Internships at the National Aviary offer a variety of hands-on experiences that cannot be obtained anywhere else!

About the National Aviary:

The National Aviary is America’s only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated exclusively to birds. Located in Allegheny Commons Park on Pittsburgh’s historic North Side, the National Aviary’s diverse collection comprises more than 500 birds representing more than 150 species from around the world, many of them threatened or endangered in the wild.

As an environmental organization composed of educators, conservationists and researchers, the National Aviary’s goals are many. The Aviary aims to provide outstanding education programming for varied audiences; present the highest quality family recreational experience that a zoological institution can offer; save endangered species by preserving natural habitats; continue endangered bird breeding programs and conduct meaningful avian research; engender a sincere appreciation of nature and a respect for natural law; and instill a conservation ethic that teaches our immense responsibility as stewards of the planet.

Internship Overview:

Internships at the National Aviary offer a variety of hands-on experiences that provide truly unique professional experiences and the opportunity to gain real world skills!  Whether it’s caring for the birds, assisting with educational programs, developing marketing campaigns, or planning major fundraising events, there is an internship for almost every career path at the National Aviary.

Internship opportunities include:

The National Aviary posts all available internships on this website.  If you do not see an internship listed that relates to your career path, please continue to check online for any new postings. 

All National Aviary internships are unpaid and housing is not provided. Students who qualify for work study may consider utilizing the National Aviary as a work study site. Please speak to your advisor about this possibility.

Requirements for All Interns:
  • Must speak fluent English
  • Must have US citizenship or show current VISA*
  • All National Aviary staff and interns are required to pass criminal backround checks. Requirements vary slightly for in-state and out-of-state residents.
  • Additionally, the National Aviary may require an FBI Fingerprinting Background Investigation ($22.60) or SSCI ($18.50) national background check. Prospective interns must pay the fee for this investigation. The National Aviary requires an original clearance certificate for our files prior to anyone starting an internship.

*Canadian citizen may instead provide identification required by our vendor.

For questions related to providing proof of citizenship or VISAs, background checks, and fingerprinting, please contact Tammy Arnold, Manager of Volunteers and Interns at or 412-258-9455. If you think volunteering might be a better fit for you, please review our Adult Volunteer program information.