Internship Programs

Internship Programs

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Animal Internship Programs

Austin Zoo’s Internship Program is intended to give individuals the opportunity to have a comprehensive working experience in our Zoo profession. Our program offers interns the opportunity to learn about the operations of a modern zoo, animal care and to obtain some basic entry-level experience.

We offer two internship positions for Spring, Summer and Fall each year. For each time period, we require an absolute minimum of 192 hours of work. During the program, interns will work with our Zookeepers 8 hours per day, 4 days per week in 5 of the 7 areas throughout our Zoo. Each week of the program focuses on a different area. The internship concludes with a project week. Internship hours will vary weekly between 7:30am-4:00pm and 9:30am-6:00pm depending on which area of the Zoo the intern is working.

You must be 18 years of age or older to apply for an intern position. Preference will be given to internship applicants enrolled in a college science course in which an internship is required.

All intern positions are unpaid.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter describing why you want to be a part of Austin Zoo’s Internship Program and what you hope to learn from the experience. Please indicate in the letter if this internship is required for college coursework. In addition, complete our Volunteer Application. We also require a current resume. Please email your cover letter, Volunteer Application and current resume to during the designated dates listed below.

Application Deadlines:

For each intern session, we only accept applications during these dates. No exceptions.

  • Spring: Applications accepted Nov. 1- Nov. 30 and we will decide on positions by the end of December.
  • Summer: Applications accepted Feb. 1- Feb. 28 and we will decide on positions by the end of March after Spring Break.
  • Fall: Applications accepted June 1- June 30 and we will decide on positions by the end of July.
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