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The Minnesota Zoo Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that supports  the Minnesota Zoo in its mission to connect people, animals and the natural world. An intern in this creative and fast-paced environment will work in teams and independently to assist in the Foundation’s efforts in the areas of marketing, events, strategy development and administration. Interns are expected to have FUN while they learn and are encouraged to seek out projects and experiences best suited to their interests and skills.

Reports to: Special Events Manager
Status: Part-time/temporary/volunteer (can be used towards class credit)
Date: January – May 2015 (start and end dates flexible)
Hours: 20 – 30 hours per week, schedule to be arranged


The Minnesota Zoo Foundation Special Events Intern will assist the Special Events Manager with event planning, including clerical duties, data entry, auction solicitation, and fund raising on behalf of the Minnesota Zoo’s 27th Annual Beastly Ball.  The Beastly Ball is one of the Twin Cities premier fundraising events, bringing together over 600 guests for an evening of dinner, dancing, auctions, and entertainment – all to conserve our wild places and wild lands.

Major Responsibilities:

  1. Provide gala event support through general clerical work, data entry, auction item cataloging, online auction support, auction item solicitations, etc. as well as working at the 2015 Beastly Ball on Saturday, April 25.
  2. Attend Beastly Ball committee meetings as needed.
  3. Provide possible event support for other events taking place during the months of hire.
  4. Perform other duties and responsibilities as required or assigned.

Qualifications and Skills:

Education. High school diploma required.  Currently enrolled in or recently completed a bachelor degree with a major or related course work in business administration, marketing, or related field.

Experience. Prior experience (paid or volunteer) in event planning or office administration; experience in a non-profit, education or cultural environment a plus.

Skills/Knowledge/Ability. Self-motivated, organized, attention to detail, strong people skills, poised, excellent phone and communications skills, ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines.  Computer aptitude required, with Microsoft Office experience preferred.  Familiarity with Auction Tracker and Raiser’s Edge software helpful.  A flexible team worker.

Equipment Operated. Computers, printers, telephone, and other general office equipment.

To apply, please e-mail your resume, cover letter, and three references to douglas.tiede@mnzoo.org.