Zoo Map

Education Internships


Educational Internship Opportunities

The Education department is pleased to offer several internship opportunities. We are seeking highly motivated individuals that are looking for experience with environmental education in an informal setting. 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 (within one year) college graduate. Preference is given to those studying a major relating to the internship. Internships are unpaid, however a stipend will be awarded to successful interns at the conclusion of their internship. Housing, transportation and background check fees are the responsibility of the intern. 

Teen Volunteer Program Internship

Two positions available April/May - August

Teen Volunteer Program Interns must contribute at least 32 hours a week for at least 3 months, including one weekend day and three weekdays. They should have experience (or be comfortable) with public speaking. Previous work or volunteer experience with teens 13 – 18 years of age is preferred.

Interns will assist in the training of the zoo’s teen volunteers; they will go through the same training as the teens in order to know program parameters. They will coordinate scheduling of teens, and conduct daily meetings as needed. Interns will also have the opportunity to plan and provide new on-grounds educational activities for zoo visitors. 

Teen Volunteer Program Interns will report to the Volunteer Manager. Applicants must be actively enrolled in college or a recent college graduate (within one year). Preference will be given to juniors, seniors, and graduate students in a related major. The Akron Zoo will assist students in earning class credit for their internship. A background check and current vaccination record including TB, tetanus and Covid-19 will be required and are the responsibility of the intern. 

Application Deadlines

  • April 15, 2022

Anyone interested in an internship will need to send an application, cover letter, professional resume and an unofficial copy of their college transcripts to Shelley Orloski, Volunteer Manager, 500 Edgewood Ave, Akron, OH 44307. Interns must have an updated vaccination record and provide proof of the same.

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