College Internships

Internships & Externships Available

2018 Spring internship applications are now closed. 

The 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. All applications must be received by September 1st in order to be considered. Applications are accepted throughout the year. 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. 

2018 Spring Internship Opportunities 

San Antonio Zoo interns must:

    • Complete 200 hours either through a part-time or full-time internship
    • Dedicate 2-3 full days to the internships (Schedules and times vary between departments)
    • Agree to a criminal background check
    • Complete 10 written objective papers
    • Complete a midterm evaluation
    • Complete an exit evaluation
    • Read and abide by the policies listed in the volunteer handbook
    • Maintain a customer friendly attitude
    • Provide annual proof of TB testing (this test is required before you can start your internship)
    • Keep an accurate record of volunteer hours
    • Report on time for volunteer service
    • Wear a designated uniform and nametag while volunteering on zoo property
    • Meet with Volunteer Services at the end of the internship to conduct an exit interview
    • Notify Volunteer Services, in writing, of any change in volunteer status


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.

  • Nutrition - Animal diet preparation
  • Herpetology - Reptiles and Amphibians 
  • Aquarium - Fish, aquatic, invertebrates and turtles
  • Birds Section 1 - Variety of bird species and brooder
  • Birds Section 2 - Variety of bird species and multiple walk through aviaries
  • Mammals Section 3 - Hoof stock, tigers and lions
  • Training and Enrichment - Development enrichment items and learn training techniques
  • Entomology - Terrestrial invertebrate care and monarch butterfly parasitology 
  • Horticulture - Plant care and horticulture design
  • Conservation/Research Internships -These internships are long term and require a minimum of 6 months – 1 year dedication to the program. Applicants who are driven to work with endangered species specifically amphibians.

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.

  • Marketing - Gain experience in digital marketing, public relations, event planning and in-park marketing. 
  • Development - Work with our Development Team on donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. Also, gain experience in event planning, grant writing and fund raising campaigns. 
  • Education Evaluation and Guest Research Internships - Research guest behavior and perform program evaluation studies.
  • Citizen Science - Work with the Monarch Larval Monitoring System, collect data and input data using iNaturalist and the Journey North.
  • Human Resources 

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.