Research Apprenticeship Program
Engaging Youth in Conservation Research
The Research Apprenticeship Program provides Chicago-area high school students the opportunity to spend eight weeks working alongside zoo researchers and engaging in authentic research experiences. Past participants have helped Urban Wildlife Institute scientists monitoring biodiversity at Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo and learned about measuring animals’ stress and reproductive levels through hormonal analysis at the zoo’s Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology.
Research Apprenticeship Program Details:
As apprentices, participating youth will learn more about this career path while gaining experience in conservation research activities. The program will provide apprentices with support to fully integrate the experience into their academic goals, career plans and areas of personal strength.
Requirements for eligibility:
- City of Chicago resident
- Entering grades 11 or 12
- Between the ages of 16–18
- Legally able to work in the United States.
Compensation and time commitment: Hourly pay/8 weeks during the summer.
Applications and supplemental materials are due April 17, 2015, for the summer 2015 season.
Attend a Free Info Session to Learn More!
Attend one of the free info sessions listed below to learn more about this opportunity and other summer experiences for teens at Lincoln Park Zoo. Former participants and program facilitators will be present to answer questions.
Thursday, February 26, 4–5:30 p.m.
Back of the Yards Library
2111 W. 47th Street
Tuesday, March 3, 4–5:30 p.m.
YOUmedia Space, Harold Washington Library
400 S. State Street
Monday, March 9, 4:30–6 p.m.
Rudy Lozano Library Branch
1805 S. Loomis Street
Saturday, March 14, 1–3 p.m.
Lincoln Park Zoo, Judy Keller Education Center
Lake Shore Drive at Fullerton Parkway
Wednesday, March 18, 4–5:30 p.m.
Richard M. Daley Library Branch
733 N. Kedzie Avenue
Saturday, March 21, 1–2:30 p.m.
Bessie Coleman Library Branch
731 E. 63rd Street
The Research Apprenticeship Program is generously supported by the Caerus Foundation.
Increase Youth Awareness of Science Careers