Internships and Externships

Zoo Atlanta is a cultural institution engaged in the care, exhibition, study, and conservation of wildlife. Our mission is to establish superior environments and high quality care for the animals in our collection, and to provide our guests with an enjoyable and educational experience. 
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. Internships are available in most animal areas as well as in education, marketing, research, finance, institutional advancement and other areas. Most internships are offered for the spring, summer, fall, and winter terms, but not all areas will have positions available during all terms. Weekly hour requirements are different for each internship and outlined in the intern job descriptions, with no more than 40 hours worked a week. Internship length will depend upon the department you are applying to, ranging from 6-12 weeks and no longer than 1 year. Interns will need to re-apply for a second internship. 
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 students in their final year of an accredited program who wish to acquire experience working in a clinical setting with a zoological collection; the program will offer hands-on opportunities to work with a wide range of species. The zoo veterinarians and the senior veterinary technician supervise this position. Anesthesia, restraint, sample collection, and laboratory techniques with exotic animals will be covered. This program is voluntary and no stipend is available. Dates and durations of the externship are flexible; however, a minimum of six weeks of 40-hour/ week is required.
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. 

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
  • Experience that will look great on your resume
  • An environment with meaningful and fun work opportunities
  • Opportunities to develop new skills, make new friends, and learn about endangered species and conservation issues
  • Opportunities to develop personal  connections to professionals in your field of interest
  • An evaluation of your performance 
  • A chance to help the Zoo save endangered species and the environment
  • The Zoo...you get to visit every day!