The International Exotic Animal Sanctuary (IEAS)

Some internships may be closed. Please refer to the organization’s web page for up-to-date postings and opportunities.

Deadlines for Applications:

  • April 1st for Summer Session (June 1st - Aug 31st)
  • July 1st for Fall Session (Sept 1st - Nov 30th)
  • October 1st for Winter Session (Dec 1st - Feb 28th)

Calling all students interested in pursuing a career in Animal Welfare! This program provides a unique opportunity for individuals who wish to learn about the care and management of exotic animals. Unlike many other facilities in the nation, IEAS offers a program working with large carnivores and omnivores such as lions, tigers and bears.

IEAS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the purpose of providing a permanent sanctuary for exotic animals that have been abandoned, abused, or neglected. We were the first sanctuary to be certified by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, whose standards are the highest in animal welfare, and have maintained excellent care for our animals. Additionally, IEAS educates the public through school programs, tour lectures, support for conservation programs, and public appearances about the value and worth of these sensitive, intelligent, and perceptive animals.

    Required application materials: 

    • completed application
    • copy of your driver's license
    • 3 letters of reference**
    • unofficial or official transcript
    • cover letter and resume
    • at least two years of undergraduate program studies in zoology, animal management, biology, or a related field

    ** If you have interned or volunteered somewhere, please include a reference letter from your supervisor.


    Semesters Available



    Boyd, TX

    Location Area

    Out of State