Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, The Internship Profile
- “Priceless experience working with exotic animal species”
- “Extremely rewarding”
- “Everyone at the zoo was so friendly and helpful.”
- Respondents rated both the meaningfulness of the work and the on-the-job learning and experience 10 out of 10.
Industries: Education, Hospitality and Tourism, Nonprofit
Locations: Baltimore, MD
Number of Interns: Less Than 10, 10 (Summer; Fall; Spring)
Length: 6 to 12 weeks, 12 weeks: May to August (Summer); September to December (Fall); January to
Responsibilities: Arts and Design, Human Resources, Marketing, Operations, Public Relations, Other
Tracing its roots back 130 years, the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore spans close to 140 acres and receives around 350,000 visitors each year. The zoo is one of the oldest in the US and is home to more than 1,500 animals, including birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. It is dedicated to conservation; among its conservation efforts are Project Golden Frog and African black-Footed Penguin research.
The Maryland Zoo hires interns in a variety of capacities, including animal care, aviculture, education, graphic design, group sales, herpetology, horticulture, mammals, management and administration, marketing, public relations, special events, visitor services, and volunteer management. Examples of tasks that interns may perform are assisting animal keepers with cleaning, feeding, and training of animals; compiling behavioral data; and completing reports of findings. Each intern is matched with a particular focus based on his or her education, experience, and professional goals.
Mid-March (Summer); Early September (Fall); Early November (Spring). Apply online and submit academic transcripts, an essay, and recommendations. Certain positions may require writing samples or a portfolio.
Open to college sophomores, juniors, and seniors. A GPA of at least 2.8/2.9 is required.