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Elephant Intern (Summer 2024)

Zoo AtlantaAtlanta, GA
Start date: 05/06/2024Duration: 13 Weeks
Unpaid Internship24 - 32 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

Zoo Atlanta's Mammal Department plays an integral role in the Zoo's mission by providing informative, educational and engaging experiences; being respectful and responsible stewards of animals and the physical and financial assets entrusted to us; and engaging in related conservation activities and research.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: This voluntary internship program provides qualified individuals with professional experience in the daily care of the department's animals and the opportunity to support animal care staff. The main role of interns, regardless of the season, is to work with animal care staff to keep areas clean, thus helping contribute to the welfare of the animals. Animal contact is not guaranteed to any intern and depending upon the area in which the intern is assigned, animal contact may be prohibited.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Mammal department interns are supervised by animal care staff within the department. In addition to assisting with cleaning, some interns may have the opportunity to be involved with public presentations, diet preparation, animal feeding and special projects, including the creation and implementation of enrichment items. Interns in the Mammal Department will be exposed to a wide variety of species, such hoofstock, elephants, and large carnivores, and should be comfortable working around these species. Assignments and opportunities that are available to a Mammal Department intern are based on individual progress during the internship.


• Provide support to Mammal Department staff

• Enhance productivity and efficiency of the Mammal Department team

• Allow qualified individuals the opportunity to gain professional experience as a keeper intern at a world-class zoological facility

• Provide an opportunity to gain a strong understanding of potential careers in animal husbandry, training and conservation education.

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• Must be 18 years of age or older (Upper Classman and recent college graduates are preferred)

• Must be able to work 24-32 hours/week

• Must be able to work approximately 8 hours per day on assigned days

• Must be able to work quietly, efficiently and safely around live animals

• Must provide proof of negative TB test and be willing to submit to a background check

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. Thank you for your interest.”

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

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  • Economics6%

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  • Psychology4%

  • Political Science And Government4%

  • Management Science3%

  • 385 other majors76%

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  • US Department Of State
  • Microsoft
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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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