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Passport to Your Future:
ZOO U - San Diego Zoo Global College Relations Program

Looking for an adventure this summer?

Live in beautiful San Diego, California, and work as a summer intern for the world-famous San Diego Zoo or the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, two of the busiest, most reputable, and most popular tourist attractions in the country!

  • Paid Summer Internships
  • Housing Assistance
  • Invaluable Experience
  • Terrific Resume Builder
  • Fun in the sun this summer in San Diego

The San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park have your passport to adventure!

Interns will fill specific roles within a home department (i.e. Food Service Clerk, Education Camp Aide, Merchandising, Skyfari Attendant) and will be given assignments over the summer to ensure they gain a real understanding of the business aspect of our organization: how we operate as a nonprofit organization, how our board works, the financials, and many other key business facets. 

The application process is from January 1 through March 31 each year.

College Fellowships

Each summer, the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research is pleased to offer Summer College Student Fellowships in various areas of research. Since 1975, the Institute has made opportunities available to interested and qualified students to gain research experience in the field of zoological conservation research. It is made up of a diverse and dynamic research team, including the divisions of Applied Animal Ecology, Applied Plant Ecology, Behavioral Ecology, Conservation Education, Genetics, Reproductive Physiology, and Wildlife Disease Laboratories.

Fellowships are for 12 weeks, with two start dates based on semester or quarter programming (usually end of May and end of June). Students need to be officially associated with a university in order to be eligible for our undergraduate fellowship program.  Undergraduates who are currently enrolled in college meet this criterion, as do graduating seniors who are continuing with their education in Fall of the same year.  Recent graduates who are not continuing their education in the Fall are not eligible for the program. Eligible students interested in pursuing scientific careers relating to the scientific disciplines represented are welcome to apply. Each year, fellowships will be available in each of the seven divisions. Applications for fellowships are accepted between January 1 and February 28 of each year for the following summer. All applications must be received no later than February 28. Applications and more information are available online. To request additional information, use our online contact form.

Veterinary Externships

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Zoo InternQuest

Zoo InternQuest is a program that provides high school students interested in pursuing careers in the life sciences (biology, zoology, human or veterinary medicine, wildlife management, botany, etc.) with the opportunity to learn from Zoo experts. Virtual InternQuest allows individual students or whole classrooms anywhere in the world to participate in Zoo InternQuest through the Internet.

Internships at Other Zoos

For information on internships available at zoos and aquariums throughout the United States and Canada, check with the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA).