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Internships

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 February 15, 2019)

Mammal Department - Hoofstock/Sea Lion - Summer Internship (Please apply by March 1, 2019 — Unpaid Internship — No housing available)

Posted: 1/10/2019
Ambassador Commitment: Create meaningful connections and inspire actions that will have a lasting impact on conservation.

Responsibilities:
The Mammal Department at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is proud to offer an internship experience for qualified students. The purpose of an internship in our Mammal Department is to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of Riverbank’s mission and how it is achieved through various functions and operations throughout the zoo and garden.

The categories of study during the internship include:
•    Assist with daily maintenance of animal enclosures and exhibits.
•    Learn about animal nutrition- prepare, and distribute diets.
•    Learn about AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums), Studbooks, SSPs (Species Survival Programs), TAGs (Taxon Advisory Groups), and other aspects of zoo management.
•    Design and implement environmental enrichment techniques.
•    Assist animal keepers and veterinarians during medical procedures.
•    Attend department meetings.
•    Interns will have many opportunities to learn from the keepers as they conduct training sessions with the animals in the hoofstock area.

While interning with the Mammal Department you will observe and participate in the overall operation of the zoological facility. You will gain exposure to other departments that support the individual function and goals of the Mammal Department. During your internship at Riverbanks you will be exposed to a variety of management styles and approaches.

Requirements:
This is a full time unpaid internship open to undergraduates seeking degrees in biology or related fields.  Interns are required to work 40 hours/week in five 8 hour days. Applicants must be able to work any day of the week, including weekends and holidays.


Mammal Department - Gorilla/Small Mammal - Summer Internship (Please apply by March 1, 2019 — Unpaid Internship — No housing available)

Posted: 1/10/2019
Ambassador Commitment: Create meaningful connections and inspire actions that will have a lasting impact on conservation.

Responsibilities:
The Mammal Department at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is proud to offer an internship experience for qualified students.  The purpose of an internship in our Mammal Department is to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of Riverbank’s mission and how it is achieved through various functions and operations throughout the zoo and garden.

Gorilla/Small Mammals Internship includes the following three areas:
•    Ndoki Forest: Western Lowland Gorilla and Slender-tailed Meerkat
•    Kangaroo Walkabout: Red Kangaroo, Red-necked Wallaby and Tammar Wallaby.
•    Riverbanks Conservation Outpost: Ring-tailed Lemur, Red-ruffed Lemur, Golden-lion Tamarin, Saki Monkey, Squirrel Monkey, Matschie’s Tree Kangaroo, Hoffmann’s Two-toed Sloth, Black-footed Cat and Fishing Cat.

The categories of study during the internship include:
•    Assist with daily maintenance of animal enclosures and exhibits.
•    Assist with daily maintenance of keeper areas. This includes cleaning dishes, daily laundry, etc.
•    Learn about animal nutrition and prepare diets.
•    Learn about animal behaviors in both captive and natural environments.
•    Operant Conditioning:
    +   Observe operant conditioning techniques of captive animals.
    +   Learn how keepers weigh animals monthly. Interns will be allowed to assist keepers in weighing certain species.
•    Enrichment:
    +   Design and implement environmental enrichment techniques.
    +   Assist keepers in observing animals with new enrichment items and completing evaluation forms.
•    Observe animal keepers and veterinarians during medical procedures.
•    Attend department meetings.

While interning with the Mammal Department you will observe and participate in the overall operation of the zoological facility. You will gain exposure to other departments that support the individual function and goals of the Mammal Department. During your internship at Riverbanks you will be exposed to a variety of management styles and approaches.

Requirements:
This is a full time unpaid internship open to undergraduates seeking degrees in biology or related fields.  Interns are required to work 40 hours/week in five 8 hour days. Applicants must be able to work any day of the week, including weekends and holidays.


Mammal Department - Farm/Zebra - Summer Internship (Please apply by March 1, 2019 — Unpaid Internship — No housing available)

Posted: 1/10/2019
Ambassador Commitment: Create meaningful connections and inspire actions that will have a lasting impact on conservation.

Responsibilities:
The Mammal Department at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is proud to offer an internship experience for qualified students and post graduates. The purpose of an internship in our Mammal Department is to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of Riverbank’s mission and how it is achieved through various functions and operations throughout the zoo and garden.

Internship includes the following areas:
•    Farm (goats, alpacas, rabbits, pigs, chickens, etc.)
•    Zebra and Ostrich

The categories of study during the internship include:
•    Assist with daily maintenance of animal enclosures and exhibits.
•    Assist with daily maintenance of keeper areas. This includes cleaning dishes, daily laundry, etc.
•    Learn about animal nutrition and prepare diets.
•    Learn about animal behaviors in both captive and natural environments.
•    Observe operant conditioning techniques of captive animals.
•    Enrichment:
    +   Design and implement environmental enrichment techniques.
    +   Assist keepers in observing animals with new enrichment items and completing evaluation forms.
•    Observe animal keepers and veterinarians during medical procedures.
•    Attend department meetings.

