Visitor Programs Evaluation Internship

Job Description:

The selected Visitor Programs Evaluation intern(s) assist the Visitor Programs Division at the National Aquarium, within the Visitor Experience Department. By participating, students advance their experience in the scientific study of people and their environmental behaviors/values/attitudes and gain skills in research design and implementation.  Students will contribute to the body of existing data being collected and may collaborate with Aquarium leaders to design new research projects in conservation psychology.

Essential Functions:

  • Interacts with National Aquarium guests and provides exceptional guest service.
  • Assist with data collection and basic data analysis. Organizes, enters, maintains and checks data.
  • Conducts literature reviews.
  • Transcribes guest’s reactions and interactions.
  • Assist with writing, proofreading and distributing data summaries (i.e. recommendations for staff, programmatic adjustments).
  • Assist with the coordination of data collection (i.e. arranging guest interviews, focus group coordination, etc.).
  • Assist with content creation for evaluator manuals and white papers.
  • Conduct in-person interviews and surveys, phone interviews and implement email surveys.
  • Join the Visitor Programs team for meetings as needed.
  • Complete special projects as assigned.


  • Must have good guest service skills.
  • Must be detail oriented and have strong organization skills.
  • Must have strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Must be able to operate within Microsoft Office systems.
  • Must be self-motivated, have the ability to work independently or as part of a team, flexible personality, sense of humor, and the ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work within the selected term.
  • Interns will work mostly at National Aquarium; however, some work may be done from home or the library upon approval from National Aquarium VP supervisor.
  • Preference is given to those with experience in data collection and/or psychological research.
  • Preference is given to juniors and seniors.
  • Open to undergraduate students pursuing a degree in psychology, sociology, environmental sciences or a related field from an accredited college or university. 

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