Internship Program

The Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Internship Program offers individuals a unique opportunity to become actively involved in our mission. Internships are available for college students that have completed at least one year of coursework or college graduates seeking on-the-job experience. In this exciting and challenging atmosphere, interns will be able to supplement previous animal care experiences and apply classroom knowledge.

Selected interns must commit to at least 32-40 hours a week for 10-12 weeks, have a flexible schedule, and have the ability to work weekdays, weekends, and holidays. All positions are unpaid with no housing provided. However, staff may be able to assist hired interns explore housing options.

Interns are accepted each academic quarter for most positions. Since the summer season is the most competitive, we encourage interested applicants to consider other times of the year. Unfortunately, we are unable to host interns who are not U.S. citizens.

Application Process

Submit your completed application and all required support materials to:


Regular Mail:
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Internship Program Coordinator
5400 North Pearl Street
Tacoma, WA 98407