Bird House Animal Management Internship, Keeper Aide Intern
The National Zoo provides the opportunity
for interns to participate in daily animal management and keeper aide activities including visitor education.
There are three internship sessions during the year: spring,
summer, and fall. Interns will work 25-40 hours a week (shifts start at 6:30 a.m.) in
the Bird Unit, which features a large collection of exotic bird species.
Tasks for which interns will be responsible, to provide hands-on experience
- Assist animal keepers with feeding, cleaning, exhibit preparation and renovation, plant care, and observing birds.
- Provide formal and informal interpretive educational programs for visitors.
- Help implement animal enrichment programs.
- Learn and follow animal/keeper safety guidelines, operations, and polices.
- Develop or select a project to complete during the internship. At the completion of the internship, present a short summary to Bird House staff.
- Preference will be given to undergraduate or graduate
students pursuing a career in a related field
- Strong communication skills
- Ability to work in a team environment with staff and other
interns and volunteers
- Must enjoy working outdoors in all weather conditions
and be able to lift at least 50 pounds
- A trial working day is required prior to applicant acceptance into the program. This assures that the internship activities are understood by the selectee and will meet their educational goals.
Term of Appointment/Application Deadlines
There are three internship sessions throughout the year: spring, summer, and fall. Sessions fill up quickly and often close before the application due date. Applicants are advised to apply early.
- Spring session runs January 15 to April 15. Applications must be submitted by November 1.
- Summer session runs May 15 to August 15. Applications must be submitted by March 1.
- Fall session runs September 15 to December 15. Applications must be submitted by July 1.
This is an unpaid internship. Special consideration will be given to applicants who will receive college credit for this internship, though this is not a requirement.
Interns must make their own arrangements in the Washington,