The National Zoo provides the opportunity for interns to gain experience in the zoo keeping field by participating in daily animal keeper activities, which include husbandry, nutrition, enrichment, training, and visitor education. American Trail is seeking applicants for the summer 2014 semester internship. This area houses a diverse pinniped collection, wolves, river otters, beavers, and birds.
A three and a half month internship is available for summer 2014 (May 1 through August 15). Reasonable exceptions may be made in order to coordinate with university schedules.
Applications must be submitted by March 8, 2014.
This is an unpaid internship. College credit is offered if desired; intern is responsible for obtaining necessary approvals from their university. Intern will be responsible for all transportation costs and personal health insurance.
The intern will make his or her own housing arrangements in the Washington, D.C. area. Parking is not provided to National Zoo interns. Public transportation is strongly suggested and readily available in the D.C. area.
Go to www.si.edu/ofi and select “Apply” from the list on the left. Click the link “Smithsonian On Line Academic Appointment System (SOLAA) and then “New to SOLAA? Create an Account.”
When you complete the information to create an account, you will get a screen where you select the type of appointment you are interested in. You will select “Internship.” Then you will select the unit you are interested in, “National Zoological Park.” Then you will select the Program you are interested in, “National Zoological Park Internship Program.”
Finally, once you begin completing the application, you will indicate the Project (= to department) you are interested in, “Rock Creek – American Trail.” Your application is considered complete when you hit “Submit” and when your references have been received (your SOLAA submitted application and references must be received by the deadline as noted above). Information that will be requested (in SOLAA) includes:
Email Chelsea Grubb regarding the American Trail internship. Phones calls will NOT be accepted.