Career Exploration

Career Exploration


Students can gain meaningful experience while meeting school requirements. The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo accepts college students and high school seniors throughout the year for internship positions in:


Students pursuing degrees in animal health can meet externship requirements at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. The zoo accepts college students throughout the year for externship positions in:

Select your area of interest for more information, including a job description, qualifications, and a link to the application form.

Internships and externships are educational and hands-on experiences. These positions are unpaid and priority is given to those who receive school credit for their experience. Applications are accepted all year, but should be submitted at least three months in advance of your anticipated start date to be competitive.

Lawrence A. Ackerman Scholarship

The Fort Wayne Zoological Society awards a one-time $2,000 scholarship to a high school senior pursuing a career in the stewardship of animals. Graduating high school seniors in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley counties in Indiana are eligible to apply.

Interested students should contact the zoo at 260-427-6809 or download an application. The annual application deadline is February 1.

The Scholarship was established in 1992 to honor the late Dr. Larry Ackerman, who served as the zoo’s veterinarian for 25 years. Contributions to the fund are always welcome and may be mailed to Ackerman Scholarship Fund, 3411 Sherman Blvd., Fort Wayne, In 46808. Contributions are tax deductible.

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Zoo Careers

Do you want to work with animals? A career in a zoo setting can be rewarding. Click here to get more information on zoo keeping as a career. View job opportunities at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.

Job Shadows

Are you a high school student considering a career as a zoo keeper? Gain a better understanding of this rewarding career by applying for a Job Shadow at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.

Job Shadows are available on a limited basis and must be scheduled at least 3 weeks in advance. A $15 fee is charged for each Job Shadow experience. Scholarships are available for students demonstrating financial need.

If you have questions about any of the resources or programs listed above, contact the Zoo Education Department at 260-427-6808 or