Internships and Externships

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; and a fun and meaningful environment. 


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.

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to contact all applicants. Please note that determinations are based on qualifications and aligned with departmental needs. Thank you for your interest.

2020 Intern Term Schedule

  • Spring Term:
    • Applications due Friday, November 1
    • Determination letters sent by Friday, November 30
    • Term:
      • January 13 – April 30
  • Summer Term:
    • Applications due Friday, February 21
    • Determination letters sent by Friday, March 20
    • Term: May 11 – August 2 OR
    • June 8 – August 31
  • Fall Term:
    • Applications due Friday, June 19
    • Determination letters sent by Friday, July 17
    • Term: August 31 – December 20

Mandatory Intern Orientation will take place on the first day of the term from 10 a.m. to noon. Interns must pass a background check and present a negative TB test. 

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Internship Application

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:

The program is designed for veterinary technician 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 externship must be part of the required curriculum and count toward graduation credits. This program is voluntary, and no stipend or housing is available. Dates and durations of the externship are flexible; however, a minimum of six weeks of 40-hours/week is required.

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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.

  • Complete online application and submit resume, cover letter and (2) letters of reference
  • Must be 18 years old and no longer in high school
  • Must be able to commit to full semester
    • Hours for each opportunity vary and will not exceed 40 hours a week.
  • Pay a $10 orientation fee which will cover one (1) Intern T-shirt
  • Must pass a background check and present a negative TB test.
  • 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).
  • Attend designated training and continuing education classes for your service area.
  • Report on time for scheduled events/service areas.
  • Notify the Manager of Volunteer Programs, in writing, of any change in internship status.

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