The variety of work undertaken in the zoo is reflected in the variety of internships available. From Veterinary students completing a two week placement to Art & Design students spending six months with us. All internships are unpaid by the zoo, but some colleges have schemes available to help fund the internships. Foreign students often use the Erasmus program to fund their time with us.


The interns work is directly relevant to their chosen field. To give some examples:

Veterinary students will be directly involved in feeding, health monitoring, record keeping, parasitology etc.

Tourism & Leisure students will work at the reception area, deal with tours, gather and analyse statistics etc.

Graphic Design students will help with website design, in-house signage, create promotional material, design vehicle graphics etc.

Business students will be involved in the day to day running of the zoo, from product sourcing to client management.


Interns who spend more than four weeks with us are given a project of their choice to complete.   The intern will first submit a proposal to the zoo or pick one of the many projects we have available.  We would hope that the intern would aim for peer review publication of their project, especially if it’s in the science field.


Applying for an internship;

  • Complete the online application form
  • Send in a current Curriculum Vitae with 2 referees 
  • Send in a copy of College/School insurance that ensures that you’re covered by their insurance policy while here.


All applications for work placements are treated the same as if a person were applying for a job in the zoo. At the end of their placement, the student is then given an exit interview to let them know how their placement went and if there are any areas that the student may work on as they go out to work in the future.

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