Guest Engagement Intern (Zoo and Aquarium)

The Guest Engagement team at Audubon Zoo and Aquarium of the Americas is currently accepting applications for 2018 internship placements.

Internship Overview:

The Education team at Audubon Zoo and Aquarium of the Americas is seeking candidates interested in informal education through development of public speaking and interpretation skills. Interns will learn basic interpretation techniques, proper animal handling methods, and to speak comfortably in front of crowds. Requires a 20-24 hour per week commitment for 12-14 weeks. Working on weekends and holidays may be required. Internship is unpaid.


  • Learn proper animal handling procedures for our education animals and gain skills to present these animals in front of the public
  • Learn presentation and public speaking skills to effectively conduct informational chats about various animals at the aquarium
  • Provide excellent customer service for guests and engaging interpretation at the touch pool and parakeet pointe exhibits 
  • Create an intern project that will be approved by the education staff


  • Interested in pursuing a career in interpretation and/or education
  • Is enthusiastic, friendly, and works well with a team
  • Willing to hold animals including tarantulas and snakes
  • Must be able to consistently lift 25 pounds
  • Willing to spend majority of shift on the “front lines,” interacting with Zoo and Aquarium guests

How to apply:

Please send resume, cover letter, and 2 references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In the event their preferred placement has been filled, qualified applicants may be referred to other Audubon departments. By submitting application materials, the candidate agrees to release their information to our internship staff.

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, education, volunteer management, and others. Candidates must be at least 18 years old to apply. To learn more about Audubon’s internship program, contact:

Brianne Stiede, Intern Program Coordinator
Phone: 504-378-2525 | 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, 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.

2019 Start Windows
In order to fulfill internship program requirements, we encourage candidates to begin their seasonal placements within the start windows below. If you need special assistance with the intern application process, or have any questions about Audubon’s internship program, please contact the Manager for Volunteer & Intern Resources by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone at (504) 378-2525.

Spring 2019
January 7 – February 21

Summer 2019
May 5 – June 20

Fall 2019
August 4 – September 19

Winter 2019
November 3 – November 30