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Internship Programs

Limited opportunities for college students and graduates are available for internships at Zoo Miami and Zoo Miami Foundation. Unless noted below, internships are unpaid.

Animal Health Program

This internship is designed to allow participants who desire a career in veterinary medicine or animal nutrition to gain hands on experience in a zoological setting. The interns will not only be exposed to the daily tasks of vets, vet techs and keepers working in their sections but also educated in the areas of vet medicine, nutrition, husbandry, training, enrichment, biology, conservation and record keeping. It is our goal to offer a dynamic internship to individuals who have chosen a career in animal health of zoological animals.

Description: The internship at Zoo Miami is designed for college students or recent graduates interested in multi-species animal health. This internship is unpaid. Interns must commit to a minimum of 520 hours over a semester (including but not limited to weekends and holidays). 

Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be a U.S. resident
  • Must be currently enrolled in college or recent college graduate
  • Must provide cover letter, resume and college transcripts
  • Must provide professional and/or academic references
  • Must be able to afford housing, food and transportation to Zoo Miami
  • Must have good communication skills, written and verbal
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs and be in good physical condition
  • Must provide a current negative TB test prior to internship start date
  • Must submit to background check and fingerprint screening at designated county facility

Although this internship will better equip individuals for a job in the animal health field, this internship does not guarantee employment with Zoo Miami or Miami-Dade County. 

All applicants will be notified upon receipt of all materials. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.  Selected applicants will be contacted by the coordinator of their acceptance and notified by Human Resources for further processing. 

Internship Application Deadlines:

Semester Applications Accepted Application Deadlines
Summer (May-Aug.) Jan. 10 - March 10 March 10
Fall (Sept.-Dec.) May 10 - July 10 July 10
Spring (Jan.-April) Sept. 10 - Nov. 10 Nov. 10

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume along with the internship application form (below).


Submit Documents to: ZMInternships@miamidade.gov

Area

Description​ ​​​​​​(But not limited to)

# of Interns Accepted
Animal Nutrition Involved in all aspects of the daily routine in the Animal Nutrition Center, which may include diet preparation, food item stocking and inventory, food safety and sanitation, diet record keeping, diet analysis, nutritional monitoring and evaluation of animals, diet formulation, body condition scoring, food item sampling, food enrichment, necropsies, data entry, and nutrition-related research and observation.  2
Hospital and Quarantine Assist in all aspects of the daily routine in the veterinary hospital which may include processing laboratory samples, handling tissues, participating in animal immobilizations, necropsies, learning and applying proper disinfection and sterilization techniques. Duties also include cleaning of cages, yards and holding areas; preparing and distributing diets, data entry, monitoring health and welfare of assigned animals, animal handling and restraint, animal record keeping, research and observation and other related tasks. 2

Animal Science Program

This internship is designed to allow participants who desire a career in animal care to gain hands on experience in a zoological setting. The interns will not only be exposed to the daily tasks of keepers working in their sections but also educated in the areas of husbandry, training, enrichment, biology, conservation and record keeping. It is our goal to offer a dynamic internship to individuals who have chosen a career in husbandry and management of zoological animals.

Description: The internship at Zoo Miami is designed for college students or recent graduates interested in multi-species animal care. This internship is unpaid. Interns must commit to a minimum of 480 hours over a 16-week period (including but not limited to weekends and holidays). 

Requirements:

  • At least 18 years old
  • A U.S. resident
  • Currently enrolled in college or recent college graduate
  • Provide cover letter and resume
  • Provide professional and/or academic references
  • Able to afford housing, food and transportation to Zoo Miami
  • Good communication skills, written and verbal
  • Able to lift at least 50 lbs and be in good physical condition
  • Provide a current negative TB test prior to internship start date
  • Must submit to background check and fingerprint screening at designated Miami-Dade county facility

Although this internship will better equip individuals for a job in the zookeeping field, this internship does not guarantee employment with Zoo Miami or Miami-Dade County. 

All applicants will be notified upon receipt of all materials. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.  Selected applicants will be contacted by the coordinator of their acceptance and notified by Human Resources for further processing. 

Internship Application Deadlines:

Semester Applications Accepted Application Deadlines
Summer (May-Aug.) Jan. 1 - Feb. 10 Feb. 10
Fall (Sept.-Dec.) May 10 - June 10 June 10
Spring (Jan.-April) Sept. 10 - Oct. 10 Oct. 10

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and internship application (below).

