An opportunity and experience you’ll never forget.

The internship program at Riverbanks is an opportunity for college students to acquire experience and knowledge by working along side our professional staff. Although it is a non-paid internship, the experience will no doubt benefit any future endeavors in the zoological field or related area of interest. Internships are available to college students in animal care, public relations, summer camp (education major only), education programs (education major only), Zoo Teen program, horticulture and other areas on request.

Take the first step to begin paving your career path today.

Please complete and mail the Internship Application (PDF), along with your cover letter, resume, three letters of recommendation, and Background Check Authorization Form (PDF).

Upon receiving the completed application, selected students will be contacted to schedule an interview. Efforts are made to place students in their area of interest.

For more information, please call the Volunteer Manager at 803.602.0800 or email Roni Reeves.

Internship Opportunities Intern for one of these areas of the Zoo and Garden.

Aquarium Internship

Application Deadlines:

  • Summer: February 15.
  • Fall: May 15.
  • Spring: October 15.
  • Late applications will not be considered. Candidate must reapply for the next cycle.


  • Enrolled in an Undergraduate Biology program (only for credit.)
  • Must commit to a minimum of 160 hours in a semester.
  • Must submit an application, 3 letters of recommendation, and a resume with cover letter.

Bird Department Avian Internship

Now accepting applications for Fall 2015. Applications due by July 31, 2015.

Mammal Program Internship

Now accepting applications for Fall 2015. Applications due by July 31, 2015.

Internship Requirements Review and consider if interested in an internship.

  • Major must be related to internship area.
  • Must be a hard worker, enthusiastic, and willing to learn.
  • Animal Care Interns must be at least 18 years old.
  • There are two levels of time commitment for college internships, but we are willing to accept students for non-credit. Level 1 college credit assigned project for 40 hours per week (minimal of 3 months.) Level 2 college credit assigned project for 20–40 hours per week (minimal of 2 months.) Non-college project for 20–40 hours per week (minimal of 2 months.)
  • A current tuberculin skin test prior to interning.
  • Must follow Riverbanks Appearance Policy. Riverbanks supplies interns with T-shirts and a nametag. Interns have the option of purchasing additional uniform items at their own expense. Interns are responsible for purchasing khaki pants/shorts and closed-toe shoes.
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