Conservation and research internship

Assist in research and conservation projects. Upper division and graduate students are evaluated on a case-by-case basis depending on the needs of current conservation and research projects.

Ongoing conservation and research projects include:

  • Western pond turtle head starting

  • propagation and translocation of Oregon Silverspot butterfly larvae
  • propagation and translocation of Taylor's checkerspot butterfly larvae

Suitable for undergraduate or graduate level college students. Course credit and letters of recommendation are available, however this is an unpaid internship. To be considered, a student must be receiving academic credit from or be fulfilling an academic requirement of an accredited Institution of Higher Education. It is the responsibility of the intern to ensure that all university or college requirements are met to receive credit.

To apply, send the following:

  • curriculum vitae
  • application form
  • letter of recommendation from your academic advisor or sponsor
  • cover letter
Your cover letter should address:
  1. What are your career goals and how would this internship help you achieve them?
  2. What kind of coursework and/or experience do you have that would make
you a valuable intern?
  3. Describe your computer skills.
  4. In what areas are you most interested in attaining experience through this internship?


Summer term – Feb. 1
Fall/winter/spring terms – Jul. 1

By email (preferred)

Conservation internship coordinator
Put "Conservation and research internship" in the subject of your email.

By mail

Conservation internship coordinator
Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Road
Portland, OR 97221