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About San Diego Zoo

Established in 1916, the San Diego Zoo houses 4,000 rare and endangered birds, mammals and reptiles, along with 6,500 varieties of exotic plants. Over 3,000 people visit the zoo each year to enjoy its 100 acre tropical garden, Children’s Zoo, Botanical Garden and Ituri Forest, home to giant pandas. At the Center for Reproduction of Endangered Species, the zoo applies modern medical and scientific methods to save exotic animal species from extinction.

Fellows in the Institute for Conservation Research work on conservation projects, conducting research in applied animal ecology, behavioral biology, genetics, applied plant ecology, reproductive physiology and wildlife disease laboratories. Summer internship opportunities are also available. Interns can work in various zoo departments, acting as food service clerks, education camp counselors and safari attendants. High school students are eligible to participate in the Zoo InternQuest and Virtual InternQuest, which allow them to learn from zoo experts either in person or online. Finally, the zoo offers an exclusive veterinary internship for students at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.


Open to high school students, college students and graduate students. Applicants must be over the age of 16.

San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo
Internship/Fellowship Coordinator
2920 Zoo Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 557-3968


Number of Interns: 10 to 20
Compensation/Benefits: Paid
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: High School Students, College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Graduate Students


Los Angeles, CA