Internships

National Aquarium - Internships

Enhance the Value of Your Education

Internships at the National Aquarium provide hands-on and minds-on experiences that add value to any college education. Applying classroom knowledge, interns obtain valuable job experience and establish professional contacts.

College internship positions are available year-round in many departments throughout the Aquarium. The Aquarium makes every effort to match interns to work that complements their studies, interests, and skills.

Requirements

Students must:

  • Be registered at a two- or four-year accredited college or university
  • Be able to work a minimum of 120 hours within the chosen semester
  • Receive college credit for their work at the Aquarium.

Compensation

Internships are unpaid. Interns receive free parking during hours of work and a 30% discount at our cafe and gift shop. Interns that are certified divers are eligible for a SCUBA dive in one of our exhibits.

Internship Descriptions

Accounting

Job Description:

Accounting interns will perform general accounting duties such as processing payables, cash receipts, vendor review and general office duties including filing, sorting checks, and special projects. Candidate should be personable for daily contact with staff from various departments as well as external vendors, detail oriented, possess problem solving capabilities necessary to accomplish the duties and tasks of the position and possess basic computer skills.

Essential Functions:

Accounts Payable

  • Compiles and sorts documents, such as: invoices, checks, vouchers
  • Review and correct vendor list
  • Posts payable vouchers
  • Process check run & review payments.
  • Process payments by credit cards

Assists with Month End Close and Audit

  • Assist in inputting monthly journal entries
  • Review & reconcile general ledger accounts

Office Duties and various Special Projects

  • Maintains files for all accounts payable and cash receipt functions
  • Assist helping others with vouchers
  • Various Special projects

Requirements:

  • Must be enrolled in an accredited college, pursuing a degree in Accounting, Business, or a related field (non-profit experience helpful but not necessary)
  • Must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work within the selected term.

Creative Services – Editorial

Job Description:

The selected Creative Services – Editorial intern(s) assist the Marketing Department with content development and execution of Aquarium materials and other activities as needed.

Essential Functions:

  • Write concise, compelling copy that adheres to National Aquarium standards for both print and web
  • Research topics in support of Creative Services content development
  • Edit materials for grammar, accuracy and consistency as well as adherence to brand standards and guidelines
  • Collaborate with Creative Services team on concept development and arrive at creative solutions to achieve marketing objectives
  • Ensure consistent theme and tone in all messages
  • Assist with administrative tasks, mailings, etc.
  • Join the Creative Services team for meetings and special events
  • Complete special projects as assigned

Requirements:

  • Must be able to operate within Microsoft Office systems.
  • Must be self-motivated and have sharp attention to detail, ability to work independently or as part of a team, flexible personality, sense of humor, creativity, and the ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work within the selected term.
  • Preference is given to juniors and seniors.
  • Open to undergraduate students pursuing a degree in English, journalism, communications or a related field from an accredited college or university.

Creative Services - Exhibit Design

Job Description:

Exhibit Design interns provide assistance to the Aquarium’s Exhibit Designers who are responsible for designing and producing new exhibit experiences.

Essential Functions

  • Assist in researching materials and products
  • Work with exhibit teams to create prototype interactives for evaluating with visitors
  • Work in Vectorworks to draft drawings under the direction of the exhibit designer
  • Produce design presentations in Vectorworks and inDesign
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Requirements

  • Must be a college junior or senior enrolled in an accredited college, pursuing a degree in exhibit or industrial design, architecture,or a related field 
  • Must have a strong interest in and knowledge of the field of zoo/aquarium/museum exhibit design and experience with building physical models for prototyping
  • Must have excellent verbal and visual communication skills
  • Must be skilled in Vectorworks, familiar with the Adobe Creative Suite software, especially InDesign and Illustrator and competent in Microsoft Office systems; must have good hand drawing skills and basic building skills
  • Must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work within the selected term. Ideal candidates are able to commit to three days a week and 200 hours
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds, climb up a 6-foot ladder, and be able to maneuver into tight areas

Creative Services - Exhibit Developer

Job Description:

Exhibit Developer interns provide assistance to the Aquarium’s Exhibit Developers who are responsible for conceptualizing and communicating descriptions of exhibit components and visitor experiences.

