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College Internships

Internships & Externships Available

Applications for 2017. Summer Internship opportunities will be posted April 1 - May 1.

The San Antonio Zoo internship program is designed to allow college students 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. The summer is our busiest time of the year and all applications must be received by May 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. 

Summer Internships 

Summer 2017 Applications are now closed.

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 1 - Primates, bears and cats
  • Mammals Section 2 - Elephants, okapi and African wild dogs
  • Mammals Section 3 - Hoof stock, tigers and lions
  • Animal Ambassador Team - Education animals and Fun Farm
  • Training and Enrichment - Development enrichment items and learn training techniques
  • Entemology - 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.

  • Conservation Biology and Research - This internship involves experiencing the daily operations of our conservation biology team in a zoological setting. 

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.

    • Special Events/Public Relations
    • Marketing
    • Membership
    • Revenue
    • 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 



Education Summer Naturalist Internship-Do you enjoy the zoo and being outside? Do you like to talk? As a Summer Naturalist intern, you will be working with the Education department of the San Antonio Zoo mentoring teens 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. Application closes April 12.