Teen Experiences and Job Shadowing

Teen program participants at Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo offers a variety of summer programs geared specifically to teens! Interested in conducting research? Ever wondered what it’s like to work at a zoo? Enjoy teaching others? The following four programs cover all these interests. Compensation and time commitment vary by program.

ZIP teen interns at Lincoln Park Zoo

Malott Family Zoo Intern Program
Chicago high school students ages 15–18 work as interpreters on zoo grounds, informing guests about animal science and conservation during an educational eight-week paid internship. Applicants must be entering grades 10, 11 or 12 or freshman year in college.

Research Apprenticeship Program teen interns at Lincoln Park Zoo

Research Apprenticeship Program
Chicago area high school students ages 16–18 have the opportunity to spend eight weeks working alongside zoo scientists during this educational paid apprenticeship. Applicants must be entering grades 11 or 12.

Career Explorers teen interns at Lincoln Park Zoo

Career Explorers
Chicago area high school students ages 16–18 spend three weeks immersed in different career paths at the zoo, from biologist to graphic designer. A stipend is provided for this educational job shadowing program. Applicants must be entering grades 11 or 12.

Teen volunteer working with kids at Lincoln Park Zoo's summer Conservation Camp

Camp Teen Volunteer
Chicago area high school students ages 13–18 spend three weeks educating children while being mentored by instructors during the zoo’s Conservation Camp for preK–fourth graders. This is an unpaid educational service-learning opportunity. For students entering grades 9–12.

How to Apply

To apply for a program:

  1. Complete the teen programs application and rank the programs you’d like to apply for in order of your interest.
  2. Submit your high school transcript and two letters of recommendation. You may provide this form to whomever you wish to write your letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation and transcripts should be faxed or postal mailed to:

Education Department
Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Fax: 312-742-2040

Transcripts and letters of recommendation may also be e-mailed directly to educationprograms@lpzoo.org.

The deadline for all applications, transcripts, and letters of recommendation is April 25, 2014. All materials must be post-marked by this date. Applications are considered incomplete until all components have been received. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact the education programs assistant by phone at 312-742-2056 or e-mail at educationprograms@lpzoo.org.

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Career Explorers teens at Lincoln Park Zoo

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High school students from throughout the city immerse themselves in summer internships that connect them to zoo experts and various aspects of the zoo’s operations.

Malott Family Zoo Intern Program participant

Summer Jobs 2013
The zoo offers students the opportunity to try their hands at careers in conservation, education and care. From trapping turtles to planning the perfect wedding, our interns share their summer experiences.