Utah’s Hogle Zoo’s College Internship Program allows students to utilize their classroom knowledge in a variety of real work settings.

Our program combines classroom teaching and with hands-on training to help our interns to improve their skills and give students valuable firsthand experience. Interns must have completed at least one full year of college credits.


Internship applications are due March 15th and all available internships are filled by May 1. Internship period is from May 30th – August 26th. Interns must be available for this 12-week period and all internships are unpaid.

College Credit

Utah’s Hogle Zoo is unable to award any college credits. The institution that the student attends will decide the credit, if any, and any additional academic requirements that must be completed during the student’s internship. Utah’s Hogle Zoo is willing to work with the different higher learning institutions in regards to completing scholastic requirements during the student’s internship.

Applicant qualifications:

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in college and have completed at least one year of class work.
  • Recent college graduates (within the last two years) may apply for an internship.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
  • Candidates must provide proof of current negative TB test and tetanus shot.
  • Applicants must pass a drug and alcohol test and a background check.
  • Applicants must be able to lift 50 pounds with accommodations.

Basic Requirements:

By the completion of their internship, all interns will have an understanding of the role the following play in Zoo culture:

  • Conservation: Interns will learn how modern zoos support and encourage conservation. They will learn about habitat loss, over-population and the many in situ conservation projects supported by Utah’s Hogle Zoo.
  • Public Interaction: Intern must become knowledgeable on collection natural history and facts regarding the Zoo and its programming. Intern may be asked to interact with the public. 
  • Continuing Education: Zoo regulations, protocols, conservation, behavior and training, education, veterinary medicine and terms will be discussed in weekly classes and interns will be required to do occasional quizzes.

To successfully complete their internship, each intern must complete the following:

  • Hours required in their specific area (200-400 hours) over a 12-week period.
  • Intern Project: Each intern is required to complete a project under direction/with supervisor approval
  • Journal: Each Intern must keep a daily journal to be shared with their supervisor and mentor.
  • Presentation: Interns will prepare a 10-15 minute presentation at the end of the summer. This presentation will be shared with other interns and Zoo staff.

The following areas have internships available:

Additional internship information:

  • TB Testing: You may apply for an internship without a negative TB skin test; however, all interns are required to have a negative TB skin test done before beginning their internship. The test must be negative and must have been done within the last 3 months prior to starting the internship program. The test will be conducted at the intern’s own expense.
  • Vaccinations: All interns must be current on their Tetanus vaccination; proof must be provided once the applicant is accepted into the intern program. All vaccinations are at the intern’s expense.
  • Drug Screen and Background Check: All candidates must pass a required drug screen and background check once he or she has been accepted. Any candidate who fails the drug screen or background check will be dismissed from the program. Utah’s Hogle Zoo will pay the cost of the drug screen and background check.
  • Interns may work 20-40 hours per week, including weekends and holidays depending on the area they intern in.
  • Applicants must submit an application, resume, informal transcript, essay  and cover letter
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Letters of recommendation may be submitted, but are not required.
  • This is a very competitive program, not all those who apply will be selected for an interview.
  • General questions regarding the internship program may be directed to Chris Schmitz, no phone calls please.

Selection Process

Upon receipt of the completed application package, the information will be sent to supervisors in the appropriate Department after March 1. Applicants will be contacted to arrange for an interview, either in person (if the applicant lives in the Salt Lake City Area) or by telephone. During the interview, the supervisors and staff will gather information pertaining to experience, career interests, education, and will answer any questions the applicant may have.

Candidates who are selected for internships will receive an acceptance email and/or phone call at least one month before the start of the internship. Final acceptance is dependent upon a background check and drug and alcohol testing.

All housing and transportation costs are the responsibility of the intern.
Click here to download an Internship Application.