Essential Functions

  • Assist in researching content for aquarium exhibits—including photo and video research
  • Assist in front-end and formative evaluation of exhibit concepts 
  • Work with exhibit teams to assist in prototyping exhibits and evaluating them with visitors 
  • Research and draft animal IDs and other labels as needed
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Requirements

  • Must be a college junior or senior enrolled in an accredited college, pursuing a degree in life science, environmental science, or a related field pursuing a career in museums/aquariums/zoos. Interest or background in educational, museum studies or leisure studies is desirable and art or design skills are helpful.
  • Must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work within the selected term. Ideal candidates are able to commit to three days a week and 200 hours.
  • Must have experience researching material, writing and organizational skills
  • Must be able to operate within Microsoft Office systems
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds, climb up a 6-foot ladder, and be able to maneuver into tight areas

Creative Services - Exhibit Graphic Design

Job Description:

Exhibit Graphic Design interns provide assistance to the Aquarium’s Exhibit Graphic Designers who are responsible for designing and producing the signage and graphics on the Aquarium campus.

Essential Functions

  • Assist in producing signage 
  • Assist in researching content for graphics—including photos and illustrations
  • Work with exhibit teams to create prototype exhibit graphics for evaluating with visitors 
  • Work in Photoshop to process, clip and edit photographs for use in exhibit graphics 
  • Lay out new animal IDs and other labels as needed
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Requirements

  • Must be a college junior or senior enrolled in an accredited college, pursuing a degree in graphic design or a related field 
  • Must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work within the selected term. Ideal candidates are able to commit to three days a week and 200 hours.
  • Must be skilled in Adobe Creative Suites software, able to operate within Microsoft Office systems and have good hand skills including the ability to draw, use rulers, use Exacto knives, etc.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds, climb up a 6-foot ladder, and be able to maneuver into tight areas

Creative Services – Illustration

Job Description:

The selected Creative Services – Illustration intern(s) assist the Marketing Department with digital and hand-drawn illustrations of aquatic life—animals and environmental—to fulfill the needs of various Aquarium departments.

Essential Functions:

  • Illustrate realistic and stylized images to add to our library
  • Illustrate images for specific project-based fulfillment
  • Respond to client requests in a timely manner
  • Assist with administrative tasks, mailings, etc.
  • Join the Creative Services team for meetings and special events
  • Complete special projects as assigned  

Requirements:

  • Must have a diverse portfolio showing realistic and stylized illustrations
  • Ability to illustrate by hand and digitally
  • Must have working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite CS6
  • Must be able to operate within Microsoft Office systems
  • Must be proficient with the Macintosh platform
  • Must be self-motivated and possess sharp attention to detail, the ability to work independently or as part of a team, a flexible and creative personality, and the ability to manage multiple projects
  • Must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work within the selected term
  • Preference is given to juniors and seniors.
  • Open to undergraduate students pursuing a degree in photography, graphic design, illustration or a related field from an accredited college or university

Creative Services - Photo Editing

Job Description:

The selected Creative Services – Photo Editing intern(s) assist the Marketing Department by collecting, editing, organizing and archiving images for the Aquarium’s photo library.

Essential Functions:

  • Review photos for image quality as well as composition quality
  • Adjust, crop, color correct and resize images as needed
  • Assist with image searches from the Aquarium’s internal collection as well as from stock photography resources
  • Assist with organizing and key-wording images for the Aquarium’s photo library
  • Respond to client requests in a timely manner
  • Assist with administrative tasks, mailings, etc.
  • Join the Creative Services team for meetings and special events
  • Complete special projects as assigned

Requirements:

  • Must have working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Bridge CS6.
  • Must be able to operate within Microsoft Office systems.
  • Must be proficient with the Macintosh platform.
  • Must be self-motivated and have sharp attention to detail, ability to work independently or as part of a team, flexible personality, creativity and the ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work within the selected term.
  • Preference is given to juniors and seniors.
  • Open to undergraduate students pursuing a degree in photography, graphic design or related field from an accredited college or university.

