Fall internships are available at the Saint Louis Zoo and the Missouri Botanical Garden (including the Sophia Sacks Butterfly House)

Featured positions for the fall are listed below. However, credit can be obtained through pursuing a wide variety of internships. Look through a variety of Saint Louis-based biodiversity internships here.

Animal Behavior Internship at the Saint Louis Zoo

Animal Behavior Intern, Saint Louis Zoo

Positions open for Fall 2018

Interns in the behavior lab will assist with live observations of grizzly bears and primates, video observations of antelope and reptiles, and with data reduction, summary, and graphing for several different research projects. Studies of behavior are observational and do not include animal contact. Coursework in animal behavior is strongly recommended but not required, and skill using Excel is helpful.

To Apply: Download the Research Internship Application and send it to Eli Baskir, MS, Behavior Research Associate, at Baskir@stlzoo.org

Endocrinology Internship at the Saint Louis Zoo

Endocrinology Intern, Saint Louis Zoo

Positions open for Fall 2018

The Intern will learn about the reproductive endocrinology of many species and how hormone measures are used to help conserve endangered animals, both in zoos and in the wild. He/she will work in the lab assisting with preparation of samples for hormone analysis, assistance with laboratory operations, and some data & inventory management.  Students here will learn some basic laboratory techniques as well as the basics of reproductive endocrinology in wildlife species.

To Apply: Download the Research Internship Application and send it to Corinne Kozlowski, PhD, Endocrinologist, at Kozlowski@stlzoo.org

Project Pollinator Intern at the Sophia Sacks Butterfly House, Missouri Botanical Garden

Project Pollinator Intern, Sophia Sacks Butterfly House

Internship with the Missouri Botanical Garden, Positions open for Fall 2018

This internship provides practical, hands-on work experience in designing native habitats for pollinators and educating visitors about pollinators and how we can support them in our landscapes. Interns will assist the Education and Horticulture staff in maintaining native gardens both at the Butterfly House and at community sites where the Butterfly House has worked. In addition, there will be many opportunities for interacting with the public in our Native Habitat garden and teaching them about pollinators.

This internship is based at the Butterfly House in Chesterfield, Missouri.

To Apply: Email cover letter and resume to Chris Hartley

Horticulture Intern at the Sophia Sacks Butterfly House, Missouri Botanical Garden

Horticulture Intern, Sophia Sacks Butterfly House

Internship with the Missouri Botanical Garden, Positions open for Fall 2018

The internship provides practical, hands-on work experience in a unique garden setting. Interns will assist the Horticulture staff and volunteers in maintaining the tropical conservatory garden, native habitats, prairie garden, annual garden, and grounds. Duties include, but are not limited to, planting, pruning, watering, and pest management. Interns will have direct contact with visitors and be responsible for answering general questions about the Butterfly House including questions about the plant collection and general butterfly questions.

This internship is based at the Butterfly House in Chesterfield, Missouri.

To Apply: Email cover letter and resume to Lisa Williams

Insect Keeper Intern at the Sophia Sacks Butterfly House

Insect Keeper Intern, Sophia Sacks Butterfly House

Internship with the Missouri Botanical Garden, Positions open for Fall 2018

The Insect Keeper internship involves hands-on work with all non-venomous invertebrates and other animals at the Butterfly House. Interns will help maintain the collection and help process shipments. This will include feeding, tank cleaning and, when needed, tank set-up. Weekend and summer interns will be required to spend time in the classroom for hands-on demonstrations with education animals after completing animal handling training. 

This internship is based at the Butterfly House in Chesterfield, Missouri.

To Apply: Email cover letter and resume to Laura Chisholm

Washington University students pursuing an unpaid biodiversity research or conservation internship can be awarded credit if through enrollment in L43 General Studies 2991 04. 

Enrollment in this section is overseen by Jonathan Losos, Professor of Biology and Director of the Living Earth Collaborative. Up to three units of credit may be awarded; the university awards 1 unit of credit for 45 hours worked over a duration of at least 6 weeks. 

For more information, please contact Jonathan Losos at losos@wustl.edu.