Interns performing various jobs for the zoo

Internship Opportunities


Lincoln Park Zoo offers a variety of internships year-round, the majority of which occur during the summer. These knowledge- and skill-based opportunities provide practical, real-world experience. Our competitive internships offer the chance to work alongside Animal Care staff, researchers, and other professionals to give a holistic view of zoo operations.

In addition to gaining authentic work experience, our program provides the following:

  • Intern-exclusive career panels to hear from industry professionals
  • Social events to network with interns outside of your assigned department
  • Access to the zoo’s professional development resources, including our online learning management system and real-time professional development presentations
  • Job shadowing opportunities for departments outside of your selected internship area (as available)
  • Discounts on dining, parking, and Gift Shop purchases
  • And memories that will last a lifetime!

Unless otherwise stated, internships are open to current students or recent graduates.

Lincoln Park Zoo welcomes applications from people who identify as disabled, Deaf, or chronically ill. Please contact to request materials in an alternate format or any other accommodations throughout the process.

Opportunities for Teens

The zoo offers specific internship, apprenticeship, and volunteer positions for high school students.

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Interns pose for a photo at Nature Boardwalk

Frequently Asked Questions

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Will I interact with the animals?

Most interns do not directly interact with animals. Internships that involve fieldwork, such as the Nature Boardwalk internship, have direct contact with wildlife found outside the zoo, such as turtles, snakes, amphibians, and black-crowned night herons. ZooMonitor and animal behavior and enrichment interns are involved with monitoring animal behavior, which sometimes allows them closer, but not direct, access to animals in their habitats. However, interns experience special opportunities to learn more about career paths associated with animal care, like behind-the-scenes tours and presentations from zoo professionals.

Is school credit available for internships?

Yes, we encourage students to seek school credit for their internship. All Lincoln Park Zoo internships are eligible for school credit; however, students must check with their school program to see if their internship would qualify at their school.

How long is zoo orientation?

Zoo orientation is a day-long program that all volunteers, interns, and staff members attend. It is typically held on Mondays, but a handful are offered on Saturdays during the spring.

Do I have to wear a uniform?

Most interns wear business casual clothing, but interns working in the field or alongside keeper staff will wear the zoo uniform, which is a green polo and khaki pants.

Do you provide parking?

All interns receive free parking in the zoo’s Cannon Drive parking lot throughout the course of their internship.

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