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Development Internships


The Akron Zoo is seeking highly motivated individuals looking for experience in the Communications field. There are two positions available each semester, one with a marketing focus and another with a fundraising focus.

Candidates should possess skills in written and oral communications, be well organized and have the ability to relate to a wide variety of individuals, from volunteers to professionals. Experience with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel a must. Basic design experience preferred. Interns must be available up to 20 hours per week, including some weekend days and/or evenings to assist with events. Good public speaking skills and a sense of humor are a must for all internships.

Applicants must be actively enrolled in college, or a recent college graduate. Preference is given to those studying a major relating to the internship. Internships are unpaid and housing, transportation and background check fees are the responsibility of the intern. 

2020 Internship Dates:

  • Spring: Mid-January to early-May
  • Summer: Mid-May to mid-August
  • Fall: Mid-August to early-December

Application Deadlines for 2020:

  • Spring: Nov. 15, 2019
  • Summer: March 27, 2020
  • Fall: July 31, 2020

Please read the application carefully. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Download Application (PDF)

Anyone interested in a Development internship will need to send a professional resume and cover letter to Sandi Phillips, 500 Edgewood Ave, Akron, Ohio 44307 or email s.phillips@akronzoo.org.

All interns are encouraged to seek college credit from their university. Background checks are $18.80.

*Internship opportunities at the Akron Zoo are unpaid.