Creative Services - Print and Digital Graphic Design

Job Description:

Creative Services – Graphic Design intern(s) assist the Marketing Department with the design and execution of a range of printed Aquarium materials.

Essential Functions:

  • Execute the design of print publications, including ads, coupons, flyers, newsletters, etc.
  • Assist in concept development and arrive at creative solutions that meet the Aquarium’s brand standards and guidelines
  • Respond to general daily client requests—such as locating and resizing images—in a timely manner
  • Gather pricing and prepare files for print
  • Assist with administrative tasks, mailings, etc.
  • Provide help with the Aquarium’s sample archive and with key-wording images
  • Join the Creative Services team for meetings and special events
  • Complete special projects as assigned

Requirements:

  • Must have working knowledge of Photoshop CS6, Illustrator CS6, and InDesign CS6.
  • Must be able to operate within Microsoft Office systems.
  • Must be proficient with the Macintosh platform.
  • Must be self-motivated and have sharp attention to detail, ability to work independently or as part of a team, flexible personality, sense of humor, creativity, and the ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work within the selected term.
  • Preference is given to juniors and seniors.
  • Open to undergraduate students pursuing a degree in graphic design or a related field from an accredited college or university.

Creative Services - Visual Productions

Visual Productions interns provide assistance to the Aquarium's Visual Productions staff.

Essential Functions

Visual Productions interns:

  • Assist in maintaining the organization of the National Aquarium’s video library
  • Assist in the transfer of archived videos to DVD
  • Assist with the editing of projects in Final Cut Pro 5 by logging and digitizing footage
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • Must be a college sophomore, junior, or senior pursuing a degree in film, television, or a related field
  • Must have basic knowledge of non-linear editing software
  • Must be able to operate within Microsoft Office systems
  • Must be able to climb stairs and lift up to 50 pounds
  • Must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work within the selected term.

Life Sciences & Education - Animal Care Center

Animal Care Center interns assist the Animal Care Center's aquarist and herpetology staff with daily care of invertebrates, fish, and reptiles. This position is off-site from the main Aquarium building.

Essential Functions

  • Assist with tank maintenance and cleaning
  • Prepare daily diets and perform daily feedings
  • Assist in the maintenance of work areas
  • Assist in the maintenance of live food cultures
  • Assist with quarantine protocols and procedures
  • Mist, clean, and otherwise help tend to the reptiles
  • Change exhibit water and clean filters to maintain stringent water quality standards
  • Conduct precise record keeping
  • Perform special projects, to be determined by staff
  • Observe medical procedures on collection animals.

Requirements

  • Must be enrolled in an accredited college, pursuing a degree in biology, zoology, ecology, environmental science, or a related field
  • Must be comfortable working with a wide variety of animals
  • Must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work within the selected term
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds, climb up a 6-foot ladder, and be able to maneuver into tight areas.

Life Sciences & Education - Animal Programs

Animal Programs interns assist the Animal Programs staff with the daily care and behavior management of the Aquarium's education animals. Some knowledge of animal training and environmental enrichment is recommended. Juniors or seniors are preferred.

Essential Functions

  • Assist with general husbandry and care of education birds and reptiles
  • Assist with maintenance and cleaning of enclosures and backup areas
  • Prepare daily diets and perform feedings
  • Assist in educational demonstrations and animal encounters for the public
  • Conduct precise record keeping
  • Perform special projects dealing with animal behavior modification and environmental enrichment, to be determined by staff.

Requirements

  • Must be enrolled in an accredited college, pursuing a degree in animal behavior, psychology, biology, ecology, zoology, environmental science, or a related field. College juniors or seniors with some knowledge of animal training and enrichment are preferred
  • Must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work within the selected term
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds, climb up a 6-foot ladder, and walk or crawl across a 15-foot-long by 12-inch-wide platform.
  • Must be able to take direction, adhere to a schedule, and follow established rules, guidelines, and safety procedures

Life Sciences & Education – Aquarist

Aquarist interns assist the Aquarist department with daily care of the Aquarium's invertebrates and fish.

