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.

Apply Now!

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.

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

Questions? Learn more at Contact us at 312-742-2056 or

The Research Apprenticeship Program is generously supported by the Caerus Foundation.

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