Internships

Zoo Internships
Internships are only for college-level students who are studying biological sciences, education, communication, or a related field. For volunteer positions, see the Volunteer page.
  1. Education Department Interns
  2. Animal Department Interns
Education Department Interns
Internships provide college students or recent graduates practical experience in a zoological environment while gaining valuable knowledge related to his/her career goals. This exciting and challenging atmosphere offers you the opportunity to supplement and apply your classroom knowledge. All positions are unpaid.

Qualifications
Interns must have completed at least 2 years of a college degree program in education, biology, zoology or a related field. All interns must have excellent communication skills, enjoy working with all ages especially children, and animals as well. Each intern must be self-motivated, prompt, energetic, creative, and have the ability to work in a team environment. 

Requirements
Interns are accepted each academic session including summer sessions. Each intern will go through an internship training which includes animal handling and safety training. Internships are unpaid, last a period of 3 months and require at least 8 hours per week. Summer internships last 10 weeks and may require 20-25 hours per week.

Application Deadline
Applications for the spring semester must be received by December 1. Summer semester applications must be received by May 15. Fall semester applications must be received by June 1. Applications received by the deadline will be reviewed and interviews scheduled. Candidates will be advised of their selection within 30 days of the application deadline. See below for application information. 
How to Apply
Animal Department Interns
First, download the Internship Application (PDF). Then, to apply for an internship, please send the following:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • 2 letters of reference
  • Proof of college enrollment 
Send your application and materials to zooinfo@greenvillesc.gov, or mail to:
Zoo General Curator
150 Cleveland Park Drive
Greenville, SC 29601

You can also use our online application form.
Questions? Please call 864-467-4311.

Education Department Interns

First, download the Internship Application (PDF). Then to apply for an internship, please send the following:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Application
  • 2 letters of reference
  • Proof of a negative TB test within the year
  • Proof of college enrollment
Send your application and materials to zooed@greenvillesc.gov, or mail to:
Education Internship Coordinator
150 Cleveland Park Drive
Greenville, SC 29601

You can also use our online application form.
Questions? Please call 864-467-4850.