Detroit Zoological Society
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Royal Oak, MI, USA
  • Unpaid internship
  • Internship

The Occupational Health & Safety 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 Occupational Health & Safety Intern will maintain a professional manner when dealing with all constituencies and always preserve a high level of integrity, professionalism and confidentiality.

This job description 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.

Credit: Students must provide information from their school on internship requirements as well as the certification documentation necessary to receive credit. Interns must comply with and follow all policies and procedures of the Detroit Zoological Society.

Authority and Accountability

The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Internship is an un-paid, for credit only, intern position at the Detroit Zoological Society. The Intern will work in the Park Operations Division to assist the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Coordinator. Under the general direction and supervision of the OHS Coordinator, the OHS Intern will provide general clerical support; assist with creating training presentations and special Health and Safety projects.

This internship will provide hands-on experience and involve all facets of the Park Operations Division. The intern will be responsible for projects and be assigned specific areas of responsibility during the internship based on personal interest, education, experience and OHS needs.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Create communication tools to increase health and safety awareness in the workplace;
  • Assist with creating and coordinating Occupational Health and Safety training programs;
  • Assist with emergency preparedness activities;
  • Work confidentially with sensitive employee information
  • Perform a variety of highly responsible clerical and administrative duties;
  • Work independently with little direction; maintaining an organized workflow and is able to determine priorities;
  • Interact with employees to provide information and answer questions in an accurate and knowledgeable manner;
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Working Conditions

  • All outdoor weather conditions; rainy, sunny or snowy.
  • Involves desk/computer work, however will be required to work in various buildings throughout the facility.

Physical Requirements

  • Able to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Selected candidate must have a negative Tuberculosis (TB) test, within the past six (6) months
  • Able to stand and walk with minimal breaks.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


  • Must be a junior, senior or graduate level student enrolled in the field of Occupational Safety and Health and/or Industrial Hygiene or related field;
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint; Internet proficiency;
  • Excellent organization and communication skills;
  • Creative, friendly, enthusiastic;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work in a timely manner.


  • Prior work experience
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