Internship & Volunteering

For those 18 yrs and older we offer two types of internship programs - College Credit and Life Experience.

College Internship

College Internship Interns receive credit from their school by participating in the three-month program and typically completing a project or other requirement as determined by their school and the Director of Animal Collections.

Please call 407.323.4450, ext. 127 or email for more information.  Applicants must submit a completed Zoo Volunteer Application form.  Applicants must also be able to provide proof of health insurance, submit a letter expressing his/her interest and a teacher/professor must provide a letter endorsing the student, verifying the internship is for class credit and detailing the information the student should be obtaining through the internship experience at the zoo. 

Interns must be available a minimum of two days a week for eight hour days.
Internships generally last for three months.  Accepted interns must submit to drug testing. 

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For more information please call 407.323.4450 ext. 120 or email    ________________________________________________________________________________

Life Experience Internship

The Life Experience Internship is for individuals interested in gaining experience in the zoo field or wanting to explore this career path. This internship is not for school credit and anyone participating must 18 years or older.  

A resume must be submitted along with a 300-word essay describing why they wish to participate in the program, what their expectations are and how they will benefit from the internship if selected for the program. Applicants need two letters of reference (from an employer or teacher, no personal references please), proof of health insurance and a completed Zoo Volunteer Application form. Life Experience internships are for three months and interns must be available for a minimum of two days a week for 8 hrs a day.  Accepted interns must submit to drug testing. 

» Zoo Volunteer Application «

For more information please call 407.323.4450 ext. 120 or send an email to

Internship programs run by semesters:

  • January-April

  • May-August

  • September-December

All materials must be submitted by the 15th of the month, a month and a half prior to the desired semester (i.e. November 15th for a January internship). *Additional internship opportunities at the Zoo include the Marketing Department and the Education Department.

Job Shadow Opportunities

Job shadowing opportunities are available to students attending middle school or high school and must be associated with class credit.  A job shadow experience is typically scheduled for a full day 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or a half day can be arranged.  Students must submit all of the following information at least two weeks prior to the desired date in order to be eligible for consideration in our job shadowing program:

1.  A letter from a teacher on school letterhead documenting that job shadowing is for class credit, and an explanation detailing the information the students should be obtaining from their experience. 

2.  Students must submit a letter expressing his/her interest in job shadowing and how they expect to benefit from this program.

3.  A letter on school letterhead must be submitted stating the school assumes all insurance liability for the students while shadowing with the CFZ&BG. 

4.  The attached job shadow form should be completed. 5.  The volunteer form and volunteer release should be completed and submitted online. 

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