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), ZooTeen program, horticulture and other areas of request.

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

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 Staffing and Training Manager at 803.602.0829 or email Tracy Hughes.

Current Internship Positions (last updated on June 22, 2017)

Mammal Fall Internship (Please apply by July 16, 2017 — Unpaid Internship — no housing available)

Posted: 6/22/17

The Mammal Department at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is proud to offer an internship experience for qualified students. The purpose of an internship in our Mammal Department is to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of Riverbank’s mission and how it is achieved through various functions and operations throughout the zoo and garden.


The categories of study during the internship include:

- Assist with daily maintenance of animal enclosures and exhibits.

- Learn about animal nutrition and prepare diets.

- Learn about animal behaviors in both captive and natural environments.

- Observe operant conditioning techniques of captive animals.

- Design and implement environmental enrichment techniques.

- Assist animal keepers and veterinarians during medical procedures.

- Attend department meetings.


While interning with the Mammal Department you will observe and participate in the overall operation of the zoological facility. You will gain exposure to other departments that support the individual function and goals of the Mammal Department. During your internship at Riverbanks you will be exposed to a variety of management styles and approaches.


This is a part time unpaid internship open to undergraduates seeking degrees in biology or related fields. Interns are required to work 24 hours/week in three 8 hour days. Applicants must be able to work any day of the week, including weekends and holidays.
Apply today! Submit an online internship application.

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.