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2020 Winter Animal Care Internships

San Antonio Zoo’s 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.

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, cat grotto, hippo, ambassador animals
  • Mammals Section 3 – Hoofstock, 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 Biology and Research- This internship involves experiencing the daily operations of our conservation biology team in a zoological setting.

Winter Internship Session: November 2020 – January 2021.
Incomplete internship applications will not be considered.  


We are now accepting applications for our Winter 2020 internship sessions.
Applicants must complete the application online. After completing the college internship application online, applicants should email their transcripts to Rachel Buck at Please submit your completed application by September 1, 2020.