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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.

Current Internship Positions (last updated on December 1, 2017)

Bird Department Summer Internship (Please apply by March 1, 2018 — Unpaid Internship — No housing available)

Posted: 12/1/2017

Ambassador Commitment:
Doing your part to support Riverbanks’ mission to foster appreciation and concern for all living things.

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden offers a diverse avicultural experience. The Bird Department collection is comprised of about 300 individuals representing approximately 70 species. Birds are housed in an indoor tropical birdhouse, a sub-Antarctic exhibit, outdoor aviaries, and off-exhibit enclosures. The collection is managed for exhibit, formal and informal education experiences, and propagation.

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, enriching, 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 SSPĀ® 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.

Education and Experience:
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.

Internship Requirements

Review and consider if interested in an internship:

  • Major must be related to internship area.
  • Must be a hard worker, enthusiastic, and willing to learn.
  • Animal Care Interns must be at least 18 years old.
  • There are two levels of time commitment for college internships, but we are willing to accept students for non-credit. Level 1 college credit assigned project for 40 hours per week (minimal of 3 months.) Level 2 college credit assigned project for 20–40 hours per week (minimal of 2 months.) Non-college project for 20–40 hours per week (minimal of 2 months.)
  • A current tuberculin skin test prior to interning.
  • Must follow Riverbanks Appearance Policy. Riverbanks supplies interns with T-shirts and a nametag. Interns have the option of purchasing additional uniform items at their own expense. Interns are responsible for purchasing khaki pants/shorts and closed-toe shoes.