Giraffes at the Safari Park




Summer 2023 Internship Opportunities

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance will once again host summer internship opportunities in 2023. Internship positions will be offered in both Wildlife Care and Horticulture. There will be open positions at both the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park locations, within a variety of teams providing world-class care to the animals and plants at our wildlife parks. 

Our goal is to provide interns a hands-on introduction to these professions, and how wildlife care and horticulture in a zoological setting relates to our global conservation efforts, and the vision of San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance for a world where all life thrives. In addition to hands-on experience in the field, interns will also participate in educational days covering topics such as wildlife welfare, conservation genetics, horticulture, animal nutrition, and more!

All program participants will receive a $4,500 stipend, paid out in three installments. The internship will be 32 hours per week for 12 weeks (384 hours total). Schedules may vary depending on department needs, and may require weekend and holiday shifts. 

Application and Program Timeline
Applications open: February 13, 2023
Applications close: February 24, 2023
Interviews will be held between March 13, 2023 and March 22, 2023
Selected participants will be notified by April 3, 2023.

Program starts: Monday, May 22, 2023 
Program ends: Friday, August 11, 2023

Application Information
Applications for both the Wildlife Care and Horticulture Intern positions will be posted on the SDZWA Careers page starting February 13, 2023.

Anyone age 18 years or older is eligible to apply. A personal statement is required in order for your application to be considered. Applications lacking a personal statement will not move forward. Personal statements will be evaluated on the applicant’s enthusiasm and passion, proactivity in seeking opportunities to gain knowledge/experience in the field, and career-mindedness.  

If you have any further questions about internships, please email


Research Fellowships

Please find more information on available fellowship programs here.


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.