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.
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.
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.