College & Alumni Internships

Internships & Externships Available

Our Fall 2018 application period will be open in Late August. Please check back then.

San Antonio Zoo internship program is designed to allow college students and graduates an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in their chosen field. Internships are unpaid and housing is not provided. However, credit hours may be earned depending on the intern's school policy regarding internships. Interns are required to work for a minimum of 200 hours.

Internships are available throughout the year, but positions are limited and occasionally may not be available. Applications are accepted throughout the year for our Spring, Summer and Fall internship sessions. Please expect a 2-3 week application processing time after the deadline date. We will contact you for an interview using the email address on your application.

Applications will not be reviewed without a transcript. Unofficial transcripts are accepted but they will be verified with the school. We accept applications from alumni with a final transcript or degree certificate..

Applicants must complete the application online. After completion of the College Intern online application, College Interns should email their transcripts to Jessica Wolanski at

Please make sure to fill out all of the information required. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 



Animal Care Internships - These internships may include experiencing the daily operations of animal care, exhibit maintenance, animal behavior and record keeping. When possible, interns will be placed in areas that match their goals and interest. Due to the competitive nature of these types of internships it is best to be flexible with your selections. Animal Care internships are not research-based positions.

o Nutrition - Animal diet preparation

o Herpetology - Reptiles and Amphibians

o Aquarium - Fish, aquatic, invertebrates and turtles

o Birds Section 1 - Variety of bird species and brooder

o Birds Section 2 - Variety of bird species and multiple walk through aviaries

o Mammals Section 1- Primates, cat grotto, hippo, ambassador animals

o Mammals Section 3 - Hoof stock, tigers and lions

o Training and Enrichment - Development enrichment items and learn training techniques

o Entomology - Terrestrial invertebrate care and monarch butterfly parasitology

o Horticulture - Plant care and horticulture design

Non-Animal Care Internships -These internships may include experiencing the daily operations of the Marketing, Graphics, Education, and Revenue departments at the zoo. These internships are not animal care related.

o Marketing - Gain experience in digital marketing, public relations, event planning and in-park marketing.

o Development - Work with our Development Team on donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. Also, gain experience in event planning, grant writing and fund raising campaigns.

o Revenue- Work with our largest department at the zoo that includes our culinary, warehouse and gift shops and gain experience in a fun work setting.

o Education Evaluation and Guest Research Internships - Research guest behavior and perform program evaluation studies.

o Playleader – Gain Experience in nature play activities focused on ages 0-5 in an informal education setting.

o Citizen Science - Work with the Monarch Larval Monitoring System, collect data and input data using iNaturalist and the Journey North.

o Human Resources

o Will Smith Zoo School -Learn the benefits of connecting children with nature through hands-on experiences with children and guidance from teachers. They will develop and implement developmentally appropriate activities for students while creating and administering evaluations to document experiences in the outdoor learning environments.


Veterinarian Externships - Externships are only for 3rd and 4th year veterinarian students. Externships occur year round as space is available for selected candidates. Externs are expected to work 5 days a week for a 4-6 week period. Please contact our volunteer coordinator, Jessica Wolanski at for more details. To apply you will be required to submit a resume or CV, cover letter and two professional references.


Summer Naturalist Internship- This is an education internship that works with our youth volunteers as well as zoo guests. These internships are paid by a stipend. · Education Summer Naturalist Internship- As a Summer Naturalist intern, you will be working with the Education department of the San Antonio Zoo mentoring teen volunteers age 14-18 throughout the zoo. This position is challenged with inspiring guests to love, engage, act and protect animals and the places they live through sharing the Zoo’s passion for animal care, education and conservation. (Only available during the summer)