Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens invites applicants for a special events and public relations internship in the Zoo’s busy marketing department.
The marketing and public relations department handles all media requests for the Zoo and Gardens, as well as special events which enhance the guest experience.

Interns will assist the Special Event and Public Relations Supervisor with the following:

  • Helping plan, implement all the Zoo and Gardens special events to include event set up, tear-down, etc.
  • Coordinating need for Volunteers as well as instructing them on specific duties associated with the special event
  • Gathering information pertaining to news stories
  • Assisting with writing press releases and updating various social media,
  • Assisting with organizing with media events/representatives.
  • Conducting research
  • Attending  and participating in staff meetings
  • Other administrative duties as needed


  • Major in public relations, journalism, communication, marketing, or related field
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Willingness to take initiative and motivation to seek new learning opportunities
  • Keen attention to detail when proofreading, copyediting, and fact-checking
  • Flexibility and a good sense of humor
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Desktop publishing, HTML, and related computer skills
  • Good research ability and command of the Internet
  • Public relations experience or abilities
  • Professionalism

This is an internship for credit only

Days and times are flexible but a minimum of 15 to 20 hours per week are required along with ability to work all special events that typically occur at night or on weekends/holidays.

Interested students should send a resume and cover letter to: employment@jacksonvillezoo.org  or contact Jennifer Paulk at paulkj@jacksonvillezoo.org

Applicants will have to pass a background check before beginning the internship program.


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