Columbian Park Zoo offers a variety of exciting internship opportunities for current college students or recent graduates.  All academic majors are encouraged to apply.

Available interest areas (varies seasonally):

  • General Exotic Animal Care
  • Australia/Americas Exhibits
  • Family Farm
  • Education - Summer Camps
  • Education - Interpretation and Animal Ambassador Programs
  • Landscape/Horticulture
  • Internships with a focus area of Marketing and Public Relations are now managed by the Lafayette Parks and Recreation office.  Individuals interested in internships with a Zoo Marketing and PR focus should contact the Lafayette Parks and Recreation office at (765) 807-1500 for more information.

Seasons and Time Commitments:

Summer Internships: 

Fall Internships:  

Spring Internships:

  • Internship runs January - April
  • Minimum 15 hours per week/12 week commitment required
  • Apply: October-November

All internships are unpaid, and primarily educational in nature.  Internships provide valuable hands-on learning opportunities. Housing and transportation are the responsibility of the intern. Flexible scheduling available, including weekends, to accommodate most class/work schedules. 

For questions or additional information, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer Spence at 765-807-1558 or