Internships

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 August 5, 2016)

Event Fall Internship (Unpaid Internship – no housing available)

Posted: 6/23/16

The Event Department at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is proud to offer an internship experience for qualified students. The purpose of an internship in our Event 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.

Under general supervision, you’ll be responsible for helping to ensure high quality nighttime events and positive guest experience. During your internship, you’ll gain exposure to several of our signature events such as Zoofari and Boo at the Zoo.

General responsibilities include:

  • Learning the logistics of Event Planning through promotions, on site execution, and implementation for setting up and tearing down of events.
  • Working closely with the Event Coordinator to procure donations for our Silent auction at our annual gala, ZOOfari.
  • Intern will gain an understanding of large capacity and long term events, such as Boo at the Zoo and Lights Before Christmas. 
  • Position will shadow marketing department staff, offer input into projects, will be invited to meetings, and may be asked to assist other departments.

Intern will gain and/or improve upon his or her:

  • General communication skills.
  • Logistical support of fundraiser style events.
  • Knowledge of conflict resolution.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, mission-driven organization.
  • Understanding of special events and hospitality industry.

This is a full time unpaid internship open to undergraduates seeking degrees in Hospitality or related fields. Interns are required to work 400 hours during their fall semester. Applicants must be able to work during the day and some nights and weekends.  

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.
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