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College Internships

College Internships

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 the appropriate due date in order to be considered. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Applicants must complete the application online and either email, mail or fax a copy of your current transcript and a letter of intent explaining what you want most out of an internship with the Zoo. Please send these after you have completed the online application. Applications will not be reviewed without a transcript and letter of intent. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

*The Summer Naturalist Intership is the only exception and does provide a small stipend.

College Interns may submit their transcripts and letter of intent by the following methods:




San Antonio Zoo
ATTN: Volunteers Services
3903 N. St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78212


Fax: 210-734-6989

San Antonio Zoo interns must:

  • Complete 200 hours either through a part-time or full-time internship
  • Must work 2-3 days a week
  • Agree to a criminal background check
  • Read and abide by the policies listed in the Volunteer handbook
  • Maintain a customer friendly attitude
  • Provide annual proof of TB testing
  • 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
  • Complete education objectives and evaluations set by Volunteer Services

Internships Available:

Education Department

The Education Department is responsible for formal and informal program offerings available for Zoo guests. These include scheduled classes for children, adults, families, school groups, summer camp programming and educational special events. This is a great opportunity for communication, public speaking, education, and drama majors.

  • Education Department Intern: Projects vary with interns program of study, semester of completion as well as intern interest.


  • Nature Spot Intern: This is a fantastic learning experience for students majoring in Environmental Education, Early Childhood Education, or related field.  Students conduct their internship in Kronkosky's Tiny Tot Nature Spot under the supervision of the Nature Spot Coordinator.  This exhibit is specially designed for children under the age of 5 and their families to Get Wet and Get Dirty.  Interns develop and implement play-based nature activities, facilitate exhibit exploration, monitor age appropriate use of the exhibit, and participate in a wide variety of interpretation opportunities.  We are looking for students who enjoy working outdoors, interacting with the public through conversation and play, and have a love of nature and children.


  • Summer Camp Intern: This is an excellent opportunity for education and natural science majors to gain hands on experience teaching informal science education as well as zoological and naturalist studies. Camp interns assist in the planning and facilitating of daily camp activities and teach zoo-related curriculum as well as participate in animal handling.


  • Graphic Design Intern: The San Antonio Zoo handles all graphic design for signage and most printed materials in-house. Interns are responsible for computer generated materials that vary from project to project and semester to semester.
  • Evaluation Intern: Interns will support several current evaluation projects by assisting staff with data collection, data management, data analysis, literature searches/reviews, and reporting. Interns will have the opportunity to work on elements of a variety of different projects, depending both on the project need and on the intern’s interest. Examples include exhibit graphics; exhibit use; guest encounter experiences; and teen volunteer programs. 
  • Summer Naturalist Intern: Are you interested in a conservation career? Do you love being outdoors, mentoring teens, and protecting the environment? Join the San Antonio Zoo and become empowered to make a difference in the world by participating in the Summer Naturalist program! As a Summer Naturalist intern, you will act as a mentor and guide teens in presenting conservation messages to Zoo guests. Applicants should be interested in being a mentor to teen volunteers, gaining experience working in a Zoo environment, speaking directly with the public, and have knowledge of conservation efforts. Summer Naturalists agree to work from May-August, on Wednesday – Sunday from 9:30am-3:30pm, with occasional off-site meetings. Applications must be received no later than March 9, 2015.
    Click here for application link.

Animal Care

The San Antonio Zoo's animal collection includes more than 3,500 animals representing over 750 species. An animal department internship 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 interests.

These internships are not research-based positions. 

Animal Departments are organized into 9 different areas:

  • Birds
  • Reptiles
  • Aquarium
  • Mammals North Department (elephants, giraffes, zebra, cheetah, wild dog, etc.)
  • Mammals East Department (rhinos, big cats, hoofstock, marsupials, etc.)
  • Mammals South Department (hippos, okapi, prairie dogs, squirrel monkeys, bats, sloth, etc.)
  • Mammals West Department (primates, large and small cats, anteaters, armadillos, bears, etc.)
  • Nutrition Center (food prep for all animals in the collection)
  • Vet Interns (available only to 2nd year vet students, no pre-vet internships are available)

Development, Human Resources, IT department

Occasionally, positions may become available in these departments.

  • Marketing/PR Intern: A great experience for anyone entering the fields of marketing, public relations and tourism. Opportunities include creating animal fact sheets for the Zoo’s website, assisting with basic press releases, and guest surveys. Knowledge of basic computer skills, Photoshop, and photography is a must. Must have a great attitude and be able to approach visitors.

All internship candidates please apply by clicking the application in the link below.
Click here for application link