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 programs cover all these interests. Compensation and time commitment vary by program.

The Conservation Ambassadors Board will let Chicago teens learn about Lincoln Park Zoo conservation projects and then plan special events to share this work with their peers, developing leadership skills and zoo-career knowledge in the process!

Conservation Ambassadors Board
Share zoo conservation work by planning special events for peers! This program is a full school year commitment, with board members meeting twice a month on Saturdays from September-May. This is an unpaid educational service-learning opportunity for students in grades 9-12.

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 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.

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

The application deadline for the summer 2015 teen programs has passed.

Questions? Learn more at www.lpzoo.org/teens. Contact us at 312-742-2056 or educationprograms@lpzoo.org.

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Career Explorers teens at Lincoln Park Zoo

Not Just a Summer Job
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.