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One City, Two Attractions = National Attention for Extraordinary Internships

Monday, October 29, 2012

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and The Indianapolis Zoo are proud to announce they have each been selected by Vault for having one of the top ten non-profit internship programs in the United States of America.

Vault is an international company that specializes in providing information for professionals and students seeking high-potential careers.  Fortune called Vault “The best place on the Web to prepare for a job search.” 

Each year, Vault’s editors evaluate hundreds of internship programs around the country and select those they believe provide the “best all-around experience.” The city of Indianapolis can now boast two of Vaults’ Top Ten exemplary internship programs: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Zoological Society.  

“Our interns are a valuable part of our education program, both internally and externally” said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. “Watching these young people grow into well-rounded professionals is extremely gratifying and we couldn’t be more proud of their accomplishments. An added bonus is that training students on how to provide quality intergenerational family learning opportunities ensures that extraordinary experiences continue for generations to come.” 

Every year, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis provides an average of 60 college students an opportunity to work in all areas of the museum.  Students earn college credit and as much as $20,000 in museum scholarships is divided among them annually.

“Internships are such a good fit for a place like the Indianapolis Zoo where embracing fresh ideas, and fostering an enthusiasm for teaching and learning are such an important part of what we hope to accomplish,” said Indianapolis Zoo President and CEO Michael Crowther. “We are also eager to support young professionals who show an interest in careers with zoos, aquariums and the not-for-profit world.”  

The Indianapolis Zoo's internship program offers a unique opportunity for 50 high school, college, and recent graduates annually to become actively involved in the Zoo's conservation, research, education, and recreation efforts. Zoo interns can enhance their knowledge and experience in various animal care and administrative roles. 

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is a nonprofit institution committed to creating extraordinary learning experiences across the arts, sciences, and humanities that have the power to transform the lives of children and families. For more information about The Children's Museum, visit, follow us on Twitter @TCMIndy, and YouTube.

Located in White River State Park downtown, the Indianapolis Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Association of Museums as a zoo, aquarium and botanical garden. The Indianapolis Zoo empowers people and communities, both locally and globally, to advance animal conservation.