Greenville Zoo internships are reserved for college-level students who are studying biological sciences, education, communication, or other related fields. For volunteer positions, see the Volunteer page.

  1. Education Department Interns
  2. Animal Department Interns

As of Spring 2020, the Greenville Zoo will no longer be accepting Education Department Internship applications.

Education Department Internships

The Greenville Zoo Internship Program is designed to provide college students, or recent college graduates, with practical experience in an AZA accredited zoological environment. As an intern at the Greenville Zoo, you will be able to apply knowledge gained in the classroom to the  ’real-world’ experience of day to day zoo operations. The Greenville Zoo Internship Program is both challenging and rewarding as we strive to provide you with the tools and experience necessary to pursue your chosen career paths. 


To qualify for the Greenville Zoo Internship Program, interns must have completed at least 2 years of a relevant college degree program (ex. Education, Biology, Zoology or a related field). All interns must have excellent communication skills, enjoy working with all ages (especially children), and a variety of animals. Each intern must be self-motivated, prompt, energetic, creative, and have the ability to work in a team environment.


Interns are accepted each academic semester, including a summer session that runs from late May to early August. Each intern will go through internship training which includes zoo operations, 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 February 15. Fall semester applications must be received by June 1.  Candidates will be notified of their selection within 30 days of the application deadline. See below for application information.