Virginia Zoo Internship Programs

Education Department Internships

The Virginia Zoo’s Education Department provides students opportunities to intern within the Education Department throughout the year. Each internship is a three to four-month commitment during which interns will be introduced to all aspects of conservation education in a Zoo setting. These internships are intended to give students conservation education and non-formal education experience and are not intended to be solely precursors to an animal keeper or veterinary position. Applicants should have a strong interest in education and be prepared to assist with the many different types of education programs provided by the Virginia Zoo. The Zoo’s Education Internships are unpaid, but there are many other benefits that will afford interns a valuable experience in conservation education.

Students applying should:

  • Be a current undergraduate or graduate student
  • Be available for at least a three month commitment
  • Be able to make at least a 240-hour commitment for the summer or 160-hour commitment during a fall/spring semester
  • Have reliable transportation to and from the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, VA
  • Complete the application form: Online application form
  • Send the following documents by email, mail, or fax:
    • Transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
    • Letter of recommendation
    • Resume (suggested)

The application and all supplemental materials are due by (or postmarked by) March 1 (summer), August 1 (fall), or December 1 (spring) at 5:00 pm EST. For more information about the Virginia Zoo Education Internships, please email the Education Department vazoo.education@norfolk.gov

 

Animal Services Department Internships
The Virginia Zoo’s Animal Services Department provides college graduates opportunities to intern within the Animal Services department throughout the year. Each internship is a four-month commitment during which interns will be introduced to all aspects of animal care in a Zoo setting. Internships with Animal Services are posted on the AZA website under their Jobs web page each January, May and September. Applications are only accepted through the listed channels on the AZA postings during the times specified. For more information about the Virginia Zoo Animal Services Internships, please email any questions to Zookeeperinterns@norfolk.gov.
Prospective interns applying should:
  • Have a 4-year college degree, a strong interest in all aspects of animal care, and preferably some experience in a zoological setting
  • Be available for a four-month commitment
  • Have reliable transportation to and from the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, VA