Join us for a semester as an intern!

The Maryland Zoo is committed to developing the next generation of wildlife, hospitality, and business professionals. Internships give students the opportunity to gain college credit for supervised work and learning experiences while introducing them to professional skills and responsibilities in a career field of interest.

  • Internship applications for 2024 have closed. Check back later this year for 2025!

Internships Offered

Animal Behavior Internship

Animal Behavior Interns will observe a variety of species across the Zoo and collect data that will tell us what an animal is doing and where the animal is doing it. The data collected can then be used by animal care professionals to better understand the animal’s well-being, and to aid them in making evidence-based decisions regarding their care.

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Veterinary Technician Internship

Vet Tech Interns will gain insight into the operations of a zoo veterinary hospital through training, shadowing and hands-on experiences.

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Conservation Education Internship

Conservation Education Interns will support on-grounds and off-grounds educational experiences benefiting audiences of all ages and backgrounds and assist staff with the preparation of educational materials and the delivery of educational programs using artifacts and hands-on activities.

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Mary Wilson Scholar Program

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Mary Jeanette Wilson (1937–2020) was the first Black senior zookeeper at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. With a career spanning 38 years, Wilson worked with many of the most charismatic species at the Zoo, specializing in gorillas, large cats, and elephants. To honor her legacy, the Zoo created the Mary Wilson Scholar Program, a 6-week paid summer internship awarded annually to a local college student who is a Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color (BIPOC), has a passion for animals, and an interest in zoo keeping. The Zoo welcomed the first Mary Wilson Scholar in 2022.

The application for 2024 has closed.

The Mary Wilson Scholar Program is generously supported by T. Rowe Price and Verizon

Please note: Most internships are unpaid, and there is no reimbursement for transportation or housing.

For questions about internships, please contact the Volunteer Department at 443-552-5266 or