Giraffes at the Safari Park


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Be part of our College Relations program and work as a summer intern for the world-famous San Diego Zoo or the San Diego Zoo Safari Park—two of the busiest, most reputable, and most popular tourist attractions in the country!

  • Invaluable experience
  • Terrific resume builder
  • Fun in the sun this summer in San Diego.

The San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park have your passport to adventure!


Animal Care Internship Opportunities

There are positions within Animal Care at both the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, including Mammals (Safari Park), Avian Propagation (Zoo), Animal Behavior/Shows (Zoo), Elephants (Safari Park), Children's Zoo (Zoo), and others.

Our goal is to provide qualified interns a hands-on introduction to the profession of exotic animal husbandry, and how husbandry relates to our global conservation efforts and the vision of San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance for a world where all life thrives.

To request additional information, contact us at


Undergraduate Summer Student Fellowships

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance offers Undergraduate Summer Student Fellowships in our Conservation Science teams: Recovery Ecology, Population Sustainability, Community Engagement, Conservation Genetics, Plant Conservation, Reproductive Sciences, and Disease Investigations.

Applications for the 2022 Summer Conservation Science Fellowships can be submitted until February 4, 2022. Applicants should specify which team’s fellowship they are applying for; applicants can only apply for one team, not multiple teams.  

IMPORTANT NOTE: Our current plan is to hold the 2022 Summer Fellowships in person, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that plan is subject to change depending on conditions at the time of the fellowships, as mandated by federal, state, and county government. We will update applicants on those conditions as fellowship dates approach.
Current undergraduate students must be officially associated with a college or university in order to be eligible for the fellowship program. Undergraduates who are currently enrolled in college meet this criterion, as do graduating seniors who are continuing their education in the fall following graduation. Recent graduates who are not continuing their education in fall of the same year are not eligible to apply. 

Summer 2022 Conservation Science Fellowship dates are:
Monday, May 16 to Friday, August 5
Monday, June 13 to Friday, September 2

Fellowships are 40 hours per week for 12 weeks. Fellows will receive a $7,000 stipend. 

To apply, submit resume and cover letter to Corinne Sylvestre at


Veterinary Externships

Clinical Veterinary Externships Information

Clinical Veterinary Residency Information

Jane and Marshall Steel Residency Program

Jane and Marshall Steel Pathology Fellowship

Veterinary Externships in Pathology


Zoo InternQuest

Zoo InternQuest is a program that provides high school students interested in pursuing careers in the life sciences (biology, zoology, human or veterinary medicine, wildlife management, botany, etc.) with the opportunity to learn from Zoo experts. Virtual InternQuest allows individual students or whole classrooms anywhere in the world to participate in Zoo InternQuest through the Internet.


Internships at Other Zoos

For information on internships available at zoos and aquariums throughout the United States and Canada, check with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).