Museum of Science Internships
  • 15-Nov-2021 to 12-Dec-2021 (EST)
  • Boston, MA, USA

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, 1 part time zoo keeper, 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, proper animal welfare, 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 husbandry of the collection.
  • Clean and maintain animal enclosures and exhibits.
  • Preparation and feeding of diets.
  • Learn proper handling techniques.
  • Occasionally support medical husbandry.
  • Complete a project in one of these areas: education, enrichment or Operant Conditioning.


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


Staff, interns, and volunteers will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. The Museum will consider an exemption from the vaccine requirement if they are unable to get vaccinated due to a qualifying medical disability or a sincerely held religious objection. The Museum is not required to provide an accommodation or exemption from the vaccine requirement if doing so would pose a direct threat to others in the workplace or would create an undue hardship for the Museum.

LENGTH OF INTERNSHIP: Winter/Spring 2022 (January/February - May)

WORK SCHEDULE: 2-3 days per week, 7 hours/day (8a-4p with 1-hour lunch). Typically mix of weekdays and weekend.

PAY RATE: Unpaid and/or for course credit

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


All internship applications require a resume and cover letter.

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.

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

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