Internships and Preceptorships

Equine Internship

The Equine Internship provides recent high school graduates, college students and recent college graduates direct experience in animal care with domestic equine and canines to assist them in pursuing a career in the equine industry, animal care field, or veterinary medicine. See the Equine Internship page for more information.

Wildlife Conservation Internship

The wildlife conservation internships provide college students and recent college graduates direct experience in animal care and exposure to conservation breeding programs, to assist them in making a larger contribution to conservation along their career path. Interns work closely with our animal care specialists to care for the animals that call White Oak home.


-Carnivore/Bird internship: This four month internship focuses in the carnivore and bird teams learn more

-Rhino/Ungulate internship: This four month internship focuses in the ungulate teams learn more

-Summer internship: This two month internship focuses in one or more of the animal care teams learn more

Santa Fe Zoo Science Internship

White Oak offers an animal keeper internship opportunity for selected graduates of the Santa Fe Community College’s Zoo Animal Technology Program. The eight-month internship is designed to provide graduates with additional hands-on experience with wildlife to better prepare candidates for an animal-care career in a zoological institution.  See the Santa Fe Internship page for application information. Please review the internship document for application instructions.

Management Fellowship for Conservation Breeding

This new and exciting program is open to early career professionals who have a strong interest in developing the broad set of skills required to be successful leaders in conservation breeding centers. The one-year program will provide participants with an in-depth training experience in the diverse aspects of conservation breeding program management practiced at White Oak. This program will give emerging leaders in the field a great start to a successful career. See the Management Fellowship program description for more information and application instructions. White Oak accepts applications for this program on a rolling basis. 

Veterinary Technician Internship

White Oak offers an eight-month internship program for veterinary technicians. During this time period, students work with staff to learn the specialty of exotic animal medicine from the perspective of a technician. This unique opportunity adequately prepares the technicians for entry-level technician positions in zoo and wildlife medicine. Click here Veterinary Technician Internship for application information.

Veterinary Student Preceptorship

Preceptorships are generally six to eight weeks in length and are offered to fourth-year veterinary students. Veterinary externs at White Oak are introduced to zoo medicine and given hands-on experience. See the Veterinary Preceptorship page to learn how to apply.