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Internships and Externships

Internships
Internships at Zoo Atlanta are designed to provide training and professional work experience that will help you achieve your academic and professional goals. Intern positions are unpaid and open to applicants enrolled in a degree-seeking program or who have recently graduated within two years from a college program in a field relevant to the internship being applied for. Hours for each opportunity vary and will not exceed 40 hours a week.
 
Veterinary Externships
Veterinary Student Externship Program: The program is designed for veterinary students who have completed their third year and is intended for them to become more familiar with the practice of zoo veterinary medicine. The minimum externship period required is 6 weeks. Students are required to complete a project of their choosing during the 6-week period. This is a volunteer program; no stipend is available. 
 
Veterinary Technician Student Externship Program: The program is designed for veterinary students who have completed their third year and is intended for them to become more familiar with the practice of zoo veterinary medicine. The minimum externship period required is 6 weeks. Students may be required to complete a project of their choosing during the 6-week period. This is a volunteer program; no stipend is available.
 
Once you have applied for the position you are interested in, including submission of the requested materials, you will be contacted to set up an individual interview IF you meet the qualifications and there is intern placement availability.

2015 Intern Terms
Spring: January 9-May 15 – Application due by December 2, 2014 
Summer: May 8-August 28 – Application due by April 1, 2015 
Fall: August 21-December 18 – Application due by July 14, 2015
*Mandatory Intern Orientation will take place on the first day of the term from 9:30am-Noon. 
*Must pass a background check and present a negative TB test 

View open internship and externship opportunities

Zoo Atlanta interns agree to:

  • Abide by the rules and regulations of Zoo Atlanta, your service area, and those set forth in the internship handbook (a handbook will be provided to you prior to your first day)
  • Prior to beginning your internship, submit to a background check and present a negative TB test completed within the last year
  • Attend designated training and continuing education classes for your service area 
  • Report on time for scheduled events/service areas
  • Notify your supervisor, in writing, of any change in internship status
Zoo Atlanta agrees to provide interns:
  •  Skills, training, and support materials needed for designated service area
  •  Opportunities to develop personal connections to professionals in your field of interest
  •  Hands-on experience that will look great on your resume
  •  Opportunities to develop new skills and make new friends
  •  A chance to make a difference  for endangered species and conservation issues 
  •  A fun and meaningful environment to intern