The North Carolina Zoo offers a variety of exciting and unique internship opportunities. A zoo environment offers a fun, yet challenging atmosphere to gain valuable career building knowledge and experience. Most positions are unpaid, with on-site housing available for a nominal fee. All related expenses are the responsibility of the student. Jump-start your career with an internship at the North Carolina Zoo!

Internships available:

Internship Position: Animal Research and Management Intern

Summary: Interns will work with animal and scientific curatorial staff to learn animal management skills and conduct animal welfare research. This internship is designed for individuals interested in animal research or animal care careers. Interns will gain experience in animal husbandry, working closely with keepers as well as in animal management techniques such as enrichment, training, welfare assessment, and record keeping. In addition, interns will work with the Zoo’s Associate Curator of Research to learn about study design, animal behavior data collection, data analysis, and technical writing and presentation. Interns will gain hands-on experience collecting behavioral data on several species. Interns will receive training in public speaking and assist with middle and high school camp programs for two weekends. At the end of the internship, interns will complete a capstone project related to animal management, write a report on their research project, and give a short presentation highlighting findings from their research. 

Internship will begin May 26 and end August 28, 2020. Interns will work 40 hours/week. Housing and a small stipend will be provided. Interns will be responsible for covering occupational health needs, including recent TB test and tetanus vaccination. 


  • Bachelors degree in biology, psychology, anthropology, animal science, ecology, wildlife management, or a related field
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Good computer skills and use of Microsoft suite
  • Good organizational skills

Applicants: We are seeking recent college graduates with a passion for animal research and care. Preference will be given to students with demonstrated coursework in animal behavior, research, statistics, and animal science. 

To Apply: Applicants should send resume, unofficial transcript, 2 professional letters of recommendation, and cover letter to by March 13. Top applicants will be contacted by April 1. 


Internship Position:  Wildlife Rehabilitation Center  

Summary: Wildlife rehabilitation is the care of sick, injured, or orphaned native wildlife for return back into the wild, in a condition that will optimize their chances of survival. The Valerie H. Schindler Wildlife Rehabilitation Center believes that compassion, civic responsibility & environmental stewardship are lessons best learned in the company of leaders who embody & practice these values. The center is a teaching facility, scientific in their approach, compassionate in their care, and is involved in rehabilitation, research & education.

Primary Role: 
Interns assist with the routine daily care of wildlife patients, as well as caring for the resident animal collection. Interns' duties include preparation of diets, cleaning cages, admitting patients, feeding animals, answering phones, and record keeping. Interns will also have the opportunity to assist with medical tasks, as ordered by Veterinary staff, such as administering treatments, helping with radiographs and assisting with surgeries. In addition, interns participate in special projects, tours, training, cage building/maintenance and animal rescues. The paid intern provides supervision and guidance to volunteers and unpaid interns and acts as liaison to the veterinary staff.

Requirements: Prospective interns must be in an undergraduate, associates program, or recently graduated (within one year) from a relevant field of study, be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs., bend, stoop, stand for periods of at least 30 minute intervals, walk on variable substrate, work in all climatic conditions, be able to read & follow instructions, communicate clearly, perform simple calculations and have dependable transportation. Interns must be rabies vaccinated to care for adult self/feeding and education mammals. Unvaccinated interns may assist with the hand-rearing of orphaned mammals, care for birds and reptiles, and perform all other responsibilities. This position may not be suitable for individuals who are immune suppressed and/or pregnant. Persons who are hearing, sight, or speech impaired should bring this to the attention of the supervisor so reasonable accommodations can be made.

This internship is part of the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Councils’ Practicum Accreditation Program; interns will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the program. 

Applicants: Preference will be given to candidates pursuing a career in animal care (i.e. wildlife rehabilitation, pre-vet, veterinary technician, zoo and/or aquarium and animal science students, etc.). 

Availability    Application Deadlines

Summer Session 
(Mid May - Aug.)     - March 5

Fall Session 
(Aug. - Mid Oct.)     - June 5

Spring Session
(Mar. - Mid May)     - January 5

Internships available:

10 Week Unpaid Internships:

  • This internship is a minimum of 10 weeks, 200 hours, 3 6-hour shifts per week, plus 2-hour trainings every Wednesday.
  • Must be available to work a set schedule alternating between opening and closing shifts, weekends including holidays.
  • Housing available for ~$300/month; must have own transportation.
  • Spring -3 positions available, Summer - 7 positions available, Fall - 3 positions available.

12 Week Unpaid Internships:

  • This internship is a minimum of 12 weeks, 360 hours, five 6-hour shifts per week plus 2-hour trainings every Wednesday.
  • Must be available to work a set schedule alternating between opening and closing shifts, weekends including holidays.
  • Housing is provided, no fee; must have own transportation.
  • Spring -1 position available, Summer - 1 position available, Fall - 1 position available.

This internship is part of the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Councils’ Practicum Accreditation Program

To Apply: Please mail an application to Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, North Carolina Zoo, 4401 Zoo Parkway, Asheboro, NC  27205 or email with questions.