Internships

Gain meaningful experience and basic knowledge in your primary area of study by gaining a broader view of a modern zoological park via practical hands-on experience, assisting the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium’s professional staff with daily operations, and completing an optional research project! Ideal for students and graduates looking to develop basic abilities, further refine advanced skills, and enhance their career goals.

All interns must pass a criminal background check. Pennsylvania residents can process their own intern/volunteer background check for free online. Cost varies for residents of other states. All Zoo internships are unpaid.

ANIMAL HUSBANDRY

Not accepting applications at this time

An internship in animal husbandry is meant to expose the intern to the many aspects of working as an animal keeper. The internship will serve as both a means to gain experience and as a way of making a career decision.

Animal keeper interns may be required to work in inclement weather, lift heavy loads, and must be dependable. The duties of the intern reflect the duties of the area animal keeper. Those duties include the following: Observation of animals for disease, injuries, unusual behavior, pregnancy, etc. and reporting observations to the appropriate parties and/or noting on Daily Report Sheet; prepare and distribute food and water; grooming of domestic animals; may be involved in training programs; assist in veterinary procedures; collect biological specimens; assist in animal restraint procedures; maintain proper environmental conditions for the animals; clean and disinfect animal enclosures; exercise or handle the Education Department’s animals and domestic animals; secure locks; answer visitor questions, narrate animal demonstrations, and other duties as assigned.

Program participants will experience hands-on and/or project work in one or more of the following animal departments: PPG Aquarium, Ungulate/Giraffe, Tropical Forest (primates), Worlds of Discovery (reptiles & red pandas), Asian Forest (leopards, tiger, waterfowl), African Savanna (lions, rhinos), Kids’ Kingdom (deer, sea lion, domestic animals).

NON-ANIMAL HUSBANDRY

Not accepting applications at this time

Veterinary Student Externship
The Animal Health Department is currently accepting externship applications for fourth-year veterinary students (third-year students will be considered if in their clinical year). The Animal Health Department serves the medical and surgical needs of the mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and fish that make their home at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

Externships are six to eight weeks long with a work schedule of Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weekend hours are possible). Externs will play an integral role in the day-to-day operations of the animal health team.

Interested students should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, veterinary school transcripts, letters from two professional references, and two to three potential time slots to Dr. Alicia Hahn via Christine Bagtas, Administrative Assistant, at vethsp@pittsburghzoo.org. Additional information about the program can be located at www.aazv.org.

Veterinary Technician Internship
The Animal Health Department is currently accepting internship applications from veterinary technician students. The Animal Health Department serves the medical and surgical needs of the mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, and fish that make their home at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

Internships are six to eight weeks long with a work schedule of Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Applicants will play an integral role in the day-to-day operations of the animal health team.

Interested students should send a cover letter, resume, veterinary technician school transcripts, and two to three potential time slots to Libby Galvanek, CAHT, via Christine Bagtas, Administrative Assistant, at vethsp@pittsburghzoo.org.

Animal Health Undergraduate Internship
The Animal Health Department is currently accepting internship applications from undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in wildlife or zoo medicine. The Animal Health Department serves the medical and surgical needs of the mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, and fish that make their home at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and the International Conservation Center.

The animal health undergraduate internship is a minimum of 8-12 weeks long within the specified periods of time listed below. Each internship consists of 40-hour work weeks Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students should have a strong interest in zoo and wildlife veterinary medicine. Interns may be required to work in inclement weather, lift heavy loads, and must be dependable. The duties of the intern vary widely and will include husbandry of quarantined and hospitalized animals, providing approved enrichment, and training and monitoring as necessary. It may also include assisting with setting up and cleaning up of veterinary procedures, restocking hospital supplies, cleaning and sterilization of surgical instruments, animal observations, assisting with lab sample processing including blood, urine and feces, and other duties as assigned.

Interested students should send a cover letter, resumé, college transcripts, and two letters of recommendation along with a potential start date with the length of time available to Lauren McCutcheon, CVT, via Christine Bagtas, Administrative Assistant, at vethsp@pittsburghzoo.org. The application deadlines for each internship period are listed below.

Summer: May through August
Summer application deadline is March 1.

Fall: September through December
Fall application deadline is July 1.