Audubon Nature Institute is proud to offer excellent professional training and experience in a variety of career tracks through our internship program. Placements are seasonally available in administration, animal care, conservation, development, education, volunteer management, and others. Candidates must be at least 18 years old to apply. To learn more about Audubon’s internship program, contact:

Maria Kohls, Volunteer & Intern Supervisor
Phone: 504.378.2524 | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About Audubon Internships
Basic internships last approximately 12 weeks, in which interns develop a variety of professional skills through guided instruction and hands-on experience. Some advanced placements, lasting up to 6 months, are available for well-qualified candidates. 

In addition to the core curriculum provided through each professional track, Audubon offers its program participants supplemental opportunities to learn about the operations of an AZA-accredited facility, the care and management of a diverse animal collection, the tools needed to engage and inspire guests, and much more. 

Audubon accepts applications for available positions on a rolling basis. If no deadline is indicated in the position description above, please refer to the schedule below for each session’s start window and application deadline.  Be sure to indicate your preferred session on your application.  An intern’s exact start and end date will vary according to the needs of each section. 

2017 Start Windows
In order to fulfill internship program requirements, we encourage candidates to begin their seasonal placements within the start windows below.

Spring 2017
January 8 – February 15

Summer 2017
May 7 – June 21

Fall 2017
July 31 – September 13

Winter 2017
November 5 – November 29


Sea Lion Internship - Basic (Zoo)

The Basic Sea Lion Internship at Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana is designed for college students or recent college graduates who are interested in a career in marine mammal training. Our interns work side-by-side with experienced marine mammal trainers and educators. Interns will be exposed to all aspects of the daily care and training of California sea lions. We are currently seeking interns for our summer internship that will run from May/early June through late August/early September.

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African Savanna (Hoofstock) Intern

The Audubon Zoo is currently accepting applications for a zookeeper internship program in their African Savanna section for the Spring session (Jan/Feb-April/May). During the course of this internship candidates will be given the exciting opportunity to work alongside some of the most profound species the African savanna has to offer and then some! The section currently includes: Southern white rhinos, red river hogs, zebra, wildebeest, guanacos, maned wolves, giant anteaters, giraffe (Reticulated and Rothschild), African painted dogs (including 10 adorable pups!), eland, and gazelle. This internship will not only provide valuable hands on experience in exotic animal husbandry, but will also teach the importance of record keeping, training, conservation and exhibit maintenance. Individuals will also be given the opportunity to perform informal public presentations in order to educate our guests on our animal’s natural histories as well as conservation initiatives.

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Bird Department Internship (Zoo)

The Bird Department of the Audubon Zoo is seeking qualified applicants for 2016 internship positions. 

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Entomology Department Intern

Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is looking for applicants for our Internship program within the Entomology Department. 

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Zoo Husbandry Intern

Audubon Zoo is seeking applicants for zookeeper internships in the Animal Health Care Center.

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Marine Mammal Training Internship - Sea Otters

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is looking for a motivated, hardworking individual to participate in our Marine Mammal Training Internship. 

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Outreach Internship

The Audubon Zoo is offering an internship program within the Education Department and will be directly involved with our Outreach Coordinators. 

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Aquarium Husbandry Intern

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is seeking applicants for our Husbandry Internship program. 

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G.U.L.F. Intern

Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries (G.U.L.F.) is Audubon Nature Institute’s sustainable seafood program. G.U.L.F. is seeking an intern to assist with our work with the seafood industry in Louisiana.

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Youth Development Intern (Zoo)

The Youth Development team at Audubon Zoo is seeking candidates interested in working with teen volunteers for the Youth Development Internship for Summer 2016.

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Asian (Carnivore) Internship

The Asia department at Audubon Zoo is seeking applicants to fill our 2017 carnivore internship positions.

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VIR Video Production Intern

The VIR Video Production Intern creates engaging training videos for Audubon volunteer programs.

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VIR Training Programs Intern

The VIR Training Programs Intern produces engaging training materials for Audubon Volunteer training.

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Animal Ambassador Intern - Zoo

Audubon Zoo is seeking applicants for internships on the Animal Ambassador team.

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Primates Intern - Zoo

Audubon Zoo in New Orleans is seeking applicants for internships in its primate area.

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Guest Engagement - Education Intern

The Guest Engagement team at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is currently accepting applications for 2016-2017 internship placements.

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Zoo Collections Management - Assistant Registrar Intern

Audubon Zoo’s Collections Management Department is accepting applications for a winter (November – February) assistant registrar internship program.

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Audubon Species Survival Center Crane Internship

Location: Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center (FMASSC) New Orleans, LA

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Audubon Species Survival Center Husbandry Internship

Location: Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center (FMASSC) New Orleans, LA

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