Internship Opportunities

The Racine Zoological Gardens is located on the shores of Lake Michigan. Covering 32 acres, the Zoo is home to over 250 animals representing 76 species. The mission of the Racine Zoological Society is to foster an enlightening and affordable wildlife experience that improves the bond between people and nature. We love enthusiastic interns to join us for some invaluable experience!



Animal Welfare Internships

Racine Zoo is seeking dedicated and enthusiastic interns to work alongside Animal Care Specialists to assist in maintaining the animal collection.  Interns are involved in various aspects of animal care, including daily husbandry, diet preparation and delivery, exhibit maintenance, behavioral enrichment preparation, animal observations, and informal educational interactions with Zoo guests.

Internship candidates must have completed one year of college and be working towards a degree in biology, zoology, animal behavior, or any other related field.  Candidates must have excellent communication skills, observation skills, and have the ability to work in a team environment.  They must be reliable, trustworthy, and be able to follow oral and/or written instructions.  Zoo keeping is a physically demanding profession, and interns are subjected to a variety of physical and environmental challenges.  Interns may be required to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.  Tasks are occasionally strenuous and interns must be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs.  A current negative TB test is required and a tetanus vaccination is highly recommended.  Intern positions are experience based and are therefore unpaid.  Housing is not provided.  It is required that an intern dedicates 12 weeks with a minimum of 4 days per week (schedules may be flexible based on the candidate’s availability).  They must also complete a project and/or paper that will benefit the zoo.  Summer internships run from May-August and the deadline for applications is March 1.  Interns are also accepted in the fall (deadline of Sept 15) and spring semesters(Deadline of Dec 31).  There will be a limited amount of stipend positions available sponsored by ILMS.  It is advisable to apply as early as possible.


To apply, please send or email a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to:

Racine Zoo
Attention: Angie Sagert
Intern/Volunteer Coordinator
2131 North Main Street
Racine, Wisconsin 53402


No phone calls, please.



Conservation Education High School Internship

Education interns learn about current issues in conservation and learn to interpret them to guests. $150 stipend available upon completion of internship.

Typical Duties:

  • Interns will participate in eight training dates with Conservation Education staff on Saturday mornings throughout the internship. This will include both structured learning and hands-on experiences.

  • Interns will commit to 16 hours of weekend shifts over the course of the internship. These shifts will involve engaging the public in conversation about conservation initiatives with the goal of galvanizing people to take action. This may include use of biofacts, providing education and outreach at Zoo-sponsored conservation days, and assisting with research and program development.

  • The internship will culminate in a final project where students will identify a current problem related to earth or biological sciences, and then propose solutions to their chose problem which can be incorporated into future educational programming.



We are seeking motivated high school students looking to learn more about and gain experience in careers related to conservation, wildlife, animal care, interpretation, or education. This position requires strong writing, speaking, and organization skills including the ability to multi-task. Proven ability to interact with other staff, guests, and volunteers and to maintain an energetic and positive attitude. Must be willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions. 


If applying by email, please put “Conservation Education Intern” in the subject line. Please send a cover letter and completed application. If you choose, you may also submit a resume. Please apply to: 

Racine Zoo
Attention: Aszya Summers
Conservation Education Manager
2131 North Main Street
Racine, Wisconsin 53402

or email

Application: PDF


Program made possible thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.



Conservation Education Internships

Education interns assist the Conservation Education Department in promoting awareness of conservation issues through engaging, educational, and entertaining zoo experiences.

Typical Duties and Results:

  • Assist in school programming and live animal presentations
  • Performing educational outreach animal encounters both on and off campus
  • Work with a variety of animals that include small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and arthropods
  • Fulfill project that is beneficial to the Zoo and is completed within time frame of internship



Candidates must have completed one year of a college degree program in biology, animal behavior, zoology, education, or other related field. Candidates must also have excellent communication skills, enjoy working with people of all ages, and be able to work in a team environment. They must be self-motivated, reliable, prompt, able to lift 50 pounds, and able to work in all weather conditions. Internships are experience-based and are therefore unpaid (housing is also not provided, however, nearby housing options are available for a fee). It is required that an intern dedicates 24 hours per week over the course of three months, or 288 total hours (schedules may be flexible based on the candidate’s availability).

Must have, or be willing to learn basic first-aid, and CPR. Negative TB test required. Ability work outdoors, lift heavy objects, and risk periodic exposure to fairly predictable and controllable hazards associated with wild animals and zoonotic diseases.


Please email resumes to with the subject line "Conservation Education Internship"

Applications considered on a rolling basis.
No phone calls, please.



Support Services Internships

The Racine Zoo is seeking energetic and enthusiastic interns to help manage many of special events hosted at the Zoo.  Support Services interns will be responsible for assisting with special events, interacting with Zoo guests, and working on other special projects. 

Please send resumes to

No phone calls, please.



Marketing Internship

The Zoo is seeking one to two enthusiastic and self-motivated interns to help manage our social media platforms, create press releases, posters for events, help update our website, and more. Graphic design and website knowledge is a plus. This is a great opportunity for any college student seeking a degree in graphic design or marketing and requires an internship upon graduation.

Please send resumes to

No phone calls, please.




Volunteer Coordination Internship

Volunteer Coordination Interns assist our education department in managing our volunteer program. Duties include working with Volgistics scheduling software, communication, training and orientation, and creation of new volunteer opportunities.

Please send resumes to

No phone calls, please.