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Internships

Utah’s Hogle Zoo is committed to providing quality internship experiences throughout the organization. Our internships have been developed to give interns a realistic, educational experience in areas related to their major area of study and anticipated career path. Interns will receive support from industry professionals that understand the importance of hands-on, educational opportunities for aspiring zoo professionals. Internships are designed for current college students who have completed sophomore year or who have recently graduated from an accredited college or university. To be considered, all applicants must complete an online application. In addition to completing the application, a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript must be submitted at volunteeroffice@hoglezoo.org.

ANIMAL CARE INTERNS

Applicants should have a strong career interest in animal care/conservation and informal education in a zoological setting. Applicants should currently be enrolled in a college or university and have a minimum of one year of course work in a major field of study to be applied during the internship (biology, zoology, environmental science, or a related field.) or have recently graduated. Previous experience working with animals preferred for some intern positions.

The offered Animal Care/husbandry internships are an in-depth program requiring a 40-hour per week commitment for 12 weeks.

The Animal Care/Behavioral Programs internship is an in-depth program requiring a 24-hour per week commitment for 12 weeks.

Interns must be flexible with their schedule, and have the ability to work weekdays, weekends and holidays. Interns must be able to safely lift 50 pounds and enjoy working outdoors. Interns are required to provide proof of a Negative TB test and current Tetanus vaccine as well as pass a drug test and background check.

These positions are unpaid and there is no housing provided. Housing, travel expenses and transportation are the responsibilities of the intern.

Interns are required to complete a project and give a 15 minute presentation at the end of the internship for zoo staff. Interns are required to keep a weekly journal that will be shared with their supervisor and mentor. They will also be required to attend weekly educational classes.

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Animal Care Internships are available in the following areas:

  • African Savanna – This internship is geared towards college students and recent graduates who are interested in playing a direct role in caring for hoofstock and birds, including giraffe, Hartman’s mountain zebra, ostrich, warthog, guinea fowl, Turkmenian markhor, meerkats, African cape porcupines, and lions.
  • Animal Ambassadors This internship is geared towards college students and recent graduates who are interested in playing a direct role in caring for ambassador animals including small mammals, reptiles, invertebrates, amphibians, and birds.
  • Asian Highlands and Lions – This internship is geared towards college students and recent graduates who are interested in playing a direct role in caring for an assortment of felids both large and small, in addition to red pandas. Some experience working with or around large carnivores is preferred, but not required.
  • Elephant Encounter – This internship is geared towards college students and recent graduates who are interested in playing a direct role in caring for African Elephants, White Rhinos, and Bald Eagles.
  • Primates – This internship is geared towards college students and recent graduates who are interested in playing a direct role in caring for primates.
  • Rocky Shores– This internship is geared towards college students and recent graduates who are interested in playing a direct role in caring for Harbor Seals, California Sea Lions, and North American River Otters, as well as marine fish and invertebrates.
  • Small Animal Building– This internship is geared towards college students and recent graduates who are interested in playing a direct role in caring for a variety of birds, mammals, insects, reptiles, and amphibians.
  • Behavior and Enrichment –Utah’s Hogle Zoo’s Behavioral internship program is designed for college students interested in pursuing a career in animal behavior, enrichment, behavioral research, or other zoological professions to provide an individual with a practical learning experience while gaining valuable knowledge related to his/her career goals. This internship will focus on the support, development, and implementation of the Zoo’s behavioral husbandry program.
  • Commissary and Night Keeper – Utah’s Hogle Zoo’s commissary and night keeper internship is designed to allow an individual to learn about the wide variety of foods that our animals eat on a daily basis as well as the preparation that goes into making those diets. In the night keeper portion of the internship, you will shadow the night keepers as they go around to different areas of the zoo to give animals access to holding areas, feeding animals, and administering medications when needed.
  • Carnivore Nutrition  – This internship is geared towards college students and recent graduates who are interested in playing a direct role in understanding more about feeding strategies of carnivores at the zoo. The internship is in the Animal Care Department studying the effects of multiple feeding strategies for the zoos carnivore population. Interns will be working with keepers from a minimum of two different areas, focusing primarily on the zoo’s large obligate carnivores.

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CONSERVATION INTERNSHIPS         

Conservation Internship (Spring, Summer, or Fall)

The Conservation Intern will work with both our Wildlife Biologist and our Conservation Action Coordinator, with opportunities to shadow in both the animal care and education departments. Focus areas will include; increasing guest awareness of the conservation work conducted by Hogle Zoo, field-work, and Zoo-wide waste management and energy efficiency.

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EDUCATION INTERNSHIP  

Education Internship – This internship program is designed to provide learning opportunities and practical experience while gaining valuable knowledge relating to a career in informal education. The Education Intern will assist the Public Programs Coordinator with the daily preparation and facilitation of summer camps, and assist with a wide range of other educational duties.

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SPECIAL EVENTS INTERNSHIP

Special Events Internship – This internship program is designed to provide learning opportunities and practical experience while gaining valuable knowledge relating to a career in Special Events. The Special Events Intern will assist the Special Event Coordinators with the daily preparation and facilitation of revenue- generating public and private events, and assist with a wide range of other event duties.

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GRAPHICS INTERNSHIP

Graphics Internship This internship program is designed to provide project-based learning opportunities and practical experience while gaining valuable knowledge relating to a career in Graphic Design and Print Production. The Graphics Intern will assist the Creative Works Coordinator with the daily preparation and facilitation of graphic design, print production, sign maintenance, and various other art-related projects and duties.

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