While interning with the Mammal Department you will observe and participate in the overall operation of the zoological facility. You will gain exposure to other departments that support the individual function and goals of the Mammal Department. During your internship at Riverbanks you will be exposed to a variety of management styles and approaches.

Requirements:
This is a full time unpaid internship open to undergraduates and post graduates seeking degrees in biology or related fields.  Interns are required to work 40 hours/week in five 8 hour days. Applicants must be able to work any day of the week, including weekends and holidays.


Mammal Department - Cat/Bear - Summer Internship (Please apply by March 1, 2019 — Unpaid Internship — No housing available)

Posted: 1/10/2019
Ambassador Commitment: Create meaningful connections and inspire actions that will have a lasting impact on conservation.

Responsibilities:
The Mammal Department at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is proud to offer an internship experience for qualified students. The purpose of an internship in our Mammal Department is to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of Riverbank’s mission and how it is achieved through various functions and operations throughout the zoo and garden.

The categories of study during the internship include:
•    Assist with daily maintenance of animal enclosures and exhibits, including large and small carnivores, primates, and marsupials.
•    Learn about animal nutrition- prepare, and distribute diets.
•    Learn and give informal presentations about animal behaviors in both captive and natural environments.
•    Learn about AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums), Studbooks, SSPs (Species Survival Programs), TAGs (Taxon Advisory Groups), and other aspects of zoo management.
•    Participate in an informal class about, observe, and take part in operant conditioning program of cat/bear area animals.
•    Design and implement environmental enrichment techniques.
•    Assist animal keepers and veterinarians during medical procedures.
•    Attend department meetings.

While interning with the Mammal Department you will observe and participate in the overall operation of the zoological facility. You will gain exposure to other departments that support the individual function and goals of the Mammal Department. During your internship at Riverbanks you will be exposed to a variety of management styles and approaches.

Requirements:
This is a full time unpaid internship open to undergraduates seeking degrees in biology or related fields.  Interns are required to work 40 hours/week in five 8 hour days. Applicants must be able to work any day of the week, including weekends and holidays.


Mammal Department - Animal Ambassador - Summer Internship (Please apply by March 1, 2019 — Unpaid Internship — No housing available)

Posted: 1/10/2019
Ambassador Commitment: Create meaningful connections and inspire actions that will have a lasting impact on conservation.

Responsibilities:
The Mammal Department at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is proud to offer an internship experience for qualified students. The purpose of an internship in our Mammal Department is to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of Riverbank’s mission and how it is achieved through various functions and operations throughout the zoo and garden.

Internship includes working with a variety of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.
•    Mammals (Virginia opossums, rabbits, hedgehogs, tenrec, etc.)
•    Reptiles (snakes, skinks, turtles, tortoises, lizards, etc.)
•    Amphibians (frogs, toads, salamanders, etc.)
•    Invertebrates (tarantulas, millipedes, etc.)

The categories of study during the internship include:
•    Assist with daily maintenance of animal enclosures.
•    Learn about animal nutrition- prepare and distribute diets.
•    Learn about AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums), Studbooks, SSPs (Species Survival Programs), TAGs (Taxon Advisory Groups), and other aspects of zoo management.
•    Design and implement environmental enrichment techniques.
•    Assist animal keepers and veterinarians during medical procedures.
•    Attend department meetings.
•    Learn appropriate handling and transport of collection, ensuring that all animals receive top quality animal care.
•    Observe operant conditioning techniques for all animals.
•    Interact directly with guests during informal and formal programs, providing engaging and accurate educational information.

While interning with the Mammal Department you will observe and participate in the overall operation of the zoological facility. You will gain exposure to other departments that support the individual function and goals of the Mammal Department. During your internship at Riverbanks you will be exposed to a variety of management styles and approaches.

Requirements:
This is a full time unpaid internship open to undergraduates seeking degrees in biology or related fields.  Interns are required to work 40 hours/week in five 8 hour days. Applicants must be able to work any day of the week, including weekends and holidays.

Reptile Department - Summer Internship (Please apply by March 1, 2019 - Unpaid Internship – no housing available)

Posted: 1/9/2019
Ambassador Commitment: Create meaningful connections and inspire actions that will have a lasting impact on conservation.

Responsibilities:
Alongside keepers, and according to departmental guidelines, interns will assist with the proper care of the reptile collection, which may include raking yards, cleaning glass, and proper husbandry for feeder insects.
This position involves considerable physical activity, bending, pushing, pulling, climbing ladders, and regular lifting. Interacts with Riverbanks guests and cooperates within a team setting. Reports to the Senior Reptile Keeper.

Requirements:
Must be at least 18 years of age with a HS diploma or equivalent. Must be able to bend, stoop or stand for long periods of time. Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions. Commit to a minimum of 1 semester for 4 hours a week. Proof of a current Tuberculin skin test.

Bird Department - Summer Internship (Please apply by March 1, 2019 — Unpaid Internship — No housing available)

Posted: 1/2/2019
Ambassador Commitment: Create meaningful connections and inspire actions that will have a lasting impact on conservation.

Responsibilities:
The 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 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.

Requirements:
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.