We are now accepting applications for 2019 summer animal care internships. The Zoo is seeking dependable, hardworking college students interested in the animal care field. Interns will gain valuable experience with exotic animals by training with professional zookeepers. These internships are unpaid and experienced based.  Housing and transportation are the responsibility of the intern. The 2019 summer internship term will begin Friday, May 31, 2019 and will continue until mid-August. End dates may be no earlier than August 9th and no later than Sept 1st without approval.



-College student or recent graduate majoring in biology, zoology, or other related field.
-Must have completed a minimum of 4 semesters at the start of the internship.
-Student in good standing, GPA 2.5 or higher.
-Capable of lifting 50 lbs.
-Up-to-date vaccinations, recent physical and negative TB test (dated within 6 months of start date). Documentation will be required the first day of the internship term.
-Available to work weekends and holidays.
-Available to work 32-40 hours per week a minimum of 10 consecutive weeks beginning the first week of June.
-Available to attend Intern orientation on Friday May 31st – Orientation is Mandatory.

*Acceptance into the program is contingent on passing a background check*.
**Animal experience is preferable, but not required**.

To Apply:

Applicants must submit all of the following documents to be considered:
-Letter of interest including dates of availability
*please include any prior obligations and time off requirements
-School transcript (may be unofficial)
-Completed internship application AND Background Questionnaire

Click Here to download the Internship Application

Click Here to download the Required Background Check


Deadline for summer 2019 applications is Friday, March 15th. Packages received after that date will not be considered regardless of postmark date.

Mail completed application packages to:

Little Rock Zoo 
Attn: LRZ Internship Program
1 Zoo Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205  

E-Mail completed application packages to:

Electronic applications should include all required documents in a single e-mail.

Available Animal Care Internships

Little Rock Zoo animal care interns work alongside the zoo’s animal keepers learning the ins and outs of animal husbandry in a zoological setting.  Tasks may include but are not limited to feeding, cleaning, enrichment, training, exhibit maintenance, and public speaking.  These tasks include some strenuous activity so candidates should be in good health, able to lift up to 50lbs, and able to apply safe working practices. Suitable candidates must be positive, patient, good workers with well-developed observational skills. Weekly schedule may vary so interns must be flexible; any possible conflicts must be mentioned prior to the acceptance of the position.  Interns will also have the opportunity to learn about zoo management and animal welfare topics through lectures and activities offered throughout the summer.

Carnivore Internship

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Hoofstock and Birds Internship

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Great Apes Internship

Species in this internship include gorilla, chimpanzee, and orangutan.


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Ambassador Animal Care Internship

Species in this internship include African penguin, bald eagle, crowned crane, spur thigh tortoise, opossum and a large variety of other small mammals, birds of prey, and reptiles. Interns will also participate in the zoo’s educational programs including the Wild Wonders Animal Show, off-site programming, and media appearances.


Primates Internship

Species include ringtail lemurs, siamang, capuchins, gibbons, and many more small primates.

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