Internship Opportunities with Animalia
Internships with Animalia, while unpaid, offer college/university students broad experience in the areas of animal care and handling, education outreach, horticulture, marketing, and animal behavior and well-being.
Interns have the opportunity to develop or further skills in public speaking and interaction while engaging a diverse audience in Animalia’s Education Outreach Programs. Interns will be trained how to handle a variety of animals (reptiles, birds, mammals, amphibians, invertebrates) and plants for education presentations. As a working and learning internship, Interns are required to learn a diverse array of background information on a variety of animals and their interrelationships with their environments and habitats.
Animal Care/Education – Working with our on-staff Zoologist, Interns will provide basic animal husbandry including feeding, cleaning, enrichment, and record keeping for Animalia’s 50+ species totaling over 100 animals, as well as for wildlife rehabilitation. Animalia internships also include experience in education outreach/public speaking, wildlife rehabilitation, animal handling/training, socialization, enclosure construction, and basic medical care. Interns will learn to recognize the diverse behaviors of animals through modern methods and practices. Interns have the opportunity to learn animal training techniques utilizing operant conditioning (positive reinforcement). Download the Animal Care Job Description.
Horticulture – Interns will provide plant based services including maintaining/harvesting Animalia’s vegetable garden, education plant collection, yard care (grass, bushes, trees), identifying plant/tree species in woods, removal of invasive species, and creek bank maintenance. Interns will also prepare animal diets and may assist with feeding and wildlife rehabilitation. Interns will be trained how to present plants for education programs and may learn how to handle a variety of animals (reptiles, birds, mammals, amphibians, invertebrates) to discuss their relationship with plants. Download the Horticulture Job Description.
Marketing – Interns provide services that would include but not be limited to daily postings to all of Animalia’s social media, adding content to web pages, preparing Animalia’s e-newsletter called Animania, contacting potential clients and donors, organizing our photo database, as well as basic office work and organization. Interns will learn to prepare animal diets and may assist with feeding and wildlife rehabilitation. Interns will also be trained how to handle a variety of animals (reptiles, birds, mammals, amphibians, invertebrates) and plants for education presentations. Download the Marketing Job Description.
Intern Application Procedures
College/University students and graduates who wish to apply for an internship should include the following in their application packet:
- Animalia Intern Application (download, complete and print)
- Cover letter that addresses the following:
- Why you are interested in an internship with Animalia
- What you would like to gain from an internship
- Where you heard about the intern program
- Highlights of your most applicable experience
- Two letters of recommendation
- Current grade transcript copy
Mail your application packet to:
7993 N. US 52
Thorntown, IN 46071
Application packets may not be considered if received after the following dates for an internship during that time frame. Typically, applications are considered three months prior to the deadline. Offers may be made to candidates before the deadline. Do not wait until the deadline to send in your materials. The deadline is the last chance cut off date.
- Summer Session (May-August) – April 7
- Fall Session (September-December) – August 31
- Winter/Spring Session (January-April) – December 10
Upon receipt of the completed Application Packet, candidates will be contacted for interview arrangements. During the interview, information will be gathered pertaining to experience, career interests, education, starting and ending dates, shirt size, and will review an Intern Job Description. Upon selection, candidates will receive an Internship Acceptance Letter from the Executive Director. Interns must contact Animalia to accept or decline the Internship offer.