The Wild Animal Sanctuary offers many exciting internship opportunities in a variety of fields.
The Sanctuary is a unique environment where interns can participate in hands-on activities and gain valuable experience in a Non-Profit Sanctuary setting.


General Requirements
  • You must be at least 18 years old.

  • You must be enrolled in a two or four year college or university.

  • You must maintain at least an overall average of “C.”

  • 40 hours/week is required.

  • You must submit a written proposal stating your goals for the internship.

  • A supervising professor must approve and participate in your internship if you will be receiving credit.

  • Must become an Active Supporter if accepted into program (all Sanctuary Staff & Volunteers are also Active Supporters).  Please refer to our Active Supporter page for more information.



Application Procedure

The following items must be returned in order to be considered for an internship.

  • Volunteer Application

  • Resume

  • Copy of Transcripts (if educational institution related)

  • Proposal Letter for internship reasons/goals

  • A letter of reference from an advisor or professor (or former employer - if not educational institution related)


Send to:

The Wild Animal Sanctuary

Internship Opportunities

1946 County Road 53

Keenesburg, CO 80643


Applications should be submitted at least one month before desired start date. All interns are required to complete a minimum of 120 hours.

Emphasis Areas
  • Captive Wildlife Education

    Captive wildlife Education is a non paid internship opportunity under the supervision of the educational director. This intern will:- help develop captive wildlife curriculum- provide various Sanctuary tours to children between the ages of 2 and 18 - research and plan lessons/activities and then produce the required lesson materials.- provide short programs to the general public - hours are flexible.



  • Animal Medicine 

The Sanctuary currently does not offer medical Internship Opportunities

Animal Husbandry
  • Animal Husbandry

Animal Husbandry is a non paid internship. Under supervision of Sanctuary staff, the intern will assist animal keepers in cleaning, feeding and care of animals at The Wild Animal Sanctuary. The intern will develop an understanding of animal behaviors, care, and diets of a variety of types of animals. 

  • Event Coordination

Event Coordination is a non paid internship.  Under supervision of Development staff, interns will have the opportunity to assist in the planning, coordination, and implementation of events held at The Wild Animal Sanctuary, as well as events the Sanctuary is involved in off-site. Sanctuary events encourage supporters to see their support dollars at work providing the very best care and captive environments possible.

  • Development and Fundraising

Development and Fundraising is a non paid internship. Under supervision of marketing staff, interns will assist in researching available grant and fundraising opportunities, assist in grant writing, planning, coordination and implementation of fundraising projects.

  • Public Relations

Public Relations is a non paid internship. Under supervision of marketing staff, interns will prepare press releases, propose feature ideas to local media, submit newsletter articles, update The sanctuary’s web site, promote Sanctuary programs, maintain Facebook and Twitter accounts and assist in expanding the Sanctuary’s regional public relations. Interns will also keep current with local and regional activities, and their effects on the Sanctuary.

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