Summer Early Childhood Education Internships

Minnesota Zoo
Internships - Unpaid
Apple Valley, MN

Spend a summer as an early childhood educator at the Minnesota Zoo!

The mission of the Minnesota Zoo is to connect people, animals, and the natural world to save wildlife. We are dedicated to inspiring guests to act on behalf of wildlife and wild lands. To accomplish this, we provide award-winning recreational, educational, and conservation programs, locally, nationally, and internationally.

We are seeking registered college students to assist with our early childhood education programs next summer, including our toddler, preschool, and first and second grade programming, such as family programs and day camps.

Interns will learn about informal, environmental, early childhood education and the world of Zoos and conservation organizations. They’ll gain teaching and classroom management experience. Our interns assist in the classroom, teach at least one full week of pre-2 camps, shadow a Zoo trail of their choice, participate in behind-the-scenes experiences, write curriculum or lesson plans, and complete a summer-long project of their choice.

Start and end dates are flexible. We’re looking for someone to start at the end of May or beginning of June, and stay with us until at least mid-August (and into September if preferred by the candidate.) Schedule is typically Monday-Friday, with flexible hours, typically 35-40 hours/week.

This is an unpaid internship. Interns must be registered college students completing this internship for college credit.


  •  Registered college student completing this internship for credit
  •  Interested in formal or informal education
  •  Interested in wildlife, conservation, or environmental studies
  •  At least one summer or semester of experience working with young kids (ages 2-7) in some capacity
  •  Must pass a formal background check
  •  Background knowledge in environmental education, early childhood education, or related studies preferre

To apply:


Application deadline: April 15, 2018

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