Essential Functions

  • Assist with tank maintenance and cleaning
  • Prepare daily diets and perform daily feedings
  • Assist in the maintenance of backup areas
  • Conduct precise record keeping
  • Perform special projects, to be determined by staff.

Requirements

  • Must be a college junior or senior enrolled in an accredited college, pursuing a degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, or a related field
  • Must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work within the selected term, preferably during the week
  • Are available in the morning (8 a.m.-12 p.m.) or all day (8 a.m.-4 p.m.)
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds, climb up a 6-foot ladder, and walk or crawl across a 15-foot-long by 12-inch-wide platform.

Life Sciences & Education – Aviculture

Aviculture interns assist the Aviculture staff with daily care of the National Aquarium's birds.

Essential Functions

  • Assist with and perform diet preparation and distribution
  • Conduct animal observations
  • Assist in the cleaning of holding areas, kitchen, and food prep areas
  • Provide enrichment to the aviculture collection
  • Perform special projects to be determined by staff.

Requirements

  • Must have an interest in birds
  • Must be enrolled in an accredited college, pursuing a degree in biology, zoology, animal behavior, ecology, environmental science, or a related field
  • Must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work within the selected term.

Life Sciences & Education – Education

Education interns assist the Visitor Experience and Education staff in the creation, revision, and instruction of school programs, outreach programs, visitor programs, and other education programs. The selected candidate will work with an enthusiastic team of educators and a variety of audiences, and will learn different teaching methods in different settings.

Essential Functions

  • Create, revise, and instruct formal onsite and outreach programs, both classroom and auditorium style
  • Engage the Aquarium’s visitors at exhibits and interpretational carts, and deliver presentations
  • Work with the Aquarium’s high school work-based learning program, Aquarium on Wheels
  • Participate in Immersion Tour programming, including sleepovers and other tours
  • Assist with administrative work as needed
  • Develop an educational project for use in the department
  • Complete special projects and duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • Must be enrolled in an accredited college, pursuing a degree in education, science, or a related field
  • Must be interested in informal education, public speaking, and customer service
  • Must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work within the selected term.

Life Sciences & Education – Herpetology

Herpetology interns assist the Herpetology department with daily care of the Aquarium's reptiles, amphibians, and associated invertebrates.

Essential Functions

  • Prepare diets for and feed the on- and off-exhibit reptiles and amphibians
  • Mist, clean, and otherwise help tend the on- and off-exhibit reptiles and amphibians
  • Change exhibit water and clean filters in order to maintain the highest water quality possible for the animals
  • Tend the locust (live food) colony, orb-weaving spiders, and colonies of non-venomous exotic arthropods (wood and hissing roaches, millipedes, and walking sticks)
  • Assist in the maintenance of the live food cultures (fruit flies, springtails, crickets, rats, mice)
  • Conduct and record animal observations
  • Perform special projects as determined by the Herpetology staff
  • Observe medical procedures on collection animals.

Requirements

  • Must be enrolled in an accredited college, pursing a degree in biology, zoology, animal behavior, ecology, environmental science, or a related field.
  • Must be comfortable working with frogs, lizards, fish, rodents, crickets, and other terrestrial arthropods.
  • Must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work within the selected term.

Life Sciences & Education – Horticulture

Horticulture interns assist the Aquarium horticulture staff with daily activities.

Essential Functions

  • Assist with care of plants in the Aquarium’s exhibits
  • Conduct plant maintenance, fertilization, propagation, and transplantation
  • Assist in display development
  • Perform special projects to be determined by the horticulture staff

Requirements

  • The applicant must have a desire to increase their knowledge about plants and horticulture.
  • The applicant will be required to work hands on in a hot, humid greenhouse environment.
  • The applicant must not have issues related to getting dirty or wet while working with the plants.
  • The applicant must be enrolled in an accredited college, pursuing a degree in Horticulture, Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, or a related field.
  • Must receive college credit while completing a minimum of 120 hours of work within the selected term.

