Butterfly Pavilion offers a number of internship programs throughout the year, allowing students to obtain real-world experience in the fields of entomology, horticulture, education, exhibit interpretation and more. Interns complete and present an independent project at the end of their term at Butterfly Pavilion. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Julia McCleary, Volunteer Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants may only apply for one internship per term.
Butterfly Pavilion internships are unpaid, part-time and seasonal, requiring a commitment of 2-3 days/week (16-24 hours/week) for 3-5 months unless otherwise specified by the applicable department. University credit for internships can be earned in most cases. Internship positions are open until filled for Spring, Summer and Fall semesters.
Spring Application Deadline – Nov. 1
Summer Application Deadline – April 1
Fall Application Deadline – July 1st
*Students interested in a Butterfly Pavilion internship are encouraged to check the academic internship requirements at their educational institution before applying.
Zoo Interpretation Intern
Butterfly Pavilion is seeking an individual with an interest in interpretation and/or environmental sciences, superior customer service skills and a love of educating guests about the natural world. This is a great opportunity for those seeking hands-on experience in public environmental education, and largely takes place in our main exhibits.
Environmental Education Intern
Butterfly Pavilion is currently seeking a creative, highly motivated and energetic individual to assist in implementing youth education programs as part of a team of talented and experienced staff and volunteers. Essential duties include instructing onsite science classes for school groups; providing support for out of school/summer camps and classes; collaborating with the Education Department to develop programs; interacting with guests in our exhibits.
Curatorial Aquarist Zookeeper Intern
The intern will assist in marine animal care, animal handling, and visitor education as part of a team of talented and experienced staff and volunteers. The primary goal of this internship is for students to gain knowledge in marine animal science, husbandry and education.
Curatorial Zookeeper Intern – Entomology
The intern will assist in terrestrial invertebrate care, animal handling, USDA compliance and visitor education as part of a team of talented and experienced staff and volunteers. The primary goal of this internship is for students to gain knowledge in terrestrial invertebrate science, husbandry and education.
Curatorial Zookeeper Intern – Lepidoptera
The intern will assist in Lepidoptera (butterfly and moth) care, USDA compliance and reporting and visitor education as part of a team of talented and experienced staff and volunteers. The primary goal of this internship is for students to gain knowledge in Lepidoptera husbandry, identification and education.
Butterfly Pavilion is seeking a talented, enthusiastic individual to assist in our public horticulture programs as part of a team of experienced and hard-working staff and volunteers. This unpaid, academic internship will provide a well-rounded, hands-on educational experience in the field of zoological horticulture in a public setting.
Urban Prairies Project Internship Description (Spring/Summer/Fall)
The Urban Prairies Project (UPP) is a collaboration between Butterfly Pavilion, local governments and other environmental organizations to restore urban and suburban open spaces for wildlife and human use. The UPP intern will gain experience in restoration and environmental monitoring while supporting the development of a strong restoration volunteer.