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High School Internships

High School Internships at Mystic Aquarium

  • Open to students in grades 10 -12
  • Sessions take place Tuesdays and Wednesdays from September 27 through November 16, 2022 at 3:00 – 5:30pm
  • Tuition for 8-week program: $750

Mystic Aquarium is pleased to offer another session of our High School Internship Program. This prestigious program will leverage the unique assets of the Aquarium to introduce students to a diversity of careers and career pathways. In this 8-week program specifically designed for students in grades 10 to 12, participants will work and study alongside the amazing professionals who advance our mission to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education and research. Students will be mentored in small groups by our professional staff where they will develop a range of technical and interpersonal workforce skills including communication, collaboration, problem solving, creativity, leadership, and other professional skills that provide an edge for resumes and interviews.

Specific internship highlights include job shadow opportunities with our animal care and conservation specialists, engagement in authentic research projects and educational marine science experiences. Additionally, interns will complete a study project that will fulfill service-learning requirements. This academic enrichment experience will focus on the following areas:

  • Communication skills through interpretation of animal exhibits
  • Public engagement in conservation through the development of a social media project
  • Research and engineering practices through development and design of animal enrichment and exhibits
  • Animal husbandry and invertebrate aquaculture through horseshoe crab conservation research

A minimum number of students are required to run the program.

The internship is sold as an 8-week experience; weeks cannot be sold separately.

Mystic Aquarium has established guidelines to ensure student and educator health safety according to the State of Connecticut and CDC recommendations throughout the dates of the program.

Here’s what students are saying about this exciting learning opportunity! 

In the beginning, I just wanted to do this internship for fun, but I ended up learning about careers and things I could do, such as volunteering. Now that I’ve done this internship, I feel as though I am open to more career pathways, and I am more interested in marine biology.

I really liked everything we did, and I’m glad we did everything!

What was most valuable was getting the hands-on experience, going behind the scenes, and just having fun in the middle of a pandemic. I definitely have a better understanding of the job opportunities in this field.