Detroit Zoological Society
  • Education
  • Royal Oak, MI, USA
  • Internship

The writing intern will work with the education team to develop and refine written materials. The internship will include opportunities to work with experts from multiple departments to convey information about animals, conservation initiatives and educational programming to DZS guests. Projects may include writing label copy, articles, scripts, short stories, reports and publications.

The Education Intern will support, both publicly and privately, the principles of the Detroit Zoological Society.  He/She will support and enhance a clean, safe, enjoyable, and educational experience at the Detroit Zoo facilities by actively engaging in the enforcement of Customer Service Standards, and specifically by knowing and understanding the Detroit Zoological Society's "SCOPE" of service, animal care, community relations and park appearance guidelines; by enforcing safety and security policies, and following all other policies set by the organization. The Education Intern will maintain a professional manner when dealing with all constituencies and always preserve a high level of integrity, professionalism and confidentiality.

This description of duties and responsibilities is by no means all inclusive and may be subject to change during a performance period due to the needs of the Detroit Zoological Society and its leadership.  This document will be reviewed on a continual basis and will be modified as needed.

Authority and Accountability

The Education Intern has the responsibility to follow the education department philosophy, goals and objectives and is accountable to the education department. An education manager will be designated as the key supervisor for all aspects of the internship and to act as a liaison with the intern's university for academic purposes.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Actively participate in team/department meetings
  • Research/collect information from peer-reviewed/reputable sources (written, archived, first person, etc.)
  • Create and revise written materials
  • Execute general office duties as they relate to projects and department needs
  • Perform related duties as assigned as they relate to the field of education

Working Conditions

The work environment will require work both indoors and outdoors with exposure to seasonal weather conditions. 

Physical Requirements

The ability to perform principal duties is required. The Education Intern must be able to lift and move objects weighing up to 25 pounds. Able to perform moderate physical effort on a daily basis such as walking, bending, stooping, lifting, and standing for an extended period of time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential duties.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Able to write in multiple voices and styles.
  • Comfortable working in a dynamic, fast-paced and collaborative work environment.
  • Ability to communicate verbally and through writing
  • Ability to collect and organize information.
  • Knowledgeable and skilled in AP writing style.
  • Ability to receive, contribute and incorporate constructive criticism.
  • Comfortable asking clarifying questions 


  • Currently enrolled student in good standing at a university; ability to earn credit for the internship.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite; internet proficiency
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Creative, friendly, enthusiastic
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