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Zoo Miami

Animal Health Internships

The Animal Health team is currently seeking applicants who desire a career in veterinary medicine and/or animal nutrition to gain hands on experience in a zoological setting. The interns will not only be exposed to the daily tasks of vets, vet techs and keepers working in their sections but also educated in the areas of vet medicine, nutrition, husbandry, training, enrichment, biology, conservation and record keeping. It is our goal to offer a dynamic internship to individuals who have chosen a career in animal health of zoological animals.

Zoo Miami is the largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida, and the only tropical zoo in the continental United States.  Today, Zoo Miami occupies almost 750 acres (340 developed), and is home to over 3,000 animals representing more than 400 different species. We are proud to be active in many global wildlife and environmental conservation initiatives and are currently involved in over 36 projects taking place on six continents. We are experiencing an exciting time of advancement that will focus on five strategic priorities: Animal Well Being, Conservation and Stewardship, Guest Experience, Financial Strength, and Performance Excellence. 

Description: The internship at Zoo Miami is designed for college students or recent graduates interested in multi-species animal health. This internship is unpaid. Interns must commit to a 16-week period (including but not limited to weekends and holidays).  

  • Zoo Hospital Clinical Internship must commit to a minimum of 460 hours
  • Zoo Hospital Husbandry and Nutrition Internship must commit to a minimum of 320 hours
  • Zoo Nutrition Science Internship must commit to a minimum of 320 hours


  • Daily routine in the veterinary hospital
  • Exhibit maintenance, cleaning, and set-up
  • Diet preparation
  • Off exhibit holding area cleaning, maintenance, and set-up
  • Animal observations and record keeping
  • Enrichment
  • Keeper Talks
  • Participate in seminars and lectures on animal care, biology, conservation, and training


  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be currently enrolled in college or recent college graduate
  • Must provide cover letter, resume and college transcripts
  • Must provide professional and/or academic references
  • Must be able to afford housing, food and transportation to Zoo Miami
  • Must have good communication skills, written and verbal
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs and be in good physical condition
  • Must provide a current negative TB test prior to internship start date
  • Must submit to background check and fingerprint screening at designated county facility

Although this internship will better equip individuals for a job in the veterinary field, this internship does not guarantee employment with Zoo Miami or Miami-Dade County. 

All applicants will be notified upon receipt of all materials. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.  Selected applicants will be contacted by the coordinator of their acceptance and notified by Zoo Human Resources for further processing. 



How to Apply

Interested applicants should visit for a detailed listing of opportunities.

Zoo Miami
12400 SW 152nd Street
Miami, FL 33177
Phone: 305-251-0400
Fax: 305-378-6381

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