Dallas Zoo Management, Inc.
 Dallas, TX


The Dallas Zoo is home to over 2,000 terrestrial and aquatic animals from nearly 600 species. Multiple internship opportunities are available in areas including primates, elephants, large cats, hippos, African ungulates, birds, reptiles, amphibians.

The Animal Care Internship provides an interesting and rewarding learning opportunity for currently enrolled students (or recent graduates) at an accredited college/university in the United States interested in pursuing a career in zoo keeping or animal behavior.

The intern will work directly with animal care staff to learn and assist with daily husbandry and habitat maintenance. All interns will be required to complete an assigned educational project during the semester. Interns work 40 hours per week (for a minimum of 350 hours) for up to 12 weeks during one of three sessions offered year-round. The Dallas Zoo will work with students on documentation needed to gain university credit for the internship. Unfortunately, we cannot provide transportation, housing, or a stipend.


  • Intern will experience and learn all aspects of animal husbandry including but not limited to: food preparation, exhibit maintenance, daily and weekly cleaning tasks, public presentations, daily enrichment, operant conditioning techniques, veterinary procedures, animal behavior observation, and record keeping
  • Participate in keeper presentations and tours, learning to interact with the public in both an educational and professional manner
  • Complete an assigned project and present findings
  • Participate in professional development opportunities made available throughout the internship to learn about zoo operations and career planning
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Available 40 hours per week for up to 12 weeks (dependent on area) including holidays and weekends
  • Flexible, self-motivated and a team player
  • Follow oral and written instructions
  • Establish and maintain an effective rapport with all levels of management, employees, and zoo guests
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Have good observational skills
  • Able to walk, stand, sit, kneel, stoop, crawl, twist, reach above head, pull, bend, climb stairs and ladders, carry up to 50lbs, and actively work in inclement weather
  • Have a valid US driver’s license with reliable transportation
  • Must be otherwise eligible to work in the U.S. at the time of the internship
  • Pass a background check and provide proof of negative TB test within the past year
  • Have some computer knowledge
  • Bilingual beneficial


  • Must be current enrolled in a college or university student as a junior, senior, masters level student, or recent college graduate
  • Applications accepted within one year after graduation
  • Biology, Zoology, Animal Science, Wildlife Biology or related major

Application Deadline is March 13, 2021

Summer Internship starts on May 19, 2021