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Zoology Internship

Internships are available for motivated persons that have completed at least two years of college coursework, or college graduates seeking on the job experience. Interns will gain valuable experience working with animals under the guidance of zoo keeper professionals. This exciting and challenging program offers the opportunity to supplement and apply classroom knowledge.


Responsibilities include:

Exhibit/ enclosure maintenance

Food preparation and distribution

Animal observation and documentation

Animal handling

Animal enrichment and training

Interaction with the public



Applicants must have completed at least 2 years of college and have an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions.

Able to tolerate strong odors such as hay, dust and animal hair/fur/dander.

Current tetanus vaccination and willing to have annual TB screening done.

Keeper internships are physically demanding. Interns must be able to work in small spaces or in awkward positions that require bending or stretching and be able to safely lift 50 lbs.


Keeper internships consist of a scheduled work week to be determined by the supervisor and intern.  Internships are generally 16 weeks long.  A minimum commitment of 30 hours per week is required (considerations may be made for students attending classes).  Interns must be flexible with their schedule and have the ability to work weekdays, weekends and holidays.

All positions are unpaid with no housing or transportation provided.

To Apply:

Please submit the following:

Application (Link available below.)

Cover letter

2 letters of recommendation

A copy of your unofficial transcript


Mail your submission to:

Red River Zoo

Attn: Nicole Lee, General Curator

4255 23rd Ave S

Fargo, ND 58104

Applications must be postmarked by the following dates for the following sessions:

Summer (May – August) – April 1st

Fall (September – December) – July 15th

Winter (January – April) – November 15th

Questions about our Zoology Internship program should be directed to Nicole Lee, our General Curator.