Detroit Zoological Society
  • Humane Education
  • Royal Oak, MI, USA
  • Unpaid internship
  • Internship

The Humane Education Intern is an unpaid, for college credit only, internship at the Detroit Zoological Society. The Humane Education Intern will work in the Education Department to assist the Curator of Humane Education.

This internship will focus on hands-on experience and involve all facets of the Zoo's Humane Education Initiative. The intern will be assigned specific areas of responsibility based on personal interest, department needs and experience.

The Humane 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 by following all other policies set by the organization. The Humane Education 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.


Authority and Accountability

The Humane Education Intern has the responsibility to carry out the Humane Education goals and objectives and is accountable to the Curator of Humane Education.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist with creating, revising, and implementing Humane Education programs and initiatives
  • Assist with tabling at special events such as Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo.
  • Research issues related to Humane Education that focus on animal welfare and environmental protection.
  • Execute general office duties as they relate to the daily operations of the project and department.
  • Perform related duties as assigned as they relate to learning in the field of humane education.


Working Conditions

Regular work schedule may include weekends, occasional evenings, and/or early-mornings.  The work environment is generally comfortable and most work is indoors although the position may require work outdoors with exposure to seasonal weather conditions for special events, tours, openings, etc.


Physical Requirements

Able to perform all principal duties satisfactorily. Able to perform moderate physical effort on a daily basis such as walking, bending, stooping, lifting, and standing for an extended period of time.  Able to lift up to 20 pounds.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential duties.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


  • Must be eligible for college credit
  • Junior, senior or graduate level college students enrolled in a degree program related to the field of humane education
  • Ability to interact with various age groups in a professional manner
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint; internet proficiency
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Creative, friendly, enthusiastic
  • Flexible
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