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Available Research Internships
The Dallas Zoo offers summer research internships for college student volunteers to assist the researchers with on-going research projects. Please contact the research group at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or an application.
All internships require a minimum commitment of 200 hours over a period of at least 12 weeks. More hours are preferred. The internship runs from May through August.
Interns have the opportunity to learn behavioral data collection and analysis, sample processing, and other techniques related to zoological research. All interns are expected to present the results of their projects in both oral and written form at the end of the internship. In addition to their research, interns participate in a weekly seminar on a broad array of subjects. All interns receive an evaluation and letter of reference upon successful completion of an internship. Arrangements can be made for interns to earn college credit.
There are several types of internships, depending on the interests and experience of the applicant.
Introductory Research Internship
Goal: learn research techniques by assisting the researchers with on-going research projects.
Primary Duties: data collection, sample processing, data entry, and introductory data analysis.
Eligibility: students must have had at least one year of introductory biology courses.
Advanced Research Internship
Goal: learn research analysis and presentation techniques by helping complete a specific project under the guidance of the researchers.
Primary Duties: data collection, data analysis, scientific writing and presentation.
Eligibility: students must have previous research experience equivalent to an introductory research internship and experience with Excel and data analysis techniques.
Please e-mail DallasZooResearch@DallasZoo.com or call 469.554.7263 for more information about the Summer Research Internship.
For information about other opportunities at the zoo, please contact the Volunteer Department at Volunteers@DallasZoo.com or call 469.554.7453.
The deadline for applications each year is April 1st.
If you don’t find the opportunity for you in the choices above, call us to discuss your special skills and interests.