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 — Fall/Winter 2015–16

Unpaid Internship—no housing available.

The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden Bird Department offers a diverse avicultural experience. The collection is comprised of approximately 300 specimens representing approximately 70 species ranging from small passerines to sub-Antarctic penguins. Birds are housed in an indoor tropical birdhouse, outdoor aviaries, and off-exhibit spaces. The collection is managed for exhibit, formal and informal education experiences, and propagation.

Under the supervision of the Bird Department, interns will learn the fundamentals of bird keeping. Alongside keepers, interns will be responsible for the proper care of an avian collection including feeding and watering birds, cleaning, disinfecting and maintaining exhibits and some public areas, observing animals for illness, injury and abnormal behavior. Participate in avian capture and restraint. Learn the basics of artificial incubation and hand-rearing. Gain exposure to AZA SSP policies and practice. Help prepare animal shipping crates for external animal moves. Assist on maintaining detailed behavioral, reproductive, and medical records and reports. Interact with guests by participating in educational presentations and guest interactions.

This position requires work in all weather conditions including heat, humidity, rain and cold. Candidates must be able to be on their feet for long periods of time. This position involves considerable physical activity such as repetitive bending, pushing/pulling/carrying heavy loads, climbing ladders and regular lifting.

This is a full time unpaid internship open to recent graduates with degrees in biology or related fields (undergrads may apply for RBZG Summer Avian Internships when advertised). The term of appointment is 3 months uninterrupted with the possibility of a 3 month extension for a total of 6 months uninterrupted. Interns are required to work 40 hours/week in five 8 hour days. Applicant must be able to work any day of the week, including weekends and holidays.

Please apply by October 1, 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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