Internships/Externships

Now accepting applications for Fall 2014

Thank you for your interest in an internship with Nashville Zoo at Grassmere. The Internship/Externship Program at Nashville Zoo is an opportunity for high school or college students to acquire experience and knowledge by working alongside our professional staff.

Although internship/externship positions are not paid, the experience will no doubt benefit a student’s future endeavors in the zoological field or related area of interest. Internships/externships may be available for students in animal care, education, administration, conservation or special events.

Internship/Externship Program Overview

Eligibility Requirements and Time Commitment


Nashville Zoo internships are available every trimester. The following dates are all approximate; please contact your school advisor for more specific dates regarding your application and your school schedule.

- Fall Semester (September – December): Applications due by July 15
- Spring Semester (January – April): Applications due by November 15
- Summer Semester (May – August): Applications due by March 1

Internship Externship High School Internship
College credit Non-college credit High school credit
Assigned project Career-focused experience Service Credit/no project
20-40 hours/week 16-20 hours a week 50-70 total hours
minimum 10 weeks in a row minimum 8 weeks up to 12 weeks 3 weeks required
Spring, Summer, Fall Spring, Summer, Fall Fall and Spring

Applying for an Internship/Externship


Please email, fax or mail the following information together to apply for an internship/externship. Letters of Recommendation must be included in the application packet. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

Now accepting applications for Fall 2014

For information on Veterinary Internships, please contact Dr. Heather Robertson at hrobertson@nashvillezoo.org.

EMAIL: volunteer@nashvillezoo.org

FAX: 615-333-0728

MAIL: Nashville Zoo
Attn: Volunteer Programs Manager
3777 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211

Upon receiving the completed application, selected students will be contacted to schedule an interview. Efforts are made to place students in their area of interest.

Tuberculin (TB) Skin Test


All Interns and Externs assigned to an animal area are required to submit a current (within past 12 months) negative TB test.