Bring Back Bison

Let's bring bison back to our Zoo!



The National Zoo’s Advancement Office seeks a part-time (20-30 hours a week) intern to assist with research and organizational activities, corporate and foundation partnership development, and general development support to assist the Zoo in its Capital Campaign. This position is unpaid. Starting and ending dates are flexible, but the preferred time frame is September through December 2013.

The intern will have the opportunity to work with a team of Development professionals on a variety of tasks, and will learn about multiple facets of philanthropy and how it relates to species conservation at the world-renowned National Zoo—home to dozens of endangered species of animals, and the world’s largest group of conservation biologists in the world.

  • Conduct research on potential individual, corporate and foundation donors and their philanthropic activities
  • Draft briefing materials, proposals and reports
  • Prepare power point presentations and edit a variety of correspondence and other documents
  • Assist with special events


  • Undergraduate students in related field of study (e.g., fund-raising, communications and marketing, science communications)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Outgoing personality and motivation to seek new learning opportunities
  • Availability to work 20-30 hours per week
  • Ability to pass a background investigation



This is an unpaid position and no stipend is offered.


This internship provides valuable non-profit experience at a world-renowned organization. There will be opportunities to learn about endangered animals, cutting-edge conservation research, and how a zoological park operates. The position also offers an introduction to the field of Development, covering all facets from individual and institutional giving, to the role of the Board of Directors to the mechanics of special events.

The Advancement Office is willing to work with an intern's school to obtain credit hours for internship, but it is the intern's responsibility to verify availability through their school.


Smithsonian National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Dates and Hours

The intern will work about 20-30 hours per week for the Development Office. Some work at evening and morning events may be required. Start and end dates are flexible, but an availability to work from September through December 2013 is preferred.


Applications must be submitted by September 30 for consideration.


To apply, go to: https://solaa.si.edu
Then select "New to SOLAA? Create Account Here"
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, “Fund-Raising (Development/Advancement)."

Your application is considered complete when you hit “Submit” and when your references have been received by the deadline as noted above). Information that will be requested (in SOLAA) includes:

  • Basic information
  • Cover letter explaining your interest in pursuing this position
  • Resume/CV
  • References (2)


Email Drew Portocarrero at portocarreroa@si.edu