Placement year and internships

Placement year and internships
Undergraduate placement year

The student placement programme is designed to work within University undergraduate industrial year programmes, usually commencing at the beginning of the academic year (September) and continuing through to July. The year provides a tailor-made learning programme to enable students to gain experience in a wide range of techniques applicable to the zoo professions or to develop useful skills in areas of ecology, conservation and reserves management. Research projects are focussed within our research themes and may be zoo or reserve based.

The application period for the 2017/2018 academic year is now closed.  We will be inviting applications for the 2018/19 academic year in September 2017.

We offer three types of placement (click on the links for more information): zoo-based research, advocacy research and ecology-based research.

Please choose which placement you would like to apply for and complete the correct application form (links below). You will also need to send in a one-page cover letter detailing why you would like the placement opportunity. Your covering letter and application form should be sent to the Trust Secretary at

Please note that we cannot process applications until both the application form and cover letter have been received.

The application forms can be found below:

Download Zoo-based research application form

Download Advocacy research application form

Download Ecology-based research application form

All applications will be responded to within one week of submission.

The next deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 21st November 2016.

Interviews for 2017/2018 placements will be held during the week commencing 12th December 2016.

Voluntary internships

The intern programme can be tailored to individual areas of the WWCT’s research programme to meet graduate requirements for work-based learning. This is designed to allow graduates to acquire knowledge and experience of relevant skills, both experimental and practical, within a real and dynamic workplace. A learning agreement is written with each intern to ensure that the needs of the WWCT research programme and the intern are both met. Frequent performance reviews and a training record are completed throughout the internship. Internships usually last for 6 or 12 months and may start at various times of year.

Sorry - there are currently no internships available until 2018. 

Placement student and intern quotes:

“Having the opportunity to practice ‘real’ zoology, and the freedom to design and carry out my own project was fantastic.”

“This year has made zoology seem more than a degree and let me see what possibilities there are for the future.”

“I have had an absolutely fantastic year at the zoo…great place, great company, great animals!”

“My year at the zoo has irrevocably changed my perspective of the future, as I now hope to pursue a career in primatology.”

“Special thanks for showing enthusiasm for my lichen work and for teaching me many valuable skills in practical conservation.”