Denver Zoo Nutrition Internship

A paid internship in the area of exotic animal nutrition, including clinical, operational, and research aspects, is available to undergraduate students (Junior or Senior), recent college graduates (in the last 12 months), or current graduate students having a specific interest in exotic animal nutrition. The internship is available from May through August, 2017; full-time availability is preferred, though part-time may be considered.

Typical activities for this internship may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Documenting and recording diets and hand-rearing protocols
  • Evaluating body condition of exotic animals
  • Conducting intake and digestibility studies
  • Assisting with feed or browse collection, sample preparation, and analysis
  • Observing feeding behavior
  • Conducting applied research and data entry
  • Clinical rounds
  • Working in the Nutrition Center preparing diets and food deliveries
  • Formulating and analyzing diets as needed, under nutritionist supervision

Candidates must be enrolled in or have a degree in animal science, biology, nutrition, wildlife science, or a related field and ideally have completed an introductory animal nutrition class. The intern may obtain University credit for completed projects if agreed upon by the candidate and Nutritionist prior to the initiation of the internship. Every effort will be made to accommodate the student’s school schedule in arranging starting and ending dates, and number of hours worked per week.

To apply, please send the following materials to Dr. Jennifer Parsons at jparsons@denverzoo.org: 1) a resume, 2) an unofficial transcript, and 3) a cover letter which includes the following information: dates of availability, interests, and a description of how this position applies to your career goals. Deadline for receipt of application materials is end-of-day on March 20, 2017.


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