Life Sciences & Education - Marine Mammal

The selected candidate is responsible for providing support to the marine mammal specialists. This internship's primary purpose is to learn about marine mammal care, conservation, research, and training. There is limited hands-on animal contact during the internship.

Essential Functions

  • Prepares daily animal diets as instructed.
  • Responsible for the cleanliness and safety of all animal backup areas.
  • Observes and may assist in enrichment, husbandry, and medical sessions.
  • Participates in pre-session preparations.
  • At the completion of the program, the intern will submit a 3–5-page paper regarding either 1) an ongoing project with which the intern has assisted in the Marine Mammal Department, or 2) a new topic or area of interest to the intern in relation to the marine mammal field.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • College junior or senior majoring in life science, psychology, or related field preferred.
  • Must have a basic understanding of marine mammal natural history.
  • Must have good swimming skills and be able to lift 50 pounds.
  • Must work well as a team member.
  • Summer and winter terms require 40 hours per week of work for three weeks. Spring and fall terms require eight hours per day, one day per week of work.
  • Must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work within the selected term, eight hours per day, one day per week.

Application Deadlines

  • November 1 for winter and spring term
  • March 1 for summer term
  • May 1 for fall term

Life Sciences & Education - National Aquarium Animal Rescue

National Aquarium Animal Rescue interns assist in the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of stranded marine animals and sea turtles, as well as in outreach efforts of National Aquarium Animal Rescue. This internship is only offered for fall and spring terms.

Essential Functions

  • Animal care: Participate in rescue and release trips, daily feeding, medical treatments, facility maintenance including cleaning and water changes, behavioral observations, and record keeping
  • Outreach: Interpret the National Aquarium Animal Rescue artifacts and conservation messages, and participate in seasonal outreach and public education programs both at the Aquarium and off-site
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • Are college juniors or seniors majoring in environmental science or a related field, with course work in biology and ecology
  • Must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work within the selected term, eight hours per day, one day per week.

Application Deadlines

This position is NOT available for the winter or summer terms.

  • November 1 for spring term
  • May 1 for fall term

Marketing - Advertising and Promotions

Job Description:

The selected Advertising and Promotions intern(s) assist the Marketing Department with the development, communication and implementation of promotions and strategic advertising. Intern(s) also assist in market research; media sponsorship, promotional events, exhibit and program launches, sponsorship fulfillment, and special projects as assigned.

Essential Functions:

  • Assist in developing strategic plans for advertising and promotions to offset projected or actual downturns in general admissions
  • Assists in planning promotional events
  • Research prospective partners that include non-profit organizations, local, and national businesses
  • Market and industry research
  • Assist with all marketing-based aspects of new exhibits, programs and special events, including opening events, consumer promotions, advertising and promotional campaigns, media sponsorships, giveaways, etc.
  • Coordinate and assist in integrated communications for promotional programs with creative services, media relations, digital marketing, and other departments as assigned
  • Assists with day-to-day advertising and promotion duties

Requirements:

  • Must be able to operate within Microsoft Office systems including Excel, Word, PowerPoint.
  • Must be energetic, organized, possess strong verbal skills and have sharp attention to detail.
  • Must be self-motivated, team player but able to work independently, friendly, sense of humor, creative, and the ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work within the selected term.
  • Occasional weekends required.
  • Preference is given to juniors and seniors.
  • Open to undergraduate students pursuing a degree in marketing, communications, public relations, development or a related field from an accredited college or university.

Marketing - Community Affairs

Job Description:

The selected Community Affairs intern(s) serve as Aquarium ambassadors, supporting the Marketing Department in the areas of special events and community programs in an effort to strengthen the Aquarium’s connection with the Maryland community.

