Research Internships at Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo’s Research Internship program focuses on training young scientists to conduct independent research projects that are relevant to the management and conservation of small captive populations. These internships are funded through generous grants from the Dr. Scholl Foundation, The Chicago Community Trust, the Rice Foundation, and in memory of Lincoln Park Zoo’s former Curator of Reptiles, Ed Almandarz. The zoo provides unique opportunities for undergraduates and recent graduates to gain research experience on exotic species in a captive setting.
The internship program is based in the Department of Conservation and Science and offers a unique opportunity to conduct research in a variety of areas and gain valuable experience while being a part of the zoo’s team approach to research and management of small populations. Interns have the opportunity to conduct research projects under the guidance of staff scientists in one or more of the following areas:
- Population Genetics
- Population Modeling
- Animal Behavior
Internships are a minimum of three months and a maximum of one year in duration. Three-month internships are usually filled in the summer months by college sophomores, juniors or recently graduated seniors. Recent college graduates are also eligible for longer internships (maximum of one year).
Since its inception the program has trained more than 60 undergraduate and graduate students. Student projects have resulted in published papers, scientific presentations, undergraduate honors theses, master’s theses, or Ph.D. dissertations. All the students have gained important and substantive research experience that is vital to their future success in the biological sciences. The majority of previous interns go on to professional careers in science, including veterinary school, and graduate school in the biological sciences; several have obtained jobs in Lincoln Park Zoo’s Department of Conservation and Science.
Internship availability varies throughout the year. When internship positions are available, they will be posted here on the zoo’s employment page. If no internship positions are posted but you would like us to keep your information on file for future openings, e-mail a copy of your resume to email@example.com Be sure to mention the internship area (behavior, population genetics, etc.) and time-frame you are interested in.
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