Intern at ZooTampa

Hands-On Experience
in Your Career Path

Our internship experience is an exciting learning opportunity for college students to participate in various departments at ZooTampa and achieve learning goals associated with their field of study.

Interns are overseen by Human Resources and department managers to ensure that they have opportunities to actively participate in learning experiences, and that they are successful in meeting the requirements of their educational institution for academic credit, as applicable. The program features a learning agenda complete with objectives, observation, reflection, evaluation, and concluding assessments.


Our program consists of an exciting hands-on experience that lasts for one semester (typically 12 to 14 weeks). Internships are unpaid and are designed to meet academic requirements, as applicable, and provide valuable real-world experience for participants. Successful completion of an internship may also yield letters of recommendation and important networking contacts.

ZooTampa uses a multi-faceted approach to ensure a positive learning experience for our interns. The program is structured with the use of a learning syllabus, daily tasks/curriculum, open communication, record-keeping and evaluations.


Current internship opportunities include positions within our Animal, Education, Operations and Administration departments.

Please note: If you are seeking an Animal Care internship, do not apply for more than two opportunities within the same term. Applying to more than two areas may disqualify the candidate from further consideration.


ZooTampa Internship Qualifications & Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED required.
  • Applicants currently pursuing a degree in any of the biological or life sciences are preferred.
  • Potential academic credit may be available subject to program eligibility requirements.
  • Possess a sincere desire to work with both animals and guests.
  • Excellent communication and customer relations skills.
  • Ability to effectively work independently and within a team.
  • Must be able to multi-task.
  • Must have the ability to follow specific instructions and also be comfortable self-directing.
  • Ability to communicate ideas and contribute effectively.
  • Must be 18 years of age.

Please see the Internships/Deadlines section for important dates. To be considered for a position, applicants may apply online and must provide cover letter and resume attachments.


Intern must be willing and able to commit to a full semester internship.

  • Animal Department Interns typically must be able to commit to a minimum schedule of at least 30 hours per week. Some nights and weekends may be required.
  • Education Department Interns typically must be able to commit to a schedule of at least 15-20 hours per week. Some nights and weekends may be required.
  • Operations/Administration Department Interns typically must be able to commit to a schedule of at least 15 - 20 hours per week. Some nights and weekends may be required.


  • Candidates seeking academic credit must have arrangements agreed upon between ZooTampa and their school before beginning the internship.
  • All offers are contingent on the successful completion of a criminal background screening and execution of a required hold harmless/liability release agreement.
  • Candidate is responsible for cost of background screening.
  • Education Department offers are also contingent upon successful completion of a Level 2 fingerprint and background screening.
  • Animal Department offers are also contingent upon receipt of documentation of negative TB test within the last 6 months and Tetanus vaccination within the last 5 years.
  • Interns must have personal health insurance coverage for illness or injury (as volunteers and interns are not covered by the Zoo workers’ compensation program).

Please note that internship applications are now only accepted online and may no longer be submitted by mail, email, or fax.