Essential Functions:

  • Assist in development of ideas for programming to generate community awareness of the Aquarium’s educational and cultural programs
  • Attend community events to promote Aquarium programs and events
  • Assist with planning and facilitation of special events
  • Respond to community inquiries through phone and/or written correspondence
  • Track external requests for Aquarium donations and provide accurate tracking and monthly reporting of donations
  • Assist with the design of collateral for community meetings, conferences, and internal and external events
  • Provide database management support, including data entry and generating reports
  • Handle mass mailings to community leaders and special groups
  • Provide correspondence with the local community about community programs and events 

Requirements:

  • Must be able to operate within Microsoft Office systems.
  • Familiarity with the Baltimore/Maryland community a plus
  • Must be self-motivated and have sharp attention to detail, ability to work independently or as part of a team, flexible personality, sense of humor, creativity, and the ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work within the selected term.
  • Occasional evenings and weekends required.
  • Preference is given to juniors and seniors.
  • Open to undergraduate students pursuing a degree in English, sociology, marketing, public relations, communications, urban development, business or a related field from an accredited college or university.

Marketing – Development

Development interns assist the Aquarium Development and Membership departments with daily activities. As a support staff person, this individual will assist in the areas of annual programs, corporate memberships, individual memberships, major gifts, corporations and foundations, and development services. Candidate should be creative, energetic, organized, and possess strong writing skills, as well as knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.

Essential Functions

  • Assist with the fulfillment and promotion of Aquarium memberships
  • Assist with the planning and facilitation of promotions and special events
  • Conduct research, gather information on similar institutions, companies, individuals, and foundations, or speakers for the Aquarium lecture series
  • Assist grant writers with researching foundations, calling funders to obtain grant application guidelines and funding priorities, as well as prioritizing grant prospects
  • Coordinate and assemble mailings for corporate membership promotional materials
  • Create customer satisfaction surveys for corporate and individual memberships
  • Provide database management support including database entry
  • Respond to corporate and individual member inquiries through telephone and/or written correspondence
  • Perform special projects to be determined by the development and membership staff and other duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • Must be enrolled in an accredited college, pursuing a degree in marketing, communication, public relations, development, or a related field
  • Must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work within the selected term.

Marketing - Digital Marketing/Web Development

Essential Functions

  • Assist with website maintenance
  • Complete calendar updates
  • Assist with various aspects of email marketing, including research, design and editing
  • Responding to daily requests from partner departments
  • Join the Digital Marketing team for meetings and special events
  • Complete special projects as assigned, including, but not limited to market research, best practices and carrying out specific scopes of work

Requirements

  • Basic image editing skills in Photoshop
  • Must be able to understand and hand-code basic HTML
  • Experience with web content management systems
  • Must be able to operate within Microsoft Office systems
  • Must have refined, professional communication skills
  • Must be self-motivated and have sharp attention to detail, ability to work independently or as part of a team, flexible personality, sense of humor, creativity, and the ability to manage multiple projects
  • Must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work within the selected term
  • Preference is given to juniors and seniors
  • Open to undergraduate students pursuing a degree in marketing, communications or a related field from an accredited college or university

Marketing - Government Affairs

Government Affairs interns will serve as support staff for the Government Affairs department, with additional responsibilities for the Aquarium’s Deputy Director of External Affairs. This individual should be creative, energetic, organized, and have an interest in government affairs at the State and Local levels. This position will have duties in two departments that include both government affairs functions and donor cultivation functions.

Essential Functions

  • Research and draft memorandum and briefing materials to Senior Staff and Policymakers on specific issues
  • Attend hearings of state/local government and lobbying visits with Government Affairs Representative
  • Planning and preparation for meet and greet functions and special tours
  • Special Event planning and staffing
  • Prepare materials for varied audiences
  • Assist with VIP research and researches background information on key issues
  • Research and update mailing lists and data files
  • Provide correspondence with the local community about community programs and events
  • Provides database management support including database entry
  • Assist with screening donation requests
  • Draft articles and press releases for newsletters
  • Assist in designing gift and leave behinds packages for various events
  • Assist with mass mailings
  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements

  • At least two years of Undergraduate Academic work towards a degree in any of the following: Public Administration, Political Science, Journalism, English, Sociology, Marketing, Public Relations, Communications, Urban Development, Business, or a related field.
  • Completion of undergraduate degree and work towards advanced degree will also be considered.
  • Computer skills are necessary.
  • Creative skills and/or talents are welcomed.
  • Commitment to work at least 10 hours per week.

