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Volunteers :: College Internship Program

College Internship Program

The Dallas Zoo College Internship Program provides a learning opportunity for currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students at an accredited college/university in the United States. Interns become actively involved in the Zoo’s animal care departments, conservation/research efforts, operations, and/or administrative positions.

Interns work 20-40 hours per week for a maximum of 12 weeks. Each placement is designed to help the intern gain experience related to their education. Most internship positions are unpaid. The Zoo does not provide transportation, housing or a stipend.

All interns will be required to complete an educational project, participate in at least one service learning project, and attend professional development sessions designed especially for Dallas Zoo interns.

The Dallas Zoo Volunteer Services Department will work with students / schools to document internship experience needed to gain university/college credit.


Must be able to perform physical challenges involved in the daily duties of the department including talking for long periods, walking throughout the park, lifting/carrying equipment weighing approximately 50 lbs., sitting, kneeling, stooping, crawling, twisting, reaching above head, pulling, bending, and climbing stairs and ladders. Candidate must be able and willing to perform all above duties outdoors and in all weather conditions.

Internship Requirements:

  • Current college or university student or applications submitted within one year after graduation
  • Ability to work 20 – 40 hours per week for 12 weeks
  • Must be U.S. National
  • Candidates selected for internship must pass background check and TB test.

How to Apply:

Available internships are posted on the Dallas Zoo website. Click the “About Us” tab and go to Careers: Zoo and Aquarium Openings to find available internships.

Internship Job Posting and Deadline Schedule:

  • Summer Semester (May-August) – Applications Open: January 10 / Close: March 10
  • Fall Semester (September-December) – Applications Open: May 1 / Close: July 10
  • Spring Semester (January-April) – Applications Open: September 1 / Close: November 10

Candidates are encouraged to apply early. Due to the high volume of applications received, you will be contacted only if you are considered for an interview.

Please contact the Dallas Zoo Volunteer Services Department for additional information/questions: