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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 questions or more information, please contact the Staffing Coordinator, Katie Mixon.

Current Internship Positions (last updated on March 23, 2021)

Events Department - Internship (Unpaid Internship -- no housing available)

Posted: 3/23/2021

Ambassador Commitment: Create meaningful connections and inspire actions that will have a lasting impact on conservation.

The Events Department at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is proud to offer an internship experience for qualified students and postgraduates. The purpose of an internship in our Events Department is to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of Riverbanks’ mission and how it is represented through various functions and operations throughout Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. The Riverbanks Events Team continually strives to ensure excellence in Riverbanks’ Signature Events, creating a one-of-a-kind product that sets Riverbanks events apart from others.

Under general supervision, you will be responsible for supporting the Events Team and all logistical details associated with events. This includes the planning, promotion, setup, execution, and breakdown of events. You will gain exposure to other departments that support the individual function and goals of the Events Department, offer input into projects, participate in meetings, and may be asked to assist other departments. During your internship, you will gain exposure to our daily operations and several Signature Events.

Essential Functions:
•    Assist Events Manager with logistics of planning and executing events.
•    Maintain updated event documents and records of event participation.
•    Procure and organize inventory and supplies for events.
•    Help brainstorm new, creative events, increase revenue streams at existing events, and enhance guest experiences while at events.
•    Conduct a current industry and competitive landscape analysis of events occurring in the Columbia area to ensure that Riverbanks Zoo is reaching all possible audiences and providing fresh and trendy event experiences. Provide a recommendations report of noteworthy opportunities.

Learning Objectives:
•    Demonstrate appropriate logistical operations while advancing various events.
•    Develop a project for an existing event and see it through from concept to creation.
•    Study market trends and create a detailed proposal for a new event or project.
•    Gain or improve your understanding of the logistics of event work.

Requirements:
•    Proficiency in Microsoft Office, specifically Word and Excel
•    Ability to efficiently organize tasks and time
•    Attention to detail and ability to multi-task
•    Strong work ethic, positive attitude, and professional communication and interpersonal skills
•    Ability to work in a fast-paced, mission-driven organization
•    Ability to remain on feet for long periods of time
•    Ability to lift and move supplies up to 30 pounds
 

Applicants must be able to work events that may occur outside of regular work hours, including early mornings, late nights, and weekends according to the events calendar

 

Mammal Department: Animal Ambassador (Unpaid Internship -- no housing available)

Posted: 3/22/2021

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 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.)

 

Essential Functions:

  • 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:  Full time and part time unpaid internships are open to undergraduates seeking degrees in biology or related fields or postgraduates . Applicants must be able to work any day of the week, including weekends and holidays.

 

Mammal Department: Hoofstock/Sea Lion - Summer Internship (Unpaid Internship -- no housing available)

Posted: 3/18/2021

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 postgraduates. 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.

Essential Functions:
•    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:  Full time and part time unpaid internships are open to undergraduates seeking degrees in biology or related fields and postgraduates. Applicants must be able to work any day of the week, including weekends and holidays.

 

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.