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Internships and Externships

Wolf Park's Internship Program provides unique opportunities for individuals to advance their knowledge about wolves, foxes, and bison in human care. Our program is designed to incorporate lecture based learning about topics such as animal training, husbandry, and ethology, with applied activities throughout our 75 acre facility. Throughout their time here, interns will work alongside staff to meet the operational needs of a small non-profit.

Educational Programs Internship

2024 Dates

January 15 – April 15
March 11 – June 15
May 6 – July 27
May 27 – August 25

Location: Wolf Park in Battle Ground, IN

Program Details: 

Interns have an opportunity to gain experience in educational program development and archival work, all while supporting the daily operations of a non-profit organization. Each intern will be tasked with completing a final project that showcases their skills.

Interns will gain experience in the following areas:

  • Public Relations: Interns will interact and work with the public daily, including customer service in the gift shop and presenting tours and summer camps. Interns will gain experience working with adults and children, and learn how to develop educational material for all ages.
  • Archival Work: Interns will catalog images, documents, and recordings from Wolf Park’s archives.
  • Exhibit Development: Interns will work with Wolf Park staff to develop educational exhibits.
  • Non-profit Management: Interns will learn about marketing, grant writing, fundraising, networking, outreach, and event coordination at a non-profit.
  • Daily Operations of a Non Profit: Interns will be asked to assist in the following areas: office/clerical, maintenance of grounds, manual labor, retail and admissions.

Typical activities include:

  • Assisting with Large Scale Projects: This includes planning exhibits, developing new programs, and working in our archives.
  • Serving as a docent for educational programs: Educational programs are essential to our mission at Wolf Park. Interns will learn how to present tours and lead educational programs.
  • Grounds and Maintenance Work: Interns help us do everything that keeps the park up and running, including cleaning the general admission area, cutting grass and shoveling snow. It may not always be glamorous, but we wouldn’t be open without these things!
  • Attending Educational Lectures: weekly educational sessions are given by staff members on topics such as: animal husbandry, nonprofit management, classical and operant conditioning, training techniques, updates on wild wolf populations and state management.
  • Completing a Final Project: All interns are tasked with completing a final project that showcases the skills they’ve learned during the course of the internship. Interns will develop this project with programs staff and present their work at the end of the internship.
  •  Make Friends for Life: Our Interns and Externs come from all over the United States and countries around the world, including: Germany, Japan, Australia, Norway, and Ireland. Internships are a fantastic way to meet new people.

Application Process: 

Interns are required to submit an application for consideration. Applications can be found on our website.

Once the completed application packet is received, it is reviewed by the Wolf Park programs team. If you appear to be a good match for our program, the next step is an interview. This can be conducted over the phone or through Zoom. Interviews typically take about one hour and are scheduled with the Education & Advocacy Coordinator.

If you are accepted, your acceptance will be contingent on a background check, which we conduct after receipt of your $150 refundable deposit to hold your space

Costs: A $150 refundable deposit is required at the time of acceptance to hold your space.  Housing is included for interns choosing to live on site. Food, transportation to and from our facility, groceries, souvenirs, visas, and other expenses are not included in the program price. Interns living on-site receive a living stipend.

Application: Applications must be completed online. Supplemental materials (2 Letters of recommendation, transcripts, resume and/or CV, and personal statement) can be emailed or mailed to our facility.

Application Deadlines: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Priority is given to those applicants with relevant experience or studying towards fields that are most relevant to work at Wolf Park. Submit your application as soon as possible to have the best chance of securing a space. Summer is our busiest season and on-site housing often fills up by the end of February. Please plan your application well in advance of your intended internship period.

Questions? Please email