Student Internships at The Maritime Aquarium
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.
- 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.
Follow the instructions on the form to submit an application. Incomplete applications and packets will not be considered.
Applications will be accepted until January 5th for our spring internship beginning on March 18th.
Individuals are required to complete a minimum of 16 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks, and the completion of an original project. These are not paid positions.
The Maritime Aquarium houses many species of fishes, invertebrates, frogs, and reptiles, from the Long Island Sound and beyond. Our aquarists work daily to provide the best husbandry for the animals in their care. From routine exhibit cleaning and feeding, to water quality testing and health examinations, our staff completes a wide variety of tasks as a part of their jobs every day.
An aquarist internship at the Maritime Aquarium is designed to be a learning experience for any college student, or recent graduate who is interested in exploring a career in aquatic animal husbandry. During the internship, individuals will learn how to maintain aquarium exhibits, prepare diets, complete water quality tests, and keep records, as well as be introduced to aquatic animal health assessments, quarantine procedures, and aquarium system design. Those who have completed an internship with the Maritime Aquarium have gone on to careers here as well as other AZA-affiliated zoos and aquariums.
If you have a love for animals, an enthusiastic attitude, and a willingness to learn, please consider applying for an internship in one of our galleries! We are offering internships specializing in Jellies, Tropical Fish and Invertebrates, Cold Water Fish and Invertebrates, Frogs and Reptiles, and Hospital and Quarantine, for a total of 5 positions.
Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate:
- Some background knowledge in aquarium keeping preferred, although not required.
- Ability to lift and carry 65 pounds.
- Ability to negotiate stairs and maneuver on wet and uneven terrain.
- Demonstrates strong written and oral communication skills, and the ability to effectively communicate with both staff and guests.
- Desire to learn and demonstrate our mission: To inspire people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment.
- Demonstrate high level of enthusiasm and willingness to learn.
- Must be at least 18 years of age.
- Minimum time requirement of at least 16 hours a week over a 10 week period or more.
- Upon hire, purchase at least one aquarium uniform shirt, starting at $17.95.
- Must be currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from, a 2 or 4 year program studying biology, zoology, aquarium science, or a related field.
- Be dependable and punctual at all times.
- Attend educational sessions designed to increase interpretation of everyday husbandry tasks.
- Complete an original project over the course of the internship.
To apply, please submit a completed application (see PDF below), along with a cover letter, resume, and list of references to Jim Dauterman at email@example.com. Applications will be accepted until January 5th for our spring internship. Qualified applicants will be contacted via email to coordinate a skype, or in-person interview. Applicants will be selected after the interview process based on general knowledge, experience, attitude, punctuality, and by recommendation. Although not a guarantee, it is possible for college students to receive course credit or fulfill major requirements through their experience, provided they have completed the requirements for their college or program. High school students are encouraged to apply for the Volunteer Gallery Ambassador program.