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Internships at Georgia Aquarium

Looking for invaluable experience, professional connections and unique hands-on learning opportunities? If you are up to the challenge let your imagination go to play and apply to become an intern today! Interns are afforded numerous opportunities to shadow our experts and truly learn and experience the profession they are pursuing. Please note all internships are unpaid and housing/food/travel stipends are not provided.

Available Internships:

Internship Information

  • Interns commit to a regular schedule (20-40 hours per week) in a specific department for a short period of time (3-8 months).
  • If you cannot commit to a regular schedule, we encourage you to apply to be a standard volunteer.
  • Interns receive unlimited admission for themselves and discounted tickets for Guests during their internship.
  • Upon satisfactory completion of their internship interns are also eligible to receive additional benefits such as free admission tickets, animal encounters and more.
  • All internships are unpaid and there are no housing, food or travel stipends provided.
  • Due to the number of applications not all applicants will be contacted.
  • If you are completing an internship for school credit you must obtain an instructor (from your school) to oversee your internship and complete the necessary paperwork before your internship begins.
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Applicant Requirements

  • Age 18 years or older
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Proof of US citizenship, current green card or student/work visa – please note we are unable to sponsor international candidates
  • Ability to attend all training courses and intern at least 20 hours a week on a regular schedule for 3-8 months
  • Submission of resume and contact info for three academic or professional references who applicant has known for at least a year
  • Satisfactory completion of a background check and drug screen
  • Willingness to follow the policies and procedures of Georgia Aquarium
  • Ability to secure housing and transportation during internship on your own
  • Additional requirements for particular internship (listed below)

Due to the number of applications, not all applicants will be contacted.

For questions regarding internships please email intern@georgiaaquarium.org.

Internship Opportunities

Audio/Visual-Multimedia Services

Interns will be immersed in the fundamentals of an Audio Visual Department and its importance to an organization. Interns will learn about daily building activities including turning on/off equipment, general maintenance, equipment trouble shooting, etc. Interns will also shadow team members to learn about and assist with video projects (e.g. shooting, editing, etc.) as well as entering metadata into clips for ingest into CatDv.

Schedule: Flexible – primarily Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm
Minimum Required Hours per Week: 20

Intern Semester Application Deadline Date Semester Dates for Internship
Fall July 18 August – December
Spring March 18 April - July

Additional Application Requirements:

  • Have a general knowledge of audio and video components, i.e., cameras (both still and video), audio mixers, video displays and microphones. Advanced knowledge of any of the above is a plus.
  • Possess moderate to excellent skills with Final Cut Pro, After Effects and Photoshop.
  • Have an interest in video editing and producing.
  • Provide excellent customer service and communication skills.
  • Be able to lift at least 25lbs.
  • Email resume to: peleazer@georgiaaquarium.org or rsheorn@georgiaaquarium.org. Please use your name as the file name of your resume.

Digital Media

Interns will learn how to effectively write content for weekly external e-blasts and e-newsletters, internal newsletters as well as how to be an active member of the Georgia Aquarium website team. Additional opportunities for learning include development and facilitation of social media strategy for multiple campaigns, how to help maintain social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, as well as collect research on future social media initiatives. Experience with basic web editing skills such as HTML, familiarity with photo/video editing practices, and content writing is strongly preferred. Digital Media Interns will learn how to work in an integrated communications setting, for they work closely with Public Relations Interns and actively participate in aquarium events and staff meetings.

Schedule: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Minimum Required Hours per Week: 30

Intern Semester Application Deadline Date Semester Dates for Internship
Fall July 17 August - December
Spring October 31 January - May
Summer March 24 May - August

Additional Application Requirements:

  • Major in public relations, communications, new media, advertising, marketing or related field.
  • Possess excellent written, oral communication and computer skills.
  • Basic knowledge of web editing skills such as HTML is preferred, not required.
  • Email resume to: aschroeder@georgiaaquarium.org

Dive Operations

The goal of our internship is to introduce our interns to as much as possible in the time they spend with us. This is a very dive focused internship. Dive Operations interns will dive in and clean exhibits around the aquarium. They will begin as a scuba diver in the Ocean Voyager and Beluga exhibits and later be trained in Surface Supplied Diving allowing dives in many other exhibits. There will also be opportunities to learn and perform various tasks such as cylinder filling, dive gear maintenance, surface support, various administrative tasks, advanced diver training and more. This internship should be considered exploratory as every day will present different opportunities and challenges. The best candidate will have some mechanical ability, be proficient in Microsoft Office and must be able to carry dive equipment and exit each exhibit unassisted while wearing dive gear. This is an experience-based, unpaid internship.

Schedule: 3-4 days per week on set schedule, typically 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. (special projects may be outside normal hours)
Minimum Required Hours per Week: 25

Intern Semester Application Deadline Date Semester Dates for Internship
Fall July 1 September – December (flexible, minimum 3 months)
Spring November 1 January – April (flexible, minimum 3 months)
Summer March 1 May – August (flexible, minimum 3 months)

Additional Application Requirements:

  • Possess an Open Water Diving certification or higher from an internationally recognized agency.
  • Must have a current record of dives equaling 25 or more and log available.
  • Must have current certifications in First Aid, CPR, AED and Oxygen Provider.
  • Once selected, final acceptance is contingent upon passing a swim/dive evaluation and a dive physical. Physical fees will be waived for interns accepted into the program
  • Email resume to: wgray@georgiaaquarium.org

Event Sales and Services

Interns learn about and assist with the execution of special events ranging from social functions (weddings, bar mitzvahs, etc) to corporate parties and non-profit fundraisers. Interns shadow Events Services staff in all aspects of events including pre-planning and preparing the event space, meeting with catering Captains for day of run-through, on-site management of event timeline, managing event volunteers and event completion/closing functions to gain a full understanding of how the department operates. Individuals will gain hands-on experience in event management from an operations and venue/facility perspective. Event interns will also gain an understanding of administrative duties and assist the Manager of Event Sales and Services and Coordinