Museum of Science Internships
  • 18-Feb-2021 to 14-Mar-2021 (EST)
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • Unpaid/Course Credit

Animal Care Internship

Museum of Science, Boston


The Live Animal Care Center (LACC) staff is responsible for the care of a diverse collection of animals that are utilized for educational activities such as exhibits, and new virtual experiences including programming for families at home and for school classrooms. Our collection is comprised of over 200 animals representing 80 different species. The LACC is comprised of 3 full time zoo keepers, 2 part time zoo keepers, an assistant Live Animal Curator, a Live Animal Curator and a Manager of Living Collections. The department is staffed 7 days a week and operates 365 days a year.


Interns will learn the daily care of both program and exhibit animals. Responsibilities will include: general upkeep of the LACC, animal observations, diet preparation, enclosure cleaning, record keeping, animal enrichment and training practices. Interns will have the opportunity to learn how to properly handle live animals during presentations as well as learning important skills for developing and presenting educational programs. Upon completion of the program interns will have a better understanding of the proper management of live animals in a museum setting.


  • Assist with the daily care of the collection.
  • Clean and maintain animal enclosures and exhibits.
  • Prepare diets
  • Complete an enrichment project
  • Learn proper handling techniques
  • Complete an education project Live animal program or other educational program.


  • Undergraduate or Graduate student
  • Interested in pursuing an animal-oriented career
  • Some background experience with animals is desirable, but not required.
  • Willingness to get dirty.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated communication skills

LENGTH OF INTERNSHIP: Summer (late May/ early June - min/late August)

WORK SCHEDULE: 2 days per week, 7 working hours/day with a 1-hour lunch (9a-5p). Typically mix of weekdays and weekend.

PAY RATE: Unpaid and/or for course credit

LOCATION: On-site only

BENEFITS: Intern benefits include free parking in the Museum garage, close proximity to the Green Line, free admission, discounts in the Museum store and caf and much more!


All internship applications require a resume and cover letter.

No phone inquiries, please. Qualified applicants will be contacted within two to four weeks of initial application.

The Museum of Science is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state or local law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees are treated with respect and dignity.

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