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About Chicago Zoological Society, Brookfield Zoo

The Brookfield Zoo, managed by the Chicago Zoological Society, is located just outside of Chicago and is open every day of the year. Big hits at the zoo include dolphin shows, the Australia House, the Tropic World rainforest and the Hamill Family Play Zoo. The zoo has a well- established internship program, known as the College Experiential Learning Opportunities (C.E.L.O.) Program, which boasts over 900 past participants.

Zookeeper internships are available in many different animal areas. Interns become familiar with animal management, exhibit maintenance, diet preparation and distribution, animal observation and documentation, animal handling and informal education programs. Non-zookeeping interns work in conservation biology, education, public relations, marketing and special events, horticulture, graphic arts, development and the water quality lab.


Open to all college sophomores, juniors and seniors, grad students and recent college graduates who have a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Chicago Zoological Society, Brookfield Zoo

C.E.L.O. Program
Chicago Zoological Society, Brookfield Zoo
Chicago Zoological Society, Brookfield Zoo
3300 Golf Road
Brookfield, IL 60513
Phone: (708) 688-8400


Number of Interns: 10 to 20
Compensation/Benefits: Paid, Unpaid, Varies
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students


Chicago, IL