Zoo Internships

About the Zoo Internship

The Greensboro Science Center is looking for qualified interns for summer zoo internships. Interns will assist keeper staff in all aspects of daily animal husbandry and care. Interns should expect to learn AZA skills to prepare them for a full time career in this highly competitive field. Interns will assist with a particular string as assigned which may include carnivores, hoofstock, and small and large mammals.


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“My supervisor made sure I could gain a variety of experiences based on my interests. Interning at the GSC taught me what it is to be part of a great working team with very high husbandry standards. It taught me the skills I need to excel in future internships and my career after graduation.”

-Jennie B., Zoo Intern, Spring 2016
  • completing daily observations of animals on your assigned string
  • cleaning exhibit and holding spaces
  • preparing diets
  • implementing enrichment and animal welfare practices
  • observing and assisting in administration of preventive health care
  • observing and assisting in husbandry training
  • ensuring personal and animal safety by following established protocols
  • learning about SSP breeding programs and conservation efforts
  • learning modern practices that adhere to USDA and AZA standards
  • attending lectures on zoo topics with fellow interns
Zoo Interns, when possible, are typically on site for a 40 hour, 5 day schedule. Still in school? We’ll work around your schedule, as long as you have at least 3 full days available during the week/weekend. Zoo interns must complete a minimum of 400 hours. The selected applicant will be expected to start in May and continue through August.
Jessica Hoffman, General Curator
Keepers, including string leads and relief staff
  • Interns must be able to work in a team environment as well as independently, and must have good communication skills
  • Interns must be detail oriented, excellent listeners who can abide by rules and protocols for their own safety—as well as the safety of the animals in their care
  • Interns must be able to lift 50 lbs and be able to perform physical work outside in varied weather conditions
  • Interns must complete all intern paperwork and pass a background check
  • Interns must have proof of a current TB test (within the past year)
  • Interns must have college level schooling in zoology, biology or any other animal related field AND 6 months related animal care experience
  • Preference will be given to senior level or recent college graduates pursuing zookeeping as a career

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and list of 3 people who can provide professional references for you (you do not need to submit the actual references) to internships@greensboroscience.org by 5:00 pm on Thursday, March 15. Please combine all three documents into one document with a file name that indicates your name and the internship you are applying for. Example John_Smith_Zoo_Internship. No phone calls please. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Internship opportunities are unpaid and housing opportunities are unavailable.

Due to the large number of applications we typically receive, only selected applicants will be contacted for interviews. Final selections will be made no later than April 15.