will not be accepted. 

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 in handling education animals.

Please submit your application for the education internship here.

Additional Requirements: Send resume and cover letter electronically to:

Education: Centennial 

Potter Park Zoo - 100 Years

Be a part of Potter Park Zoo’s Centennial Celebration!

Help us tell the story of our journey to become a modern zoo through the development and implementation of activities for children to complement themes of current zoo practices in animal care, education, and conservation. Collecting stories of the zoo’s impact on the community will also be a part of this internship.

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

Please submit your application for the Centennial 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 graphic design, social media, photo and video, press releases, blog writing, newsletters, marketing, journalism, website management/design and more!

Click here to see the 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.