Be part of the team creating a new exhibit at the National Zoo! The Zoo is renovating the Bird House and surrounding area, themed on bird migration, to provide an outstanding visitor experience, world-class animal care and sustainable and efficient operations. The multidisciplinary team is offering a learning experience for an intern interesting in gaining firsthand knowledge and experience through the design phase of this innovative project.
Involvement may include:
Researching and compiling natural history, conservation and husbandry needs of the over 200 species for the exhibit.
Performing additional background content research and image search
Assist in creating a public awareness campaign for the new exhibit
Conducting exhibit evaluation and prototyping
Please note the position does not involve direct animal care.
The internship will progress under the mentorship of the Bird House curator, although assignments will generate from the Bird House, Office of Exhibits, and Office of Planning and Strategic Initiatives. Interns will have an opportunity to split their time among the three departments as needed.
Through this offering, the intern will:
The intern will work under the supervision of the Bird House curator, although assignments will generate from the Bird House, Office of Exhibits and Office of Planning and Strategic Initiatives. There are three internship sessions during the year: spring, summer, and fall. Interns will work 25 to 40 hours a week, splitting their time among the three departments as needed.
To make the most of this opportunity, first priority will be given to applicants who can intern the equivalent of at least three days a week.
This is an unpaid internship. Special consideration will be given to applicants who receive college credit for internship. Intern is responsible for obtaining necessary approvals from their university. Intern will be responsible for all transportation costs and personal health insurance.
Rock Creek, Washington D.C.
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.
The National Zoo and the Smithsonian Institution do not provide free parking to interns. There is limited parking at SCBI in Front Royal, Virginia.
Go to https://solaa.si.edu to create an account in the Smithsonian On-Line Academic Appointment System. Go to Internship Opportunities section and submit application materials to the National Zoological Park Internship Program. When completing the application, select the project “Rock Creek – Bird House Exhibit Project.”
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: