An opportunity and experience you’ll never forget.
The internship program at Riverbanks is an opportunity for college students to acquire experience and knowledge by working along side our professional staff. Although it is a non-paid internship, the experience will no doubt benefit any future endeavors in the zoological field or related area of interest. Internships are available to college students in animal care, public relations, summer camp (education major only), education programs (education major only), ZooTeen program, horticulture and other areas of request.
Upon receiving the completed application, selected students will be contacted to schedule an interview. Efforts are made to place students in their area of interest.
For more information, please call the Staffing and Training Manager at 803.602.0829 or email Tracy Hughes.
Under the supervision of the Bird Department, interns will learn the fundamentals of bird keeping. Alongside keepers, interns will be responsible for the proper care of an avian collection. This includes diet, cleaning, disinfecting, maintaining exhibits and public areas, and observing animals for illness, injury, or abnormal behavior. Interns will learn proper methods of avian capture and safe restraint. Interns will be exposed to the basics of artificial incubation and hand-rearing and become familiar with AZA SSP® policies and practice. Interns will assist in maintaining detailed behavioral, reproductive, and medical records and reports. Interns will interact with guests and help answer their questions.
This position requires work in all weather conditions including heat, humidity, rain, and cold. Candidates must be able to be on their feet for long periods of time. This position involves considerable physical activity such as repetitive bending, pushing, pulling, and carrying heavy loads.
This is a full time unpaid internship open to undergraduates or recent graduates seeking degrees in biology or related fields. The term of appointment is 12 weeks of uninterrupted work from May to August. Interns are required to work 40 hours per week in 5 consecutive days. This includes weekends and holidays. Vacation time is not a benefit of this internship.