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Internships

Our coveted internship program reflects our mission to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education and research. Internships are available fall, spring and summer in most departments, allowing students of all ages to experience the unique character of the Aquarium and enhance their personal and professional development.

Each semester is approximately 16 weeks long. The spring semester runs from January to May, summer from May to August and fall from September to December. Exact start and end dates may be flexible as determined by the departmental needs and interns’ schedule.

A $750 administration fee will be assessed at the time of acceptance. 

The Foxwoods Marine Theater staff feed, train and care for the Aquarium’s California sea lions. The staff also performs during daily presentations educating the public about the species.

Interns must have a flexible schedule and be able to work five days per week.

Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds
  • Expected to pass swim test including:
    • 200 meter continuous swim in less than six minutes
    • Tread water for 10 minutes or two minutes without hands
    • Swim pool length underwater (50 foot minimum)
    • Tired swimmer tow pool length (50 foot minimum)
    • Surface dive for 10 pound weight retrieval to pool depth

Duties:

  • Assist staff with preparing diets for California sea lions
  • Clean and maintain exhibits and back-up areas
  • Assist with environmental enrichment for California sea lions
  • Record keeping
  • Assist with public presentations
  • Assist with the training of husbandry/show behaviors
  • Assist husbandry staff and veterinary staff with medical procedures

The Development Department is seeking a motivated individual to work alongside the team in its efforts to fundraise for the nonprofit organization. The department is responsible for pursuing grants, donations and major gifts, as well as organizing special events and managing the donor database.

Schedule is flexible within Monday-Friday normal operating hours.

Requirements:

  • Ideal candidate will be pursuing a course of study in nonprofit management or event logistics
  • Have strong communications skills
  • Creativity, attention to detail and the ability to interact professionally with donors, the general public and staff are all critical

Duties:

  • Assist with special event coordination, cultivation efforts, logistical coordination of VIP visits and administrative tasks
  • Others as assigned by supervisor

Interns will learn to assist the Dive Safety Officer (DSO) run daily dive operations. Interns will be trained to provide daily support to the staff and volunteer divers both above and below the water. Through hands-on training our intern will become competent in the care and maintenance of our dive equipment and will gain experience about maintaining aquarium exhibits.

This internship is geared towards those interested in Aquarium Husbandry and running a Dive Safety Program through an Aquarium, University or Research facility.

Requirements:

  • Must be dependable
  • Must have excellent communication skills
  • Must be able to regularly lift at least 50 pounds
  • Must be comfortable speaking with the public in formal and informal settings
  • Preferred Divemaster SCUBA Certified or above (AI, Instructor etc.)
  • At least 50 logged dives in varying conditionsCPR/AED/O2 certification preferred
  • Expected to pass a physical, SCUBA skill assessment and swim test including:
    • 200 meter continuous swim in less than six minutes
    • 300 meter continuous mask, fin, snorkel swim
    • Tread water for 10 minutes or two minutes without hands
    • Swim ½ pool length underwater (50 foot minimum)
    • Tired swimmer tow ½ pool length (50 foot minimum)
    • Surface dive for 10 pound weight retrieval to pool depth

Learning opportunities for interns include increased knowledge of marine science topics, marine conservation issues, curriculum design, activity development and implementation, teaching, and classroom management skills.

These are unpaid positions with flexible schedules based on the candidate’s availability and may be completed for college credit based on the college’s guidelines. Positions available include working with early childhood, school, summer camp or public conservation programs

Requirements:

  • Must be reliable
  • Must have excellent communication skills
  • Must enjoy working with people of all ages
  • Must be able to succeed in a team environment

Duties:

  • Assist Aquarium teachers in teaching classroom and field programs for students of all ages
  • Travel with Aquarium teachers to present outreach programs at local schools
  • Present public programs within the Aquarium
  • Assist with the design and preparation of class materials
  • Whenever possible, teach portions of Aquarium classes

The Department of Fish and Invertebrates is responsible for system maintenance on exhibit and holding systems, animal feeds and maintaining clean work areas. This is accomplished through daily maintenance of systems, detailed analysis of specimens and careful data recording.

Interns must have a flexible schedule and work five days per week.

Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds
  • Expected to pass swim test including:
    • 100 yard swim in less than five minutes
    • Tread water for 10 minutes or two minutes without hands
    • Deploy life safety/flotation device

Duties:

  • Food preparation
  • Feeding of the fish and invertebrate collection
  • Maintenance of aquariums (algae scrubbing, water changes, water monitoring, filter maintenance, H2O chemical analysis, etc.) under aquarist supervision
  • Cleaning back-up areas and equipment
  • Exhibit plumbing and life support operation
  • Daily checks and record keeping

Interns will be working with our colony of African penguins to assist with day-to-day operations. Interns may also be asked to participate in training, media opportunities and in encounter programs.

Penguin interns must have a flexible schedule and work five days a week 7:30am to 4:00pm.

Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds
  • Expected to pass swim test including:
    • 100 yard swim in less than five minutes
    • Tread water for 10 minutes or two minutes without hands
    • Deploy life safety/flotation device

Duties:

  • Assist staff with preparing diets
  • Clean and maintain exhibits and back-up areas
  • Record keeping
  • Feed penguins
  • Assist husbandry staff and veterinarians with medical procedures
  • Assist with the training of husbandry behaviors

Interns will work closely with trainers to assist in day-to-day operations and care for Steller sea lions, harbor seals, Northern fur seals, spotted seal and beluga whales. 

Interns must have a flexible schedule and work five days a week.

Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds
  • Expected to pass swim test including:
    • 100 yard swim in less than five minutes
    • Tread water for 10 minutes or two minutes without hands
    • Deploy life safety/flotation device

Duties:

  • Assist staff with preparing diets for collection animals
  • Clean and maintain exhibits and back-up areas
  • Record keeping
  • Assist with enrichment

Gain hands-on experience in a dynamic environment with guidance from a mentor who is a member of our research staff.

Our research team conducts research in many aspects of marine animal health, husbandry and ecology. This is accomplished through detailed analysis of behavior, specimens, data records and a combination of field, in-house and laboratory-based research projects that focus on animal behavior, ecology, infectious disease, neuro-immunology and physiology.

The internship program reflects our mission “to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education and research.” Internships are available for the fall, spring and summer.

Interns have the opportunity to attend weekly educational seminars, receive feedback from supervisors and work on independent projects to enhance their knowledge and resumes.

Essential Responsibilities:

Here are some of the potential duties for research internships. Please note that duties will vary depending on the intern’s principle focus during the internship. More details can be acquired during the interview process.

  • Videotape, observe, describe and analyze animal behavior
  • Prepare chemical solutions and biological reagents
  • Assist with specimen collection
  • Management of biological specimens
  • Assist with biological assays and experiments
  • Data entry and database management
  • Data analysis, table and graph construction
  • Report writing
Internship Application Deadlines
  • Spring Semester (January-May): September 30
  • Summer Semester  (June-August): January 31
  • Fall Semester (September-December): May 31 
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