Internship - Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens


Intern Programs

Naples Zoo’s internship program offers interns the opportunity to learn within a variety of disciplines, and the chance to obtain a unique and meaningful career experience in a beautiful setting with amazing animals. All internships are unpaid with no housing, stipend, funding, or sponsorship provided.

Our internships are designed to give college students, who are 18 years of age or older, the opportunity to have an in-depth, hands-on experience working in the zoo profession. 

Basic Internship Requirements:

  • All applicants MUST be doing internship for school credit or have just graduated with a degree related to the internship.
  • Naples Zoo requires interns to work 3 days a week for a minimum of 10 weeks (at least 240 hours). An exception may be made if the circumstances warrant it, but should be discussed at time application is submitted.
  • Related coursework or experience in area of internship.
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • All Animal Care Interns are required to provide proof of a negative TB test.
  • All Interns must pass a drug test prior to starting.
  • Interns are required to complete 5 hours of continuing education opportunities during the semester. Continuing Education opportunities will be offered at the Zoo and may also include appropriate off-site opportunities.
  • All interns must complete a project during their internship that is developed by the intern and the area supervisor.

Internships are available in most areas for Summer (May-mid August), Fall (September-mid December), and Spring (January-May).

Please check back soon for our 2023 Fall Internship Opportunities

Internship Application Deadlines
Spring: due by November 15
Summer: due by February 25
Fall: due by July 15
*All other intern applications are due 6 weeks before the start of your internship.

Not in school? We are also currently recruiting volunteers for many different areas!
Unfortunately, we are unable to accept international interns because of a lack of funding.

How to Apply for an Internship

DOWNLOAD AND COMPLETE the Internship Application and submit with a resume and cover letter.

To apply for an internship:
EMAIL scanned applications to [email protected].
Or MAIL a completed application, resume, and cover letter to: Naples Zoo Attn: Internships 1590 Goodlette Frank Rd Naples, FL 34102

Application and Acceptance Process

After submitting ALL application materials, you will be notified via email or phone call as to whether or not you have been selected to move forward with an interview. Only a select few applicants will receive an interview and be selected as Zoo interns. Accepted applicants will complete an orientation (including passing a drug test, and turning in all required paperwork). Orientation date and time will be emailed to you. Schedules will be depend on area of internship, but candidates must be prepared to work weekends and holidays. Thanks for helping Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens fulfill its mission!

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