Internships at the National Aviary offer a variety of hands-on experiences that cannot be obtained anywhere else!
Students can intern in several different departments including Animal Programs, Marketing, Horticulture, and more.
We post all of our available internships on this website. If you do not see one that interests you, please continue to check online for any new internship postings. Unfortunately, we cannot reply to those who are not inquiring about a current internship posting.
Marketing & Communications Internship
Title: Marketing & Communications Intern
Salary: FOR CREDIT ONLY
- Assisting with the planning and execution of major marketing events, working with marketing and sales initiatives.
- Conduct research needed for various marketing projects.
- Implement marketing tactics related to publicity, advertising and promotions.
- Assisting with the preparation and distribution of press releases, maintaining press clip library and statistics.
- Other Duties as assigned.
- Ability to think innovatively and creatively
- Ability to take initiative
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills
- Detail oriented thinking
- Ability to work independently, quickly and under pressure
- Marketing and/or Public Relations coursework a plus.
- Willingness to assist as needed in on-site and off-site events
- Ability to multi-task
- College Junior or Senior with a concentration in Marketing, Communications, Business, English, Journalism or Public Relations
- Proficiency in Microsoft office
- Past or current involvement in an any of the following areas: marketing, communications, event planning, customer/guest services
- Be able to work a flexible schedule and attend events outside of normal work week, minimum 15 hours/week required
- All staff are required to complete a PA Child Abuse Clearance Form and State Criminal Background Check prior to beginning work at the National Aviary.
If you are intersted in the Marketing & Communications internship, please email resume and cover letter to National Aviary Marketing Associate Ericka.Houck@Aviary.org and indicate which semester you are interested in: Spring (January-May), Summer (May-August), Fall (August-December)
Deadline to apply: ongoing
Flitezone Bird Show and Conservation Education Intern
Title: Flitezone Bird Show and Conservation Education Intern
Salary/Pay Range: All internships are unpaid. Housing is not provided.
Interns will work under the direct supervision of the National Aviary show trainers to produce multiple free-flight bird shows. This internship focuses on the training of a collection of approximately 70 birds. The show staff is responsible for the daily care of all birds in the show collection including hornbills, parrots, birds of prey and other mixed species. The show staff is also responsible for the training of all birds featured in the show as well as birds used for educational classes and guest experiences.
An internship with the show staff will provide the opportunity to learn about the following:
- Care and maintenance of all birds in the show’s collection
- Daily diet preparation for parrots and birds of prey
- Observation of various bird behaviors
- Operant conditioning techniques for training show and husbandry behaviors
- Production of a free-flight bird show
- Participation in an enrichment program
- Public speaking skills
- Conservation education
- Participate in in-house and outreach education programs
- Participation in formal intern workshops
Daily intern responsibilities include: cleaning bird enclosures, diet preparation and providing enrichment to all birds in the show’s collection. Interns are also responsible for assisting with the maintenance of bird enclosures including perching, repairs and preventative maintenance. There may also be various building projects.
Interns will have the opportunity to observe and possibly assist with daily training sessions. They will also assist backstage during shows that will run twice daily. Interns will also have the opportunity to assist with daily guest experiences and to attend formal workshops on topics such as bird training and captive raptor management.
Additionally, interns will assist with classes and outreach programs. They may also help with educational camps and special aviary events.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
The show staff and interns work in a very fast-paced environment. Due to the nature of the work, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- Must be able to lift 50 pounds
- Must be able to prepare diets that include mice and chick
- Must be able to work as a member of a team and independently
- Must be a self-starter with a positive attitude
- Must be able to positively interact with the public
- Speak fluent English and have US citizenship
- Should be considering a career in the animal care or animal training field
All staff is required to pass a PA Child Abuse Investigation and must pass a Criminal Background Investigation in order to work at the National Aviary.
SUMMER 2014 INTERNSHIP:
Accepting Resumes: Friday, March 7th, 2014 – Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
Internship Start Date: Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
Internship End Date: Saturday, August 16th, 2014
FALL 2014 INTERNSHIP:
Accepting Resumes: Friday, July 4th, 2014 – Friday, August 1st, 2014
Internship Start Date: Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
Internship End Date: Sunday, December 14th, 2014
SPRING 2015 INTERNSHIP:
Accepting Resumes: Monday, October 27th, 2014 - Monday, November 24th, 2014
Internship Start Date: Wednesday, January 7th, 2015
Internship End Date: Sunday, May 10th, 2015
If this is an opportunity that interests you, please forward your resume and cover letter to Cathy Schlott, at email@example.com
· Animal Collections Intern Position
Job Title: Animal Collections Intern
Department: National Aviary Animal Collections
Salary/Pay Range: Unpaid - credit only
Intern Session: Summer 2014
Interns work with our trainers to learn about husbandry, training, and education as the Animal Collections Department encompasses all of those areas.
Responsibilities will include cleaning, food preparation, animal observations, daily presentations, assisting with enrichment, public lorikeet feedings, observing or assisting in training sessions, and other duties as assigned. Interns may have the opportunity to participate in various workshops that cover basic training concepts and other relevant material to the animal behavior and care field.
Must be at least 18 years of age; able to lift 50 pounds; work both as a team and independently; self-starter with a positive attitude; ability to interact with the public; speak fluent English; and considering a career in the animal care field. Interns will be working around, and possibly with, a number of known allergens including, but not limited to, peanuts, tree nuts, seafood, and latex.
All internships are unpaid, and interns are expected to work for either a 480 hour term or 960 hour term. Please indicate which length of term you are interested in within you application. Internship hours may be met by working a minimum of 32 hours a week. This can be flexible to work around school or job schedules. Housing is not provided. Interns are expected to start no later than the week of May 26th, 2014, preferably sooner. This internship is very competitive, and an application does not guarantee an interview. Chosen applicants must be able to pass the required PA Child Abuse History Clearance and the PA Criminal Record Investigation in order to have final acceptance as an intern.
If this is an opportunity that interests you, please forward your resume, cover letter, and references to Chris Gaus, Intern Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline to apply: 5:00PM EST, Saturday, March 15h, 2014.