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Dallas Zoo

Registrar Internship

The Dallas Zoo’s College Internship Program provides an interesting and rewarding learning opportunity for currently enrolled undergraduate or post-graduate students at an accredited college/university in the United States. Interns become actively involved in the Zoo’s animal care departments, conservation/research efforts, operations, and administrative positions.

The intern will be given an overview of records and permits required for Zoological operations.  Additionally, a project will be assigned for data collection, most likely from historic animal records.  Depending upon the scope of the data retrieved, the data may be organized into spreadsheet(s), WORD document or directly into the animal record database.  The project may be one designated of high immediate need for husbandry reasons at the time of the internship, or be of general husbandry importance to mine historic data for trends and information.  Interests and background of the individual intern will be taken into consideration.

Educational value:

  • Zoological Record keeping overview (beneficial for multiple career choices)

  • Federal and State permit overview

  • Introduction to basic animal husbandry data.

  • Potential species specific components:  Rearing/neonatal development progression

  • Several historic events to be researched and entered to add to the collective knowledge base.

  • Animal introductions

Interns work 20-40 hours per week for a minimum of 12 consecutive weeks during one of the sessions listed below. The purpose of the placements is to help the intern gain experience related to their education, and most are unpaid positions. The Dallas Zoo will work with students to document necessary time or projects needed to gain university credit for the internship. Unfortunately, we cannot provide transportation, housing, or a stipend.  Position limited to US nationals.

Candidates selected for internship must pass background check and TB test.

The deadline for 2017 Summer internships is March 10, 2017.

Please contact the Volunteer Department for additional information or an application:



How to Apply

Dallas Zoo
650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway
Dallas, TX 75203
Phone: 4695547452
Fax: 4695547380

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