Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo

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10a-4p, Mon-Fri; 9a-5p, Sat & Sun

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Blank Park Zoo Internship Program

The Blank Park Zoo internship program offers a variety of internships in the Spring, Summer, and Fall.

Animal Care – Avian/Reptile, Aquatics, Carnivore/Primates, Education, Large Mammals, Small Mammals

Commissary – animal nutrition and diet preparation

Children & Family Education Program – developing education programs

Public Relations / Marketing – public relations, marketing, social media practices for Zoos & Aquariums

Internships are open to hard working, motivated candidates who are 18 or older, currently enrolled in college and receiving credit for the internship, and are considering a career in the Zoo field.  Internships are nonpaid; housing and transportation are the responsibility of the intern.

2020 Intern dates are as follows:  Application Deadlines:
Spring: Jan. 20 – May 1 Spring: Nov. 1
Summer: May 20 – Aug. 7 Summer: Mar. 1
Fall: Aug.24 – Dec. 4 Fall: July 1


To apply, please send in the following information:  Intern Application, Resume, and Cover Letter. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.


Intern applications can be sent to: Christine Eckles, Chief Engagement Officer, 7401 SW 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50315 or email:

Intern Applications are located on our website:

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