Currently, there are no internships available at the Zoo. Please check back later for updates.
What is an internship at the Santa Barbara Zoo?
The National Society for Internships and Experiential Education defines an internship as "any type of carefully monitored work or service experience in which an individual has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what he or she is learning throughout the experience."
The Santa Barbara Zoo has had a long-standing internship program. Recently we have refined the program to better benefit the student and the institution. The internship bridges the gap between classroom learning and on-the-job experience by facilitating practical learning experience and allowing students to explore career opportunities available in zoos. Providing the student with a realistic look at a zoo career, internships afford opportunities to gain valuable experience related to a student's educational program and allow the student to make a significant contribution to the Zoo.
More than a short-term job or volunteer work, we ask applicants to enter their internship experience with specific learning goals in mind.
For veterinary internship inquiries: when available, veterinary internships are generally offered, on a limited basis, to students currently enrolled in veterinary schools.