Early Chilhood Playworker Internship

The 2014 Summer internship application deadline has been extended to March 8.


This internship is designed to give early childhood education students practical experience in education, child development, program design and implementation. Interns will provide an exciting new educational experience to our youngest guests while gaining a broad understanding of the Zoo’s Education Team and how it operates.

  • Program Design: Interns will assist in creating and managing an interactive play space for young children in the Zoo’s new exhibit, KidZooU. These activities will be geared towards guests ages 2 - 6 and will focus on child development with the goals of creating empathy towards animals and nature.
  • Program Implementation: Interns will assist with staffing and participate in the activities they design. In some cases they may be asked to mentor volunteers and other interns to help fulfill their objective. Interns will also be responsible for the upkeep of their “play” area. As a part of the Education Team, interns will explore the inner workings of an informal education environment and participate in our many day-to-day operations.  Through formal presentations, informal conversations and research activities, interns will interpret many of the Zoo’s daily activities and will encourage visitors to participate, touch, and ask questions that will increase their knowledge of our animal collection. 


This internship is open to education majors with at least a 2.5 GPA.  Preference is given to early childhood education students. Recent graduates are welcome to apply. The internship lasts at least 10-12 weeks and interns must be available 8 hours a week during the fall, winter and spring season, and 24 hours a week during the summer season. 


Applications for the spring, fall and winter sessions are accepted at any time but positions are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applications for the summer will be reviewed beginning in January and are due by March 1. Applicants accepted for the summer season will be notified on April 1. 


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All interns are required to submit a cleared PA State Criminal Background Check and PA Child Abuse Clearance. Interns whose permanent residence is outside Pennsylvania may also need to complete an FBI clearance including fingerprinting.