By offering these fantastic work placements, we are inspiring the next generation of scientists, conservationists and zookeepers! Our unique work placements offer students the chance to work alongside some of our experts within various teams at the zoo, including our science team and animal sections. They also have the capacity to support their studies by completing some research during their time here; many of the interns are studying a degree or masters, so this placement offers them the perfect opportunity to increase their knowledge and develop their studies.

We’re sending this years’ group on their way after a successful year at the zoo, and wishing them ‘good luck’ in the future! Before the students leave, we caught up with them to find out about their experience at Chester Zoo and what they learnt. Take a look at the stories below…

Conservation social science intern

Bethany is a zoology student at the University of Manchester. When she saw the advert for this internship, she thought it would be a great opportunity to dive into social science research! Read more about Bethany’s experience and research here.

Rhino intern

Charlotte has always dreamed of doing a placement at Chester Zoo, so she jump at the chance of an internship within our rhino section and the chance to complete some research on our anoa. Find out more about Charlotte’s placement and what she learned.

Endocrinology intern

Sian is a pharmacology student from the University of Manchester who discovered that she really enjoyed a module on endocrinology. When she came across the endocrinology placement at the zoo, she was thrilled to be able to develop her lab-based skills. Take a look at what Sian discovered in her research here.

Elephant intern

Toby is a student at the University of Kent who is studying Wildlife Conservation. He heard that Chester Zoo has a great reputation for management of elephants, so he was keen to complete his placement here within the elephant section. Find out what Toby got up to and what he decided to focus his research on.