Submit Documents to: ASInternships@miamidade.gov

AREA

SPECIES INCLUDED:

(But not limited to)

# OF INTERNS ACCEPTED
Africa 1 Giraffe, zebra, sable antelope, pygmy hippopotamus, kudu, oryx, addax, okapi, eland, bongo, slenderhorn 3
Africa 2 African painted dog, spotted hyena, Somali wild ass, gorilla, chimpanzee, lion, tiger,  Malayan tapir  2
Africa 3 Asian elephant, African elephant, black rhino, greater one-horned rhino, banteng 7
Amazon & Beyond (Atlantic) Bats, jaguar, giant anteater, giant river otter, guanaco, rhea, spider monkey, squirrel monkey, howler monkey 2
Amazon & Beyond (Flooded) Harpy eagle, a variety of waterfowl, passerines, other softbills as well as small primates and reptiles 2
Amazon & Beyond (Cloud)

Reptiles, amphibians, fish, turtles, snakes, Orinoco crocodile

1
Ambassador Animals 1

Animal Encounters - meerkats, fennec fox, red fox, prehensile tailed porcupine, psittacines, birds of prey, camel, snakes, various reptiles, domestic hoofstock

4
Ambassador Animals 2 Wildlife presentation and animal encounters - cheetah, serval, birds of prey, large snakes, psittacines, binturong, coatimundi, African crested porcupine, other small mammals 4
Asia 1 Anoa, orangutan, gibbon, siamang, clouded leopard, Asian small clawed river otter, gaur, camels, lemur, sloth bear, Cuban crocodile 3
Asia 2 Aviary, starling, bird brooder, komodo dragon, crocodiles, caiman, iguana 2
Australia Koala, tree kangaroo, emu, singing dog, warthog, red river hog, duiker, babirusa 2
Florida: Mission Everglades American alligator, bobcat, grey fox, raccoon, American crocodile, bald eagle, caracara, flamingo, panther, bear, song birds, wading birds  3

Conservation Education Program

Seeking interns to assist with community engagement and conservation education programs. Potential intern projects include working with school education programs, citizen science programs, and zoo camp with the opportunity for animal handling training with our Critter Connection animal ambassadors. Please contact Stephanie Cadaval (ccadaval@zoomiami.org) for more information.

Development & Fundraising Program

Activities include data entry, donor gift fulfillment, folding and stuffing for mailings, donor research, and other development-related activities as needed. Ability to assist with weekend and evening events is a plus. Must be detail-oriented and able to use Microsoft Office. Contact Jamie Lassonde (jlassonde@zoomiami.org).

Horticulture Program

The Horticulture department is currently seeking applicants who desire a career in Zoological Horticulture. Zoo Miami covers over 350 developed acres and over 600 total acres. The interns will not only be exposed to the daily tasks of the horticulture teams by working in their sections but they will also be educated in the areas of Zoo landscape architecture and paddock design. It is our goal to offer a dynamic internship to individuals who have chosen a career in Zoological Horticulture who would like to gain firsthand experience in a dynamic facility with a multitude of systems. Zoo Miami’s Horticulture professional intern program is designed to provide qualified students with the opportunity to further their knowledge through practical hands on work experience.

Description: The internship at Zoo Miami is designed for college students or recent graduates interested in Landscape design, maintenance and park operation. This internship is unpaid. Interns must commit to a minimum of 384 hours over a 16-week period including but not limited to weekends and holidays. 

Responsibilities:

  • Daily check-in with assistant manager for job assignments
  • Clerical office work
  • Assist with plant and tree inventory
  • Plant ID, tagging and GPS
  • Volunteer supervision

Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be currently enrolled in college or recent college graduate
  • Must provide cover letter, resume and college transcripts
  • Must provide professional and/or academic references
  • Must be able to afford housing, food and transportation to Zoo Miami
  • Must have good communication skills, written and verbal
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs and be in good physical condition
  • Must submit to background check and fingerprint screening at designated county facility

Although this internship will better equip individuals for a job in the horticulture field, this internship does not guarantee employment with Zoo Miami or Miami-Dade County. 

All applicants will be notified upon receipt of all materials. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.  Selected applicants will be contacted by the coordinator of their acceptance and notified by Human Resources for further processing. 

Semester Applications Accepted Application Deadlines
Summer (May-Aug.) Feb. 10 - March 10 March 10
Fall (Sept.-Dec.) May 10 - July 10 July 10
Spring (Jan.-April) Sept. 10 - Nov. 10 Nov. 10

Please note- Animal interactions are limited.

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume along with the internship application form (below)

Submit Documents to: ZMInternships@miamidade.gov

AREA

INCLUDES:

(But not limited to)

# OF INTERNS ACCEPTED
Horticulture Assist the horticulture department with daily landscape operations. To include general maintenance, paddock design, plant ID, GIS, tree inventory, landscape inspections, special events prep. 2

Infrastructure & Construction Program

The Infrastructure / Construction Division is currently seeking applicants who desire a career in Construction Management and Facility Management. Zoo Miami covers over 350 developed acres and over 600 total acres. The interns will not only be exposed to the daily tasks of the Construction and Trades teams by working in their sections but they will also be educated in the areas of system design thru facility functionality and maintenance. It is our goal to offer a dynamic internship to individuals who have chosen a career in Construction, Facility Maintenance and Professional Engineering Design who would like to gain firsthand experience in a dynamic facility with a multitude of systems.

