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Accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, award-winning Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle is famed for pioneering naturalistic exhibits and setting a standard for zoos all over the world. The zoo is helping to save endangered species in Washington State and around the world. By inspiring visitors and others to learn, care and act, Woodland Park Zoo is making a difference in our planet’s future.

Woodland Park Zoo is a leader in online and social media, with the most viewed YouTube channel of any zoo or aquarium as well as an active presence on Facebook, Blogger, Twitter and Pinterest. All can be found through www.zoo.org.

This is your opportunity to join the dynamic External Relations team at Woodland Park Zoo. Applications are now being accepted for Digital Photography Intern in the Public Affairs & Communications Department at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. There is one unpaid volunteer position to be filled for late spring 2013, and one unpaid volunteer position to be filled for summer 2013. Spring and summer session dates are flexible based upon the applicant’s schedule and the needs of the zoo.


The digital photography intern will help supplement and maintain the zoo’s photo collection and perform other post-production activities while gaining exposure to the work life of a staff photographer at a major zoo. There will be frequent opportunities for the intern to shoot assignments, assist the zoo’s photographer, work on a longer-term project, and submit work for publication at the zoo and in the Seattle area. Subjects for photography at the zoo are wide-ranging and may include plants, animals, concerts, visitors and exhibits. Images made by the intern may be used in on-grounds signage, advertising, multimedia presentations, on our website, in social media or published in our member magazine/calendar, MyZoo.


Successful candidates for this position must have knowledge of digital photography, including the use of professional digital photographic equipment (usually Nikon or Canon DSLRs). Experience using Photoshop is a necessity. Candidates must own an external flash for behind the scenes (indoor) and evening event photography. Knowledge of Adobe Bridge is a plus. Video/multimedia skills are also desired. The position requires a commitment of 16-20 hours a week for the roughly three-month duration of the internship and is open to those 18 years of age and older. Students will be responsible for arranging to receive credit through their university or college. Housing and transportation are the responsibility of the applicant. Volunteers are subject to a background check and TB test.


Students pursuing a degree in photography (commercial, photojournalism etc.) from an accredited college or university are preferred, however, candidates displaying a high level of commitment to working as a photographer as evidenced by a strong portfolio, and/or related work history will also be considered.



Create an online portfolio with up to 20 of your best images chosen specifically for this application. Create the album on Facebook, Flickr, a blog site, or any other personal website and email the link along with your resume and letter of intent (PDF or Word doc preferred).

Include a variety of subject matter, including animal and non-animal subjects. Size images at 600 pixels wide or greater. Images should not be digitally manipulated beyond basic adjustments in toning/saturation etc., consistent with accepted photojournalistic standards. Be sure to include contact information in the email or online portfolio.

Letter of Intent

Please address the following questions in your letter of intent:

  • What is your background relating to photography?
  • What are your goals/hopes for this internship?
  • What is your availability (date range and days/hours if known)?
  • What are specific areas in which you wish grow as a photographer?
  • Who are a couple of photographers who inspire you? Why?
  • Anything else we should know that makes you a great candidate?


Please send your letter of intent, resume (must include contact info), and link to online portfolio to:


Subject: Photography Internship



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