Smithsonian's National Zoological Park provides the opportunity for interns to gain experience in enrichment and other husbandry-related tasks at Small Mammals. The Intern must target species-specific behaviors for more than 30 species of mammals including carnivores, rodents, and primates. Interns will assist staff in developing new enrichment items and protocols while conducting a related project and shadowing daily keeper duties.
This is an unpaid internship opportunity wherein the intern will support the Department of Animal Programs-Small Mammals.
Through this internship, interns will:
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.
A three-and-a-half month internship is available for the Fall (August 15-December 30) and Spring (January 1-May 15). Interns must be able to devote 20 to 30 hours per week. Reasonable exceptions may be made in order to coordinate with university schedules.
Spring session (January - May):
Applications accepted between August 1 and August 31, 2015
Fall session (August - December):
Applications accepted between April 1 and April 30, 2016
There is no summer session available for this internship.
Applicants will be notified of their acceptance at least five weeks before their start date.
To apply, go to: https://solaa.si.edu/solaa/SOLAAHome.html
Select "New to SOLAA? Create Account Here"
Information that will be requested (in SOLAA) includes:
Once you create your account and provide the information above, you will see a screen where you select the type of appointment you are interested in. You will select:
IMPORTANT: Your application is considered complete when you hit "Submit." Your SOLAA submitted application with references must be received by the deadlines as noted above.
Questions about this internship should be sent to Ashton Shaffer.