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Application Process

College students or recent graduates who wish to apply should send a cover letter and resume to the respective party, based on the internship description.

The cover letter should include the following:

  • Why you are interested in an internship at the Jackson Zoo
  • Where you heard about the intern program
  • What intern opportunities interest you
    • For Animal Care Internships- your first and second choices for animal area: Primates, Hoofstock, Carnivores, Discovery Zoo, Birds.
  • What you would like to gain from an internship

Important Dates

Fall Semester internship

  • runs first full week of September through the month of November
  • application due July 31st

 Spring Semester internship

  • runs first full week of February through the month of April.
  • application due December 31st

Summer internship

  • runs first full week of June through the month of July.
  • application due March 31st


Marketing and Communications Department

Social Media Internship

Description: will be instrumental in increasing our social media presence and getting visibility for the Jackson Zoo. The intern will also assist with Annual Fund programs & projects and will be supervised by the Director of Major Gifts & Annual Fund.

Animal Care Department

Animal Care Internship

Description: The Jackson Zoo’s Animal Care Internship is an unpaid, un-benefited professional animal keeping intern position in various animal areas of the Jackson Zoo. Interns will provide animal care and perform husbandry training tasks to a large collection of exotic and domesticate animals.

Animal Care Summer Intern

Animal Care Semester Intern