Animal Department Internship

Animal Department Internships

An Animal Department internship is an exciting hands-on opportunity to participate in animal care in a zoo. Interns must be available a minimum of two days a week for eight hour days. Internships generally last for three months. Accepted interns must submit to drug testing. Must be 18 years or older.

Applicants must submit a completed Animal Department Internship Application form. Applicants must be able to provide proof of health insurance, submit a letter expressing his/her interest, a resume, and two letters of recommendation. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

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For more information please call 407.323.4450 ext. 120 or email   

Internship programs run by semesters:

  • January-April

  • May-August

  • September-December

All materials must be submitted by the 15th of the month, a month and a half prior to the desired semester (i.e. November 15th for a January internship).

Internship Opportunities:


Animal Nutrition: Planning and preparing animal diets and enrichments.

Bird Department: Bald eagles, hawks, owls, parrots, vultures, hornbills, toucans, kookaburras, black-throated magpie jays, and more.

Carnivore Department: Cheetahs, leopard, cougar, otters, clouded leopards, kinkajous, and fossa.  

Hoofstock Department: Giraffes, Asian rhinos, warthogs, peccaries, and petting zoo, including: llama, alpaca, goats, and rooster.

Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation: Conservation center for eastern indigo snakes.

Small Mammal Department: Black-handed spider monkeys, red-ruffed and brown lemurs, lesser spot-nosed guenons, cotton-top tamarins, South African crested porcupines, and sloths.

Program Animals: Invertebrates, lizards, snakes, turtles/tortoises, alligators, parrots, owls, hornbill, kestrel, bald eagle, kinkajous, prairie dogs, hedgehog, opossums, sugar gliders, and more.

Reptile & Amphibian Department: American alligators, black caiman, American crocodile, variety of lizards, both venomous and non-venomous snakes, amphibians, turtles and tortoises, including the Aldabra tortoise.    

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