Research Apprenticeship Program

Teen interns trapping turtles at Nature Boardwalk for Lincoln Park Zoo's 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.

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

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