Join us for a semester as an intern!

The Maryland Zoo is committed to developing the next generation of wildlife, hospitality, and business professionals. Internships give students the opportunity to gain college credit for supervised work and learning experiences while introducing them to professional skills and responsibilities in a career field of interest. Internship opportunities exist in a variety of departments throughout The Zoo. While specific opportunities can vary throughout the year, typical internships available include: Animal Keeper & Behavior, Veterinary Extern, Veterinary Technician, Graphic Design, Communications & New Media, Education Instructor, Visitors Services Managment and Volunteer Management. In order to maintain the highest level of quality in our internships, we offer a limited number of openings per semester, and the competition can be intense.

Applications for Fall 2019 have closed. Applications for Spring 2020 will open July 1st.

Internship candidates must complete the basic volunteer application and submit the following: a current school transcript, a resume, and cover letter explaining (1) your goals and how this internship will help you to achieve those goals, (2) skills, activities, experience and/or classes that are relevant to this internship, and (3) your school’s requirements for internship credit, and start and end dates of your availability.

Completed application packets may be emailed to

Please Note:

  • Internships are unpaid, and there is no reimbursement for transportation or housing.
  • Internships may require a minimum of 100 hours or more, with at least a weekly commitment for a semester.
  • For timely consideration, applications must be turned in by February 28th for summer semester, July 31st for fall semester and October 31st for spring semester.

To inquire about internships for college-level academic credit, please contact the Volunteer Department at 443-552-5266 or