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.

Internship Opportunities

  • Education "Zoo to You" (Spring and Summer)
  • Education Summer Camps
  • Rocky Shores and Tundra
  • SE Asian Forest Sanctuary (Position suspended until fall)
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater (Summer Only)


How to Apply

Please visit the Metro Parks Tacoma website for position descriptions and to begin the application process. 

Application deadlines for each season are included within the position descriptions. Not all positions are available year round.

If you have questions, or need more information than what is included in the position descriptions, you may contact: