Internships

Become a part of the team achieving global impact in invertebrate research, conservation and connection.

Butterfly Pavilion offers a number of internships throughout the year that allow students to obtain real-world experience in the fields of entomology, horticulture, education, exhibit interpretation and more.

Butterfly Pavilion internships are typically unpaid, part-time, and seasonal, requiring a commitment of 2 – 3 days per week for 3 – 5 months with the following application deadlines unless otherwise specified:

  • Spring Application – Nov. 1
  • Summer Application – April 1
  • Fall Application – July 1

Interns will also complete an independent project and presentation at the end of their term. University credit for internships can be earned in most cases. Students interested in a Butterfly Pavilion internship are encouraged to check the academic internship requirements at their educational institution before applying.

Social Media Intern

The Social Media Internship at Butterfly Pavilion is an opportunity to develop real-world skills in social media planning and execution, creative and trending content development, and project management at a nonprofit achieving global impact in invertebrate education, research, and conservation.

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Research & Conservation Intern (Paid)

Butterfly Pavilion is currently seeking a creative, highly motivated, and energetic individual to assist in research or conservation as part of a team of talented and experienced staff and volunteers. The primary goal of a Butterfly Pavilion Research & Conservation Paid Internship is for students to gain knowledge and hands-on training in invertebrate science and conservation.

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Community Service Intern

Butterfly Pavilion is seeking an individual with an interest in developing community service relationships and leading group volunteer programs. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals looking to increase their skills in people management, corporate to nonprofit relationships, and dynamic presentations.

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Community Habitats Intern (Paid)

Butterfly Pavilion is seeking a creative and passionate individual to support and expand horticulture-focused programs in the Colorado community. As part of a team of talented and experienced staff and volunteers at Butterfly Pavilion, the Community Habitats Intern will be fully integrated into programs based in community science, invertebrate habitat development, and therapeutic horticulture.

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Summer Nature Camp Intern - Paid

The Summer Nature Camp (paid) Intern is responsible for supporting Summer Camp Educators and Lead in the development and leadership of a successful summer camp season. In addition to supporting camp, the Summer Nature Camp Intern will complete a special interest project related to camp programming. Interest in environmental education, nature play, curriculum development and a love of teaching youth about the natural world through informal nature camp programming.

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Communications Intern

The Communications Intern will perform various support tasks to support the Director, including, but not limited to researching and summarizing media outlets and media contacts in Colorado and nationwide that would be appropriate to "pitch" BP stories, updating media placement grids, assisting with building media story angles, identifying local Colorado speaking engagements and updating conference grid and more!

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PAID Lepidopterist Intern at Gardens on Spring Creek

Butterfly Pavilion is seeking a creative, highly motivated, and energetic individual to assist in butterfly and moth care, handling, and exhibit interpretation as part of a team of talented and experienced staff and volunteers at the Gardens on Spring Creek location. The primary goal of the Butterfly Pavilion Internship is for individuals to gain knowledge and hands-on training in invertebrate animal husbandry and education.

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Curatorial Zookeeper Intern - Entomologist

Assist with terrestrial invertebrate care, animal handling, USDA compliance and visitor education as part of a team of talented and experienced staff and volunteers. The primary goal of this internship is for students to gain knowledge in terrestrial invertebrate science, husbandry and education.

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Curatorial Zookeeper Intern - Aquarist

Assist with marine animal care, animal handling, and visitor education as part of a team of talented and experienced staff and volunteers. The primary goal of this internship is for students to gain knowledge in marine animal science, husbandry and education.

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Curatorial Zookeeper Intern – Lepidoptera

Assist with Lepidoptera (butterfly and moth) care, USDA compliance and reporting and visitor education as part of a team of talented and experienced staff and volunteers. The primary goal of this internship is for students to gain knowledge in Lepidoptera husbandry, identification and education.

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Horticulture Intern

Butterfly Pavilion is seeking a talented, enthusiastic individual to assist in our public horticulture programs as part of a team of experienced and hard-working staff and volunteers. This unpaid, academic internship will provide a well-rounded, hands-on educational experience in the field of zoological horticulture in a public setting.

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Urban Prairies Project Intern

The Urban Prairies Project (UPP) is a collaboration between Butterfly Pavilion, local governments and other environmental organizations to restore urban and suburban open spaces for wildlife and human use. The UPP intern will gain experience in restoration and environmental monitoring while supporting the development of a strong restoration volunteer.

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