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The Internship Program at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

Are you interested in earning hands-on experience in your career path?

Our internship experience is an exciting learning opportunity for college students to participate in various departments at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo and achieve learning goals associated with their field of study.

Interns are overseen by Human Resources and department managers to ensure that they have opportunities to actively participate in learning experiences, and that they are successful in meeting the requirements of their educational institution for academic credit, as applicable. The program features a learning agenda complete with objectives, observation, reflection, evaluation, and concluding assessments. 

How is this program structured?

The Internship Program at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo consists of an exciting hands-on experience that lasts for one semester (typically 12 to 14 weeks). Internships are unpaid and are designed to meet academic requirements, as applicable, and provide valuable real-world experience for participants. Successful completion of an internship may also yield letters of recommendation and important networking contacts.

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo uses a multi-faceted approach to ensure a positive learning experience for our interns. The program is structured with the use of a learning syllabus, daily tasks/curriculum, open communication, record-keeping and evaluations.

What positions are available?

Current internship opportunities include positions within our Animal, Education, Operations and Administration departments.

Please note: If you are seeking an Animal Care internship, do no apply for more than two opportunities within the same term. Applying to more than two areas may disqualify the candidate from further consideration.

Who is eligible?

Applicant must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Be a Junior, Senior, or Master’s level student currently enrolled in or recently graduated from an accredited college or university.

Please see the Internships/Deadlines section for important dates. To be considered for a position, applicants may apply online and must provide cover letter and resume attachments.

What is the intern schedule like?

Intern must be willing and able to commit to a full semester internship.

  • Animal Department Interns typically must be able to commit to a schedule of at least 35-40 hours per week. Some nights and weekends may be required.
  • Education Department Interns typically must be able to commit to a schedule of at least 15-20 hours per week. Some nights and weekends may be required.
  • Operations/Administration Department Interns typically must be able to commit to a schedule of at least 15 - 20 hours per week. Some nights and weekends may be required.

What happens if I get an internship offer?

  • Candidates seeking academic credit must have arrangements agreed upon between the Zoo and their school before beginning the internship.
  • All offers are contingent on the successful completion of a criminal background screening and execution of a required hold harmless/liability release agreement.
  • Candidate is responsible for cost of background screening.
  • Education Department offers are also contingent upon successful completion of a Level 2 fingerprint and background screening.
  • Animal Department offers are also contingent upon receipt of documentation of negative TB test within the last 6 months and Tetanus vaccination within the last 5 years.
  • Interns must have personal health insurance coverage for illness or injury (as volunteers and interns are not covered by the Zoo workers’ compensation program).

Please note that internship applications are now only accepted online and may no longer be submitted by mail, email, or fax.

“The experience I gained at the Zoo has definitely helped me so far with my job search. I’ve gotten interviews specifically because of the work I did at the Zoo. Potential employers have been impressed by my knowledge and experience in development, as well as the professionalism and office skills I gained while at the Zoo. Before starting my internship at the Zoo, I did not have any experience in development but my manager and other staff members were more than happy to teach and guide me. I was always treated with respect and like an important, contributing staff member. I couldn’t have asked for a better internship experience and I’m happy to know that my former supervisors are more than happy to provide me with recommendations and support.”

- Office of Development Intern
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Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in education, conservation and research. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is featured among the “Top 25 Zoos in the U.S” by TripAdvisor (2015) and “10 Best Zoos in the U.S.” by Trekaroo (2015). The Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, one mile west of I-275 (exit 48) and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 

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