Marketing - Public Relations/Social Media

Job Description:

The selected Public Relations and Social Media intern(s) assist the Marketing Department with public relations and social media communications.

Essential Functions:

  • Assist with writing, proofreading and distributing press materials (i.e. press releases, calendar listings, media advisories, fact sheets, etc.)
  • Assist with the coordination of media visits to the Aquarium (i.e. escorting film crews, arranging staff interviews, managing photo shoots, etc.)
  • Assist with content creation for social media (i.e. blog posts, photos of new animals/exhibits)
  • Fulfill media requests for press kits, photos and information
  • Assist with planning and facilitation of special events
  • Research, as necessary
  • Assist with the maintenance of media archives and clippings
  • Join the Media Relations team for meetings and special events
  • Complete special projects as assigned

Requirements:

  • Must be able to present writing samples and references.
  • Must have strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Must be able to operate within Microsoft Office systems.
  • Must be self-motivated and have sharp attention to detail, ability to work independently or as part of a team, flexible personality, sense of humor, creativity, and the ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work within the selected term.
  • Preference is given to those with social media/PR experience for an organization
  • Preference is given to juniors and seniors.
  • Open to undergraduate students pursuing a degree in public relations, communications, English or a related field from an accredited college or university.

Marketing – Sales

Job Description:

The selected Sales intern(s) assist the Marketing Department with the packaging, programming and execution of group sales.

Essential Functions:

  • Assist in department development of ideas for packaging and Scout programming to generate group sales
  • Attend scouting, tourism and other events to promote Aquarium programs
  • Create customer satisfaction/facility surveys for tour operators
  • Respond to sales inquiries through telephone and/or written correspondence
  • Conduct research to compare Aquarium attendance, pricing and product offerings to those of other similar institutions
  • Assist with the design of collateral for packaging and sales brochures/flyers
  • Provide database management support including data entry and generating reports
  • Coordinate materials for mass mailings to tour operators and group leaders

Requirements:

  • Must be able to operate within Microsoft Office systems.
  • Must be energetic, organized and possess strong verbal skills
  • Must be self-motivated and have sharp attention to detail, ability to work independently or as part of a team, flexible personality, creativity and the ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work within the selected term. Occasional weekends required. 
  • Preference is given to juniors and seniors.
  • Open to undergraduate students pursuing a degree in marketing, public relations, development or a related field from an accredited college or university.

Visitor Programs – Evaluation

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.

Requirements:

  • 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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Application Deadlines

All applicants will be notified approximately four to six weeks after the deadline.

How to Apply

Seven steps to follow

  1. Complete the online internship application:
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  3. Provide brief responses to the three statements listed in the online Internship Application. 
  4. Upload a resume with two references listed.
  5. Upload proof of credit and credit amount OR proof of a transcript notation awarded upon successful completion of an internship. This proof of credit OR proof of a transcript notation must be printed on college letterhead and must be signed by your Academic Advisor. (We require proof [sign off] that your college will formally acknowledge your internship experience upon you being successfully selected and completing your internship. Please speak with your college about your credit OR transcript notation options.)
  6. Upload a copy of your transcript. It does not have to be an official copy.
  7. Check the full position description for any additional requirements. (For example, some positions require a writing sample.) Upload the document in the “Other Supporting Documents” section if needed.
  8. Submit your completed online Internship Application.

    Frequently Asked Questions

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    1. Do I really have to receive college credit OR a transcript notation for my internship in order to participate in the program?

    Yes, credit OR a transcript notation is your compensation for your work, and having your college acknowledge the internship gives your experience even more value. Most colleges give credit for internships but some colleges will allow you to have a transcript notation for the internship experience. Upon submitting your application, we require proof (sign off) that your college will acknowledge your internship experience upon you being successfully selected and completing your internship. Please speak with your college about your credit OR transcript notation options.

