AbstractsBusiness Management & Administration

The Creation of a Sustainability Internship Guidebook for the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

by Mary Sticklen

Institution: Miami University
Department: Environmental Sciences
Degree: Master of Environmental Science
Year: 2015
Keywords: Environmental Science; sustainability; internship satisfaction; volunteer management; guidebook; zoo
Record ID: 2058057
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This paper discusses the research and development of a Sustainability Internship Guidebook for the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. The purpose of this guidebook is to provide future sustainability interns with an accurate history and portrayal of the zoo’s sustainability program, provide a structured framework of weekly responsibilities and goals, and create opportunities for networking and career development. To create this guidebook I conducted research on guidebook design, internship satisfaction, and professional development. In addition, I worked closely with the Cincinnati Zoo’s sustainability coordinator to ensure the guidebook included all the necessary information and accurately reflects the zoo’s sustainability program. The resulting guidebook contains five sections: 1) an introduction and overview to the Cincinnati Zoo and its sustainability program, 2) a weekly schedule and outline of intern responsibilities, 3) Green VolunTeen management information, 4) potential, significant project information, and 5) resource documents.