Description: The internship at Zoo Miami is designed for college students or recent graduates interested in Construction Management, Facility Management and Professional Engineering Design. This internship is unpaid. Interns must commit to a minimum of 384 hours over a 16-week period including but not limited to weekends and holidays.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist Trades Supervisor in work order management
  • Assist Construction Manager with daily construction activities
  • Clerical office work
  • Assist in trouble shooting systems
  • Meet with at least three different zoo divisions

Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be currently enrolled in college or recent college graduate
  • Must provide cover letter, resume and college transcripts
  • Must provide professional and/or academic references
  • Must be able to afford housing, food and transportation to Zoo Miami
  • Must have good communication skills, written and verbal
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs and be in good physical condition
  • Must submit to background check and fingerprint screening at designated county facility

Although this internship will better equip individuals for a job in the construction / facility management field, this internship does not guarantee employment with Zoo Miami or Miami-Dade County. 

All applicants will be notified upon receipt of all materials. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.  Selected applicants will be contacted by the coordinator of their acceptance and notified by Human Resources for further processing. 

Semester Applications Accepted Application Deadlines
Summer (May-Aug.) Feb. 10 - March 10 March 10
Fall (Sept.-Dec.) May 10 - July 10 July 10
Spring (Jan.-April) Sept. 10 - Nov. 10 Nov. 10

Please note- Animal interactions are limited.

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume along with the internship application form (below)

Submit Documents to: ZMInternships@miamidade.gov

AREA

INCLUDES:

(But not limited to)

# OF INTERNS ACCEPTED

Infrastructure/ Construction

Assist the Construction and Trades department with the day-to-daytasks such as; work order management, construction activities,  clerical office work, troubleshooting systems, education in the areas  of system design thru facility functionality and maintenance, all  while providing exceptional customer service. 2

Sales & Events Program

The Sales and Events Team is currently seeking applicants who desire a career in Hospitality Management and Tourism. Zoo Miami caters to approximately one million guests annually. The interns will not only be exposed to the daily tasks of the Sales and Events team by working in their sections but they will also be educated in the areas of park operations. It is our goal to offer a dynamic internship to individuals who have chosen a career in Hospitality and Tourism and would like to gain firsthand experience in an attraction/ zoo setting.

Description: The internship at Zoo Miami is designed for college students or recent graduates interested in Sales, Events and park operation. This internship is unpaid. Interns must commit to a minimum of 384 hours over a 16-week period including but not limited to weekends and holidays.

Responsibilities:

  • Group check-in
  • Clerical office work
  • Assist in execution of events
  • Meet with at least five different zoo divisions
  • Participate in lectures on customer service, park operations, etc.

Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be currently enrolled in college or recent college graduate
  • Must provide cover letter, resume and college transcripts
  • Must provide professional and/or academic references
  • Must be able to afford housing, food and transportation to Zoo Miami
  • Must have good communication skills, written and verbal
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs and be in good physical condition
  • Must submit to background check and fingerprint screening at designated county facility

Although this internship will better equip individuals for a job in the hospitality field, this internship does not guarantee employment with Zoo Miami or Miami-Dade County.

All applicants will be notified upon receipt of all materials. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.  Selected applicants will be contacted by the coordinator of their acceptance and notified by Human Resources for further processing.

Internship Application Deadlines:

Semester Applications Accepted Application Deadlines
Fall (Sept.-Dec.) May 10 - July 10 July 10
Spring (Jan.-April) Sept. 10 - Nov. 10 Nov. 10
Summer (May-Aug.) Jan. 10 - March 10 March 10

Please note- Animal interactions are limited.

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume along with the internship application form (below)

Submit Documents to: ZMInternships@miamidade.gov

Special Events Program

Interns working with the Special Events Manager will be working under the Marketing department to assist in a variety of fundraising projects and events. Duties may include vendor research, such as getting quotes, production of sponsorship proposal packets, assisting with décor, volunteers, and other organizational aspects of the event. This is an ideal opportunity to gain knowledge and develop skills in special event planning. Must be able to work 15 hours per week. Good organizational skills and attention to detail is a must. Advanced computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Windows, and other related computer programs necessary. Contact Nathalie Batista (nbatista@zoomiami.org).

Marketing & Public Relations Program (Closed)

We are sorry to inform you that we are currently not accepting any internship applications until further notice.

Zoo Miami Foundation Marketing and Public Relations interns will be involved in general marketing tasks and special projects.  They will learn about event planning and implementation, how to conduct visitor surveys, write press releases or stories, assemble press kits, maintain a press clippings book, and research. This is an ideal opportunity to gain practical experience for a career in the field and further cultivate their skills through a real-life work experience.  This internship will help them acquire marketing skills and provide them with knowledge of various marketing strategies. Ultimately, they will gain broad experience in marketing and should be prepared to enter any fast paced work environment. Marketing interns must be able to attend a minimum of 10 hours per week, including some weekends. Contact Andrea Obregon (aobregon@zoomiami.org).

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