Thank you for you interest in Zoo Atlanta's Internship Program! By submitting this online form, you confirm the following:

- You are at least 18 years of age

- Currently enrolled in College/University or recent graduate within two years of graduation date.

- You have the ability to pass a background check

- You are able to provide negative TB test results

- You are able to abide by Zoo Atlanta's policies and procedures as well as the rules and regulations set forth in the Intern Handbook

- You support Zoo Atlanta's mission: We save wildlife and their habitats through conservation, research, education and engaging experiences. Our efforts connect people to animals and inspire conservation action.

Please note: If directions are not followed correctly in applying for an internship, applicants will not be considered for any position.

A completed application includes:

-cover letter


-two letters of recommendation

Submission of online application alone, is not considered complete.

All above documents should be sent via email to internship@zooatlanta.org as a pdf file only.

Suggestion: print/save the description of the internship you are interested in, so that you ensure you are following all of the necessary steps to apply. You can also save or print this application form before submitting so you have the instructions for future reference.

If you have questions please contact the Manager of Volunteer Programs at internship@zooatlanta.org

Please note: due to the volume of applicants, we can not respond to inquiries about status of applications.

Contact Information

It all begins with a name! We can't wait to get to you know you. Please provide your best possible contact information inclusive of an email address that you check frequently as this is our best form of contact. All of the information you provide is confidential.

Emergency Contact Information

Please provide contact information for two (2) individuals who may be reached in the event of an emergency.

Additional Information

Please complete personal information section below. Then provide 2 references under "1" & "2". References will not be contacted unless you are considered for the internship. These references do not need to be the same individuals writing letters of recommendation for you.

Internship Area of Interest

Below, you may select up to three internships for which you are interested in applying for. In the box below, rank your internship options. For example: 1. Guest Experience, 2. Education - Programs, 3. Interpretive Resources. You should only submit (1) resume, (1)cover letter etc. for your top choose. If not chosen for your top choice, we will pass your application onto your second choice and so on.

Please Note: The Event Planning Internship is for Summer 2021 only.

Short Answer Questions

Please take a minute to briefly answer the questions below.


Have you been an intern at Zoo Atlanta in the past? If yes, when and for which department?


Please provide any additional relevant information:


Have you been convicted of a felony in the past 7 years? (Zoo Atlanta conducts extensive background checks on ALL new volunteers. Conviction of a felony in the past 7 years may disqualify you from volunteering at Zoo Atlanta. This does not apply if the conviction has been expunged, is contained in a sealed record, or was a juvenile conviction. A criminal conviction will not necessarily bar you from volunteering at Zoo Atlanta. We will consider the nature of the crime, the time which has expired since its occurrence, and any rehabilitation you have completed.)

Notification and Agreement

I certify that all answers given by me are true, accurate and complete. I understand the falsification, misrepresentation or omission of fact on this application (or any other accompanying or required documents) will be cause for denial or immediate termination regardless of when or how discovered. I also agree to immediately notify Zoo Atlanta if I should be convicted of a crime involving dishonesty, breach of trust, controlled substances, sexual misconduct, abuse or violence while my application is pending or during my period of volunteer service.


I understand that this application does not create a contract for my volunteer service. I understand that if accepted, I am obliged to comply with any and all current and subsequently adopted policies. I understand that if accepted, my volunteer service may be dismissed at any time for any reason, with or without notice. I understand that no person is authorized to change any of the terms mentioned in this application.


I authorize any person, school, current employer, past employer(s), and organizations named in this application to provide Zoo Atlanta with any information and opinion request in connection with my application, and I release such persons and organizations from any legal liability in making such statements.


I understand I shall not be considered an employee for any purpose, and no health, accident or workmen's compensation insurance, nor any type of employee benefits, shall be provided for me by Zoo Atlanta.


I understand the trade secrets, proprietary information and other internal information, data and materials of Zoo Atlanta are valuable assets. I agree not to disclose to any other person, other than Zoo Atlanta's employees, board of directors, interns, and volunteers, any information whether such material is developed before or after this date. I also agree not to remove any confidential information off Zoo Atlanta's premises while on duty. Confidential information includes, but is not limited to: email communications, patent, patent application, logo, copyright, trademark, trade name, service mark, know how, trade secrets, customer list and their information, supplier list and all inclusive information, zoo records, operational methods, Zoo policies/practices, personal information of employees/volunteers/interns, marketing data/plans/strategies, financial information, and information/data/materials developed by employee/volunteer/intern including all media (film/photographs).


Zoo Atlanta is responsible for setting forth in clear terms the standards of conducts and ethical behavior required by its employees/volunteers/interns. Certain actions are completely inappropriate and unacceptable for the work environment. Violation of the rules of conduct will result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the volunteer program. I agree not to violate the following list; however a violation not listed is also grounds for disciplinary action and termination. As an employee/volunteer/intern, I agree not partake in any dishonest, criminal, violent, and offensive actions as well as unauthorized possession (theft), illegal use of substances (drugs, alcohol, and other intoxicants), making false or malicious claims toward others (employee, intern, volunteer, Zoo Atlanta), and accepting/giving food or merchandise at a reduced rate or free of charge. I agree to abide by all animal related as well as safety related policies set by Zoo Atlanta.


I hereby release Zoo Atlanta and their respective agents, representatives, trustees, officers, employees and volunteers (the "Released Parties") from any and all liability whatsoever arising out of any damage, loss or injury to me or my property incurred as a result of my volunteer activities for Zoo Atlanta. I further agree to indemnify, save and hold harmless the Released Parties from any and all losses, damages and liabilities for indemnities, contribution or otherwise with respect to any and all property damage, personal injury and/or death incurred in connection with my volunteer activities, as might be asserted by a third party (defined as any party other than the Released Parties or me). My estate shall hold harmless Zoo Atlanta and their respective agents, representatives, trustees, officers, employees and volunteers from any claims or actions by my relatives or legal representatives based on my death or injury as a result of my volunteer activities.


Zoo Atlanta is a violence free and weapon free environment. However, if you do own a concealed weapon, we ask that you provide a copy of your license to carry a weapon to Human Resources. As a volunteer, I agree not to carry my weapon onto Zoo Atlanta premises. All Zoo Atlanta employees/volunteers/interns are expected to comply with our Violence in the Workplace policy. Failure to provide a copy of your license to carry a weapon to Human Resources is grounds for immediate dismissal.


It is the policy of the Zoo Atlanta to afford equal opportunity to all volunteer applicants without regard to age, race, religion, color, sex, national origin, marital status, expunged juvenile records, or pregnancy, and to afford equal opportunity to disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam era, and individuals with a disability and any other characteristics protected by Federal, State, or Local Law. Zoo Atlanta is committed to a drug/alcohol free workplace and prohibits any form of harassment.


I understand that certain volunteer activities require special training. I shall not undertake such activities without the required training. I also understand that my volunteer activities will not qualify me as an animal keeper and will not lead to a paid position.


Questions regarding this application should be directed to internship@zooatlanta.org. This application will be given every consideration, but its receipt does not imply that the applicant will be accepted.