Give Back to Utica Internship Program

The Give Back to Utica Internship Program was started by Steve Oram, a donor-advisor of The Community Foundation.  Steve is a Utica native who got his start in the Oneida County Executive Office and is now a successful lawyer in Washington, D.C.  The selected intern will be awarded with $1,000 for completing the internship.

Please contact Lindsey Costello for more information on program at:

The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, Inc.
1222 State Street, Utica, NY 13502
315-735-8212 (phone)
315-735-9363 (fax)

Utica Zoo Internships Available for Program:

Timeline: Up to five weeks of internship, up to 30 hours per week

Cover letters and resumes must be received by May 2

Current High School Juniors and  Seniors ONLY

Communications & Development

Interns are involved in the implementation of the Utica Zoo’s PR plan and will gain hands-on knowledge and experience running a local and regional campaign. Interns write press materials, edit, organize news clips files, give building tours to media, set up and work booths at outreach events, update media databases, assist at special events and more. Within the department, graphic design, advertising and web based marketing will also be explored and developed. Interns also assist with duties related to fundraising, which could include: helping with creation of database for grants and foundation work, grant and foundation research, assisting with the Development staff with donor events, research potential funding sources (foundations, corporations, individuals, and public sources), data entry and other administrative duties as assigned. Interns also assist with Adopt and Animal fulfillment and new member acquisition campaigns. Interns will work closely with the staff and volunteers, providing support to all departments. Could include other responsibilities as they develop, based on intern’s interest areas and organization needs.

Applicants should have an interest in public relations and related course work, be comfortable in new situations, be able to react to situations quickly and multi-task as well as have a strong interest in conservation, wildlife, non-profit organization and conservation education Strong writing and research skills, flexible availability, ability to work in a team or independently and effective interpersonal skills and excellent writing skills are also required.

Contact Details:  Resumes with appropriate cover letters ( please specify program) should be sent to Daniee Hurlbert, Utica Zoo, One Utica Zoo Way, Utica, NY, 13501. 


Fax: 315-738-0475. 

The cover letter should include your areas of interest, goals and what you can offer the zoo. 

Start Date: Flexible

End Date: Flexible

Hours & Days: Flexible; Business hours 7 days a week, 9am-5pm year round

Wage: Unpaid;  credit may be available through your school

Hours & Admission

April 1- October 31: Open 10AM til 4:45 PM
November 1 - March 31: Open 10AM, admission/gift shop closes at 3PM & Zoo gates close at 4PM

Admission 4/1- 10/31 11/1- 3/31 & Group
Child 3-12 $4.75 $2.50
Adult 13-61 $7.75 $4.25
Senior 62+, Military, College w/ ID $6.75 $3.50

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