The externships are unpaid and last about 6 weeks or more. Externs will have the opportunity to learn how the zoo operates and receive hands-on experience in the care of zoo animals. Externs work about 15 hours per week and must be at least 18 years old to apply.
The externship is offered by York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Educators who are accepted into the program spend ten days with a local employer and take that experience back to the classroom. This enables students to learn what careers are available, and how much education and training they will need to enter that career field.