College Interns Veterinary Preceptorships

Experience Zoo Life

The Oklahoma City Zoological Park & Botanical Garden offers internships for college students in a variety of study areas within the Zoo. This opportunity allows students to learn essential skills while gaining hands-on experience.


Internship Opportunities

The Oklahoma City Zoological Park & Botanical Garden offers internships in the following areas of study:

  • Animal Management (Areas may include: Apes, Birds, Carnivores, Hoofstock, Marine Mammals, Pachyderms, and Reptiles & Amphibians)
  • Behavioral Husbandry
  • Conservation Education
  • Horticulture


  • Complete orientation and training.
  • Complete at least 312 hours of service.
  • Complete assignments, based on the field of study.


  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must be a college student.
  • Pass a background check and drug screening.
  • Purchase a uniform shirt or shirts.  The cost is $15 (short-sleeved) or $20 (long-sleeved) each.
  • Physical requirements will vary by opportunity.
  • Some positions also require proof of a current, negative TB test.

How to Apply

  • 2019 Application Deadlines

The 2019 Summer Semester deadline has passed
Fall Semester 2019 – deadline May 15, 2019
Spring Semester 2020 – deadline October 15, 2019

  • Please complete the application form above.
  • In addition, please email your résumé to
  • Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview after the closing date.

Additional Information

  • Internship Program Summary
  • Our internships are unpaid.  The intern is responsible for all housing, transportation, and healthcare.
  • It is the intern’s responsibility to work with their academic institution to obtain academic credit for this internship.  The Zoo will provide any necessary documentation.
  • All volunteers must abide by the Zoo’s Personal Appearance Guidelines.
  • If you have any questions, please contact

Veterinary Preceptorships

The OKC Zoo is able to offer a limited number of preceptorships for clinical (4th year) veterinary students and post-graduate veterinarians.  These vary in length from 3-6 weeks.

To apply:  Please send a current résumé or CV, at least 2 references, and a list of preferred dates to Dr. Jennifer D’Agostino at

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