National Aquarium - Internships

Internships

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.

Open Internship(s)

Animal Welfare – Marine Mammals

Job Description:

The selected candidate is responsible for behavioral observations on our dolphin colony. This internship's primary purpose is to gather data on our dolphins that our marine mammal and animal health staff can utilize to continue to provide the best possible animal welfare for our Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins. Throughout the program, the candidate will have the opportunity to learn about dolphin behavior, social structure, and natural history from our team of experts. There is limited hands-on animal contact during the internship.

Application Due Date:

All applications must be submitted by August 31, 2018

Requirements:

  • Candidates must have good swimming skills.
  • Ideal candidate should be comfortable in small spaces, able to sit for long periods of time, able to use a ladder, and prepared to work in wet or slippery conditions.
  • Must work well as a team member.
  • Computer skills with Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word, as well as a working knowledge of tablet or camera recording usage is preferred.
  • Terms require 24 hours per week of work for 5 weeks. Terms require 8 hours per day, three days per week of work.
  • Must receive college credit while completing a minimum of 120 hours of work within the selected term.
  • A complete application includes contact information, answers to brief statements listed, letter of recommendation, resume with two references listed, and a copy of college transcript.

Essential Functions:

  • Record behavioral observations on our dolphin colony over the course of repeated, multi-hour sessions.
  • Complete charts or graphs based on observations for medically complex animals.
  • Complete computer Animal Welfare Trak program weekly, alongside marine mammal trainer.
  • At the completion of the program, the intern will give a 20-minute presentation based on the information they learned and what they participated in over the course of the internship.
  • Other duties as assigned.

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Life Sciences & Education – Marine Mammal (3 Week)

Job Description:

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.

Application Due Date:

All applications must be submitted by August 31, 2018

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 training sessions.
  • Participates in pre-session preparations.
  • At the completion of the program, the intern will present a power point to training staff 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.
  • Complete assigned readings and exercises in a timely manner.
  • 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 for 15 weeks.
  • Must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work within the selected term, eight hours per day.

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Life Sciences & Education – Marine Mammal (Full-time 12 Week)

Job Description:

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. Interns must have a flexible schedule and work 5 days a week for 12 weeks, including holidays and weekends.

Application Due Date:

All applications must be submitted by August 31, 2018

Essential Functions:

  • Prepare daily animal diets as instructed
  • Responsible for the cleanliness and safety of all animal backup areas
  • Observe and assist in enrichment, husbandry and training sessions
  • Participate in pre-session preparations
  • Perform behavioral observations of the colony
  • Maintain accurate records
  • Learn and deliver narrations for public training sessions
  • Attend educational lectures from other departments
  • Design, implement and present findings from a long-term research project focusing on topic or area of interest to the intern in relation to the marine mammal field
  • Assist staff in day-to-day duties
  • Complete assigned readings and exercises in a timely manner

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 both individually and as a team member
  • Must receive college credit and applicant is responsible for coordinating with school
  • Must be available for 12 consecutive weeks including weekends and holidays
  • Preference will be given to interns demonstrating intent to pursue a career in marine mammal training

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