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Education - Interpretive Resources Intern (Summer 2024)

Zoo AtlantaAtlanta, GA
Start date: 05/06/2024(flexible)Duration: 13 Weeks
Unpaid Internship20 - 30 hrs/wk

23 days ago


Summer 2024 Term Schedule:

  • Applications due: Friday, March 1
  • Determination letters sent by Friday, March 29
  • ​​​​​​​Term: May 6 – August 1 or May 28 – August 31

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: This is an unpaid position intended to provide a professional learning experience to students or other individuals working toward a career in interpretation, informal education, conservation, or science communications. This internship will provide practical, real-world experience by working directly with the Interpretation Specialist within the Education Department to provide support in the creation and maintenance of resources used for interpretation and education of Zoo guests.


  • Assist the Interpretation Specialist with researching, writing, and organizing animal information to be utilized as reference material for Zoo team members, Education programming, the Zoo Atlanta website, Zoo signage and other Zoo Atlanta sources.
  • Participate in training and mentoring to learn effective interpretation techniques
  • Assist with development and evaluation of interpretive programs, media, resources, and exhibits.
  • Assist with management and inventory of interpretive resources and program materials
  • Assist with guest behavioral data collection and assessment.
  • Opportunity to join the Biofact Team and assist with maintenance and curation of Zoo Atlanta’s biofact collection, containing more than 1,000 items primarily comprised of biological materials like bones, fur, feathers, and utilized in education programming.
  • Occasional assistance with activity and interpretive program facilitation and delivery.
  • Other projects as assigned. 


• Gain professional experience in helping Zoo Atlanta create messaging that is supported by science and inspires our guests to take conservation action.

• Develop skills applicable to zoological, aquarium, museum, library, or educational settings.

• Gain hands-on experience working with a large collection of biofacts, including loaned USFWS property.

• Enhance the productivity and efficiency of the Education department.

• A chance to network professionally within one of the world’s most respected zoological and conservation organizations.

• A chance to join Zoo Atlanta in its mission of wildlife conservation, education and industry leading research.

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  • Must be 18 years of age or older. 
  • Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program or be a recent graduate in a related field.
  • Must be willing to submit to a background check.
  • Available to intern for the duration of the internship term applied for (scheduling can be flexible according to academic schedule and individual needs).
  • Available to commit a minimum of 20 hours per week. Sunday availability is required.
  • Excellent writing, communication, research, organization, and time management skills.
  • Creative, self-motivated to accomplish goals.
  • Must be collaborative, work well in a team-oriented environment, and confident working independently.
  • Enthusiasm to work with a diverse group of staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to communicate respectfully with diverse audiences.
  • Comfortable engaging Zoo guests in conversation and inviting them to participate in evaluation projects (surveys).
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required. Familiarity with Microsoft OneDrive or SharePoint preferred but not required.
  • Experience with interpretation or informal education preferred but not required.

About Zoo Atlanta

We’ve come a long way since opening our doors way back in 1889! Zoo Atlanta has changed dramatically since the earliest days of our Victorian origins, from the fascinating series of events that led to Atlanta’s first zoo, to the legendary Willie B., to the history of our giant panda program. We thank you for being part of the journey — our story is still being told!
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What happens after you send in your application?

Zoo Atlanta has not provided an expected interview date. We asked Zoo Atlanta what they would do if an applicant does not move forward in the hiring process, and this is what they said: “Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to contact all applicants. Please note that determinations are based on qualifications and aligned with departmental needs. ”

Zoo Atlanta also indicates this role is likely to convert to full-time.

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  • Economics6%

  • Biology4%

  • Psychology4%

  • Political Science And Government4%

  • Management Science3%

  • 385 other majors76%

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Estimated Monthly Living Expenses

For Atlanta, GA | $3,272/mo

  • Housing/Rent$1,410

  • Miscellaneous$889

  • Food$432

  • Transportation$276

  • Utilities$265


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