    2. How many credits do I have to receive?

    Each college has different requirements and ways of granting credits. As long as you receive at least one credit, you fulfill the requirement.

    3. Can I work more than 120 hours?

    The requirement is to work a minimum of 120 hours. You can work additional hours as long as they are not preventing another intern from participating, there is work to be done, and there is someone available to supervise you.

    4. Can I apply for more than one internship position?

    You may apply for no more than 2 internship positions per application deadline. If you are accepted for both positions, you may participate in both if you are able to complete all of the requirements of both positions individually. If you are not able to complete all of the requirements for both positions individually, you must decline one of the positions.

    5. What dates are included in each term?

    Since each college has a different schedule, we are flexible in defining our terms. The dates of your internship will be determined by your availability and your supervisor's schedule during your interview. The terms are loosely defined as:

    • Winter term - Late December through early February
    • Spring term - January through May
    • Summer term - May through September
    • Fall term - September through December

    6. What hours will I work?

    Schedules are flexible. Animal care staff work weekends in addition to during the week. Most animal care staff work from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. while other positions are generally Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Some interns work 40 hours per week for 3 weeks to complete their hours while others work 8 hours 1-2 days per week for a longer period of time. Your exact hours vary according to the time of year, your supervisor's schedule, and the work that needs to be completed. Your hours will be determined during your interview or upon acceptance.

    7. Is parking included?

    Yes. The Aquarium validates parking in designated garages for unpaid staff including volunteers and interns. More information will be given to accepted interns regarding parking.

    8. Is housing included?

    No. Many interns rent a room from one of our staff or make use of the many short term housing options available in the area.

    9. Can I send my application in early for the next application deadline?

    You may send your application in anytime before the application deadline. Make sure not to send your application too soon since you want it to be as up to date as possible.

    10. Will late applications be accepted?

    No. Complete applications that are postmarked by the deadline or faxed by 11:59 p.m. on the date of the deadline will be accepted. Late applications will not be accepted.

    11. I am in high school, are there internship opportunities available for me?

    Although you cannot participate in the College Internship Program there are other programs available for high school students. One such program is the Student Summer Program which is run by our Volunteer Office. For more information click here or call our Volunteer Office at 410-576-3886.

    12. I just graduated college. Are there internship opportunities for me?

    Yes. We have had many recent graduates successfully apply for an internship by receiving non-degree-seeking credit from their college. Another option is to become a volunteer. Click here for more information on the Aquarium's Volunteer Program. Paid positions are listed on the Aquarium's employment page.

    13. I am a graduate student; can I participate in the internship program?

    Yes. Although many of our internship positions are tailored to undergraduate students, we do have many graduate students who participate in the program. The same requirements apply to graduate students including receipt of credit.

    14. I am an international student; may I participate in the internship program?

    Yes. International students are encouraged to apply, but the Aquarium cannot sponsor any visas.

    15. Some internship descriptions say that juniors and seniors are preferred, should I still apply if I am an underclassman?

    We do not mean that underclassmen will not be accepted, but juniors and seniors are usually more qualified. A junior or senior applicant has had more classes specific to their major that they are able to apply to their work as an intern. Many colleges do not allow students to participate in an internship experience until they have a minimum of 60 credit hours. Make sure your college will allow you to apply as an underclassman.

    16. Will I get to swim with the dolphins?

    No. Only experienced marine mammal trainers who have spent months or years working on their relationships with these large, powerful animals are able to enter the water with the dolphins.

    17. What are the benefits of completing an internship?

    An internship gives you an opportunity to gain experience towards your future career. You need experience to make you the most qualified for a job. In a recent survey the Aquarium had 23 paid staff who are former interns, and that number does not even come close to the number of former interns who are staff at other Aquariums and related facilities.

    18. Can I volunteer before or after my internship?

    Yes. You can start your experience at the Aquarium as a volunteer and/or stay involved as a volunteer after your internship has been completed. Click here for more information on the Volunteer Program. 

    Questions?

    Email intern@aqua.org or call 410-576-3875.

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