San Diego Zoo
Job Code
Guest Services
Average Hours per Week
Employment Status
Without Benefits

COLLEGE RELATIONS STUDENT INTERN 2013 - San Diego Zoo/San Diego Zoo Safari Park


Job Description:


**San Diego Zoo Global is a smoke-free workplace**

Please read this information carefully before submitting your application. 

This program is only open to students 
who are actively enrolled in a College Institution.
Deadline to apply:  Sunday, March 31, 2013
Applications must be submitted online by 9:30pm Pacific Standard Time.

If offered one of these opportunities, you must be able to provide proof of citizenship or the legal right to work in the U.S. All employment contingent upon passing a drug test.  Some employment contingent upon passing pre-placement testing (Fingerprinting for those hired in Education and physicals for other specific job classifications).

Internship Opportunities:
Most of the positions available through the College Relations Summer Internship Program are within, but not limited to the Guest Services departments i.e. Food Service, Merchandising, Admissions, Guest Ambassadors, Flightline, Africa Tram/Tours, Skyfari, Education, and Buildings and Grounds.  A variety of these positions are available at both the San Diego Zoo, located in Balboa Park – near downtown San Diego as well at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, located 30 miles North of the San Diego Zoo in Escondido, CA.

Interns are expected to fill a specific position within the hiring department and may have opportunities to learn about the dynamics of operating that department.

Required attendance includes:

San Diego Zoo Global orientation

  • Roar Stronger - This is a class aimed at empowering our staff to become more well-rounded, well versed and motivated within our organization, both at work and at home.  Topic – TBD
  • Executive update - Meeting that discusses long-term or short - term strategy or operational issues of our organization.  Attendance will be with your assigned mentor.
  • Completion of learning checklist

Interns must be available to start on either May 20th or June 17th, 2013.  The two optional end dates are: August 9th or September 3rd, 2013. These dates are dependant on the schedules for Quarter Students or Semester Students.

Education interns may have alternate start and end dates.

If selected for the May 20th start date, for a position at either the San Diego Zoo or the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, you will be required to be available the Sunday prior to your start date to check in with HR at the Safari Park, sign paperwork and get an ID card.  For this group - orientation will take place at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

If selected for the June 20th start date,  for a position at either the San Diego Zoo or the San Diego Zoo Safari Park,  you will be required to be available at some point the week prior to check in with HR at either facility depending on internship assignment or location to sign paperwork and get an ID card.  If from out of the area, you will need to plan to report to the San Diego Zoo around 7am for processing on June 20th..  For this group - orientation will take place at the San Diego Zoo.

Pay Rate – Most of these opportunities are paid and the rate will vary, depending on the position the intern is hired into.

Availability - Must be available any of the seven days of the week.  Nights, weekends and holidays will be required. The hours and schedules may vary from week to week.

Transportation - It is strongly recommended that all Interns have a personal form of transportation while they are here if interning at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.  Access via public transportation is extremely limited and runs by the Safari Park twice a day - once in the very early morning and once in the evening (Public bus #386). There is no transportation on the weekends.

The Mission of San Diego Zoo Global is that we are a Conservation, Education and Recreation organization dedicated to the reproduction, protection and exhibition of animals, plants and their habitats. 

Expectations for Summer Interns include participation in orientation, attendance at specific events, and completion of a learning checklist which includes information specific to the business of San Diego Zoo Global. We strive to give a well-rounded experience during this Internship Program.  This summer experience will help you to gain insight and appreciation for the various components of San Diego Zoo Global.

When applying on-line, please include with your resume: 

A letter of intent. Please note that the letter of intent should be copy-and-pasted in the same area as the copy-and-pasted resume/CV.

For additional information, please visit the following link:
(Post 1/1/2013)

Job Requirements:

These are College Relations Interns that will be working in a variety of different departments at the Zoo and Wild Animal Park.

The Student Intern performs a wide variety of duties, depending upon the assignment, while continuing post-secondary education goals. This classification provides students with opportunities to obtain applicable job experience working for assigned Society departments.
Essential Functions: 
Performs a wide variety of duties, depending upon the assigned department's needs; continues post-secondary education pursuits while obtaining applicable job experience; and maintains a variety of contacts in order to respond to inquiries and requests.
Ancillary Functions:
Performs related duties and responsibilities as required 


Examples of representative qualifications include the equivalent of a high school diploma; enrollment in a post-secondary education program which is applicable to the assigned job duties; communication skills; and ability to work effectively with others. Basic computer literacy is desirable. 

Working conditions vary with the assigned duties.