About Staten Island Zoo

Established in 1936, the Staten Island Zoo calls itself the "biggest little zoo" in the New York metropolitan area. The zoo features an African Savannah, tropical forest, aquarium, children's center, newly renovated herpetarium and numerous outdoor exhibits. It is the only zoo in the region that offers community outreach programs.

The Staten Island Zoo offers several different professional, hands- on intern positions. The veterinary technician intern assists with daily animal care, routine veterinary work, feeding, cleaning, exhibit maintenance, medical treatments and lab work. The animal care intern helps with daily husbandry and animal care routines. The education intern works with staff on educational programs for children in grades K through nine and zoo guests, develops curriculum and lesson plans and completes his own project. The zoo also offers administrative, event planning and wildlife educator/animal care internships.


Requirements vary by position; most are open to rising college juniors and seniors, though there are opportunities for recent graduates and grad students as well. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. Applicants should be enrolled in a field of study related to the internship to which they are applying. Veterinary technician applicants must have prior veterinary experience. International applicants are welcome.

Staten Island Zoo

  • Erin Rackovan Special Events/Volunteer Coord.
  • Staten Island Zoo
  • Staten Island Zoo
  • 614 Broadway
  • Staten Island, NY 10310
  • Phone: (718) 442-3101


  • Number of Interns: Less than 10
  • Compensation/Benefits: Academic Credit, Unpaid
  • Duration: N/A
  • Academic Level: College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates


  • New York, NY