About the Park


Internship Application

The College Intern Program is designed to give college students and recent graduates 18 years of age or older the opportunity to have an in-depth, hands-on experience in the field of animal care. Internships are offered 3 times a year: spring, summer, and fall. All applicants must have completed their freshman year at an accredited college or university prior to applying and must be maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA in the area of their major. Only applicants majoring in the sciences will be considered for animal care internships; however, students in any field may apply for administrative positions. Interns must commit to working a minimum of 24 hours per week for 8 consecutive weeks. All Out of Africa Wildlife Park internships are unpaid. Interns will be considered volunteers and therefore will operate under the supervision of the volunteer coordinator(s) and/or keeper-mentor as well as their area supervisors. They will also be required to pay the $45 Volunteer Membership Fee.

Internship candidates are considered and taken on a case-by-case basis. Deadlines for applications are as follows:

  • March 1 for Summer (May-Aug) Internships
  • July 1 for Fall (Sept-Dec) Internships
  • November 1 for Spring (Jan-Apr) Internships

Out of Africa Wildlife Park will be happy to facilitate any projects or presentations deemed necessary for credit. ALL PROJECTS MUST BE APPROVED IN ADVANCE BY PARK STAFF SUPERVISOR.

College Credit

Out of Africa Wildlife Park is unable to award any college credits. The institution that the student attends will decide the credit, if any, and any additional academic requirements that must be completed during the student’s internship. Out of Africa Wildlife Park will work with the higher learning institution in regards to completing scholastic requirements during the student’s internship.

Applicant Qualifications

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in college and have completed at least one year of class work.
  • Recent graduates within the last 2 years may apply for internships.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Candidates must provide proof of current tetanus shot and current negative TB test (within 12 months) at applicant’s expense.
  • Applicants must pass a background check.
  • Applicants must pass a drug and alcohol test.
  • Animal care applicants must be able to lift 75 pounds.
  • Applicants must pay $45.00 Volunteer Fee.

Supportive Intern Information

  • TB Testing: You may begin the application process without a negative TB skin test; however, all interns are required to have a negative TB skin test done before beginning their internship in an animal care department. Test results must be negative and must have been done within the 12 months prior to starting the internship program. The test will be conducted at the intern’s own expense.
  • Vaccinations: All interns must be current on their tetanus vaccination; proof must be provided before applicant will be accepted into the intern program. All vaccinations are at the intern’s own expense.
  • Drug Screen and Background Check: All candidates must pass a required drug screen and background check once they have been accepted. Any candidate who fails the drug screen or background check will be dismissed from the program.
  • Weekly Hours: Interns may work 24to 40 hours per week, including weekends and holidays.
  • Required Forms: Applicants must submit the completed Internship Membership Application, résumé, transcripts, and cover letter. Incomplete applications will not be accepted, and “see résumé” is not an acceptable response on the application.
  • MAIL TO: Send your completed application and required forms to the following address:

Volunteer Department
Out of Africa Wildlife Park
4020 N. Cherry Rd.
Camp Verde, AZ 86322

Letters of Recommendation: They can be submitted at your discretion but are not required.

$45.00 Internship Fee: The fee is used to offset the cost of a background check, company policy materials, processing, and one t-shirt. (Please do not enclose payment at this time.)

This can be a very competitive program, and not all who apply will be selected for an interview. General questions regarding the internship program may be directed to [email protected].

Selection Process

Upon receipt of the completed application package, the information will be sent to supervisors in the appropriate department. Applicants will be contacted to arrange for an interview, either in person (if the applicant lives in the Central, North Central Arizona area) or by telephone. During the interview, the supervisor(s) and staff will gather information pertaining to experience, career interests and education and will answer any questions the applicant may have.

Candidates who are selected for internships will receive an acceptance letter and/or phone call at least one month before the start of the internship. Final acceptance is dependent upon a background check and drug and alcohol testing.

All housing and transportation costs are the responsibility of the intern.

Click here to download an Internship Member Application.