The Greensboro Science Center’s internship program is designed to give selected college and graduate students the opportunity to utilize their academic knowledge in a professional setting. Participants will find that their internship experience will help them develop leadership skills, determine future goals, and network with professionals. Interns may receive course credit for their internship by completing all school and program requirements. 

Internships are designed around spring, summer, and fall semesters, but not all areas will have openings available during each term. Internships that may be available include  Aquarium, Conservation & Research, Creative Services, Education, Finance, and Terrestrial Internships. These opportunities are hands-on and designed to give you a competitive edge when pursuing a career in this highly competitive field. Through an internship at the GSC, you can learn about and directly impact our mission to inspire scientific curiosity and encourage personal discovery about life and the natural world.

All internships are unpaid and housing opportunities are unavailable. Completion of an internship at the GSC does not come with the promise of future part-time or full-time employment.

Interested in learning more about pursuing a career in an aquarium or zoo? Click here for information about Davidson County Community College’s Zoo and Aquarium Science Program.

Are you a BIPOC student looking for career advice? Check out the website for the Association of Minority Zoo and Aquarium Professionals.

General Internship Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years old as of the internship application due date.
  • Applicants should currently be enrolled in an applicable college program or have received a degree in a field related to the desired placement.
  • Please review the minimum and maximum time commitments for the internship you are applying for. In order to receive credit as an intern at the GSC, you must meet the time commitment of the internship – regardless of whether or not that is different from any school or program requirements you may have.
  • Any applicable university or college credit (or additional requirements) must be arranged by the student through their institution.
  • All housing and transportation must be arranged by the intern – it is not provided by the GSC as part of the internship.
  • All Animal Care interns (Aquarium, Terrestrial) are required to provide proof of a negative TB test. The test must have been read within the past year and be valid for the duration of the internship.
  • All applicants must submit an application and provide, via email, a cover letter, a resume, and a list of three professional references (including contact information) in order to be considered. There will be an option to add 1-2 reference letters, however, these are not required for the application.
  • You are welcome to apply for multiple internships. We ask that you submit them separately given that the materials will go to different hiring managers. Those managers are also looking for different skill sets and experiences from their interns, so your cover letters should reflect that.
  • Accepted interns must pass a criminal background check. The GSC will cover the cost of this background check. Due to background check procedures, you must be legally authorized to work in the United States and/or currently reside in the USA.
  • Your name tag and one intern t-shirt will be provided to you at no cost. Should you wish to purchase any additional GSC intern t-shirts, you may do so at your cost of $5 each.
  • Note that completion of an internship does not guarantee full-time or part-time job placement at the GSC.

Opportunities & Application Deadlines

Annual Internship Application Deadlines

  • Summer Semester: Applications open February 15 – March 5
  • Fall Semester: Applications open June 1-20
  • Spring Semester: Applications open September 1-20 (for the following year)

Veterinary Externships

Externships (click to learn more) – Now accepting applications for fall 2024- spring 2025 rotations.

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