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This Program is designed to introduce college students or graduates seeking theoretical as well as hands on experience in the many facets of the Zoo World.  Participants are exposed to a broad range of fields inherent in Zoo operations such as administration, public relations, development, medicine, animal husbandry, education and many others.


Extern and Intern Programs provide an opportunity to earn credit towards a degree or gain insight and experience into career opportunities in the zoological field.


The purpose of Cougar Mountain Zoo’s Extern and Intern Programs is to enrich and to benefit candidates who are seeking to pursue a zoo career.  The Program is considered a service to those who are about to dedicate their lives, at first through study then followed by a career, in the quest of preserving the earth’s vanishing wildlife and the natural world as we know it today.


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Extern and Intern Program

Time Commitment:    

Minimum 400 hours required. Function in the prescribed discipline 32 hours or more per week for 12 weeks or more.  This may include weekends and holidays.


The Extern and Intern Program is a General Curriculum program.

Participants in this curriculum function in the following areas:

            1. Zoo Education Programs

            2. Zoo Administration

            3. Zoo Public Relations and Fundraising

            4. Zoo Animal Husbandry


Registration Requirements:

Complete intern program application, $200 one time non-refundable administration fee (good for multiple years), purchase of intern uniform, have active health insurance coverage, Tuberculosis test and current Tetanus vaccination.


Recognition of Achievement:

  • Certificate of Achievement

    Participants successfully fulfilling their pre-established personal commitment will receive a Certificate of Achievement indicating number of hours spent in prescribed Curriculum.


  • Letter of Recommendation

    Participants fulfilling the entire term of their pre-established commitment shall receive a letter of recommendation from appropriate Department Heads if requested in writing.

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