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.
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.
Rock Creek, Washington D.C.
The intern will make his or her own housing arrangements in the Washington, D.C. area.
The National Zoo and the Smithsonian Institution do not provide free parking to interns. There is limited parking at SCBI in Front Royal, Virginia.
There are three internship sessions throughout the year: spring, summer, and fall.
Applications must be submitted by November 1.
Applications must be submitted by March 1.
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, D.C., area. Parking is not provided by Smithsonian or the National Zoo to interns.
To apply, go to: https://solaa.si.edu/solaa/SOLAAHome.html”
Then select "New to SOLAA? Create Account Here"
When you complete the information to create an account, you will see 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 (equivalent to department) you are interested in, “Rock Creek—Bird House."
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 deadlines as noted above).
Information that will be requested (in SOLAA) includes: