Paid Internships

People doing research outdoors

About the Paid Internship Program

As a City resource, we are continually looking for more equitable ways to engage the diverse communities of Los Angeles. The L.A. Zoo hosts 10-week paid summer internships for college students from over-excluded identities in the zoo and conservation fields. Interns will work directly with industry professionals on real world projects, then summarize their practical knowledge and present on their experience at the conclusion of their internship.

The ideal candidate has:

  • Interest in animals, zoos, conservation, and/or the communities of Los Angeles; 
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and accessibility;
  • Internet access for telecommunications with Zoo staff;
  • Residency in the City of Los Angeles;
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.

Salary: $16.10 / Hour

Time Commitment: Summer 2023

Location:  Hybrid, with regular work at and nearby the Los Angeles Zoo. Depending upon the assigned division, work locations may include the LA Zoo, Griffith Park, other City Department locations, or virtual. All internships have a virtual professional development component where a reliable internet connection and compatible device are required.

Applications for the Summer 2023 Intern Cohort will open in Spring 2023.