"We've taken a few educational boat trips over the years but yours was by far the best all-around experience. The highlight had to be the breadth of sea life we pulled up and investigated, interacted with and, of course, learn about."

– Rockland County, NY, camp director

Fun & Learning

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Sand Tiger Shark Fun Fact

Look closely at the sand tiger sharks in the "Ocean Beyond the Sound" exhibit. Their snout and jaws are covered in tiny holes. These are receptors for the sharks' "sixth sense" – their ability to detect bioelectric fields emitted by other animals (including potential prey).

Student Internships at The Maritime Aquarium

 

General College Internships

Fall 2017 & Spring 2018 Mammal Internships

 


 

General College Internships

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Thinking of a career in marine science? The Maritime Aquarium has year-round internship opportunities for college students.

An internship is a perfect introduction to biology and the challenges of working with live animals in an aquarium. Often, college students can receive course credit, fulfill degree requirements and gain valuable practical experience by working as an Aquarium intern. Maritime Aquarium college interns work with aquarists, educators, volunteers, development staff and marketing staff. Previous interns have gone on to full-time positions at The Maritime Aquarium, Sea World, Mystic Aquarium, Georgia Aquarium, Scripps Institute and other aquariums, as well as careers in related fields, such as veterinary medicine.

High school internships are no longer available. If you are a high school student, please consider joining our Volunteer Gallery Ambassador program or summer teen apprenticeship programs.

Information on our Volunteer Program can be found at the following link: maritimeaquarium.org/volunteer

 

What interns do:

  • Maritime Aquarium college interns work with aquarists, educators, development, and marketing staff.
  • Learn how to care for the Aquarium’s animals. This includes food preparation, feeding, tank maintenance, and more.
  • Learn how to prepare educational materials, contact teachers and schools, and deliver programs.
  • Work on the floor at the seal pool, touch tank, and other exhibits, sharing knowledge of marine animals with visitors of all ages and gaining valuable interpersonal communication experience at the same time.

Qualifications:

  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must be able to lift 60 lbs.
  • Internships may occur at any time during the year, and a minimum of 135 hours.
  • Applicants must have an interest in biology, environmental education, or marketing. Priority is given to students completing an internship for academic credit.
  • Applicants must be capable of handling the entire application process independently.

If an applicant is selected to come in for an interview – that interview is in person. Please plan ahead for winter or spring break availability.

For more information, contact Jdauterman@maritimeaquarium.org

All requested forms and paperwork should be submitted in a single application package. Mail all requested forms and paperwork to: Internships, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk, CT 06854.

 

pdfInternship_Application.pdf

Follow the instructions on the form to submit an application. Incomplete applications and packets will not be considered.

 

•  Mammal Internship

For College Students – Fall 2017 and Spring 2018

The Maritime Aquarium houses harbor seals, North American river otters and slender-tailed meerkats. Training is an important part of daily animal care; allowing us to mentally and physically stimulate our animals on a daily basis. We train our animals for medical-management behaviors such as blood draws, weights, and ultrasounds. We also train behaviors to physically stimulate our animals such as spins, jumps and waves.

IMG 0993.4webThis internship is designed to be a career learning experience and is suited for candidates who are new to the field of marine-mammal training. During your internship, you will learn how to prepare diets, maintain exhibits, provide enrichment & mental stimulation, keep behavioral records, and give public presentations to educate our visitors about marine mammals and environmental conservation.

You also will learn how trainers use principles such as positive reinforcement and shaping to train these animals.

Internships are custom designed to each individual's skill level.

Applicants must be dependable, have excellent written and oral communication skills, be comfortable bending and walking on uneven and wet terrain, and be able to maneuver 50 lbs.  

Interns must be available to work a minimum of 3 days per week for 12 weeks.  4 days is preferred.

The successful candidate shall be flexible with holidays and weekends. 

This internship is open to college students majoring in psychology, biology, marine biology or another related field and who must have completed a minimum of 3 semesters.   Priority will be given to students completing an internship for academic credit.  

Although this internship does not involve feeding or training the animals, interns play an integral role assisting staff during training sessions and presentations, and work in close proximity to the animals. Candidates should have some hands-on animal experience, such as volunteering at an animal shelter or completing internships at other facilities.

Qualified candidates will be asked as part of the interview process to shadow the marine-mammal intern coordinator, and will include giving a two-minute natural history talk on an animal of their choice on exhibit at The Maritime Aquarium.

 

Applications for the fall term (Sept-Dec 2017) and spring term (Jan-May 2018) have rolling admission. 

For more information, contact Jdauterman@maritimeaquarium.org



All requested forms and paperwork should be submitted in a single application package. Mail all requested forms and paperwork to: Internships, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk, CT 06854.

 

Internship Application.pdf



Follow the instructions on the form to submit an application. Incomplete applications and packets will not be considered.