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.

Program and Interpretation Intern

The Program and Interpretation Intern will serve as a valuable member of the Programs and Interpretation Team at Butterfly Pavilion by providing support to our School Programs, Community Programs, or Interpretation team. This intern will first experience the roles of each team and then apply for a project directly supporting one of the three educational areas of Butterfly Pavilion. In interpretation this will mean supporting floor programs and guest interactions throughout the day, in School Programs this will mean supporting our on-site school programming through assisting with and even leading classes and with our Community Programs team this will mean supporting family, scout, and adult oriented educational opportunities occurring outside of a school setting.

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Exhibit Design Intern

The Exhibit Design Intern will serve as a valuable member of the Exhibits Team at Butterfly Pavilion by providing support to our Exhibits Manager during the exhibits design process for new exhibits, graphic design elements, and events needs throughout the semester.

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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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Lead Zookeeper Intern

Assist with terrestrial invertebrate, Lepidoptera (butterfly and moth), and marine animal care. The intern will assist in 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 invertebrate animal husbandry and AZA accreditation requirements.

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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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