Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo

Open Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$16 adults, $10 children

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Open Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$16 adults, $10 children

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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 – Ambassador, Avian/Reptile, Aquatics, Carnivore/Pinniped, Large Mammals, Small Mammals

Commissary – animal nutrition and diet preparation

Children & Family Education Program – developing education programs (available Spring & Fall Only)

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.

2022 Intern dates are as follows:
February 22 - May 1
Summer: May 31 – Aug. 7
Fall: August 30 - November 6

Intern application deadlines:
Spring: November 1
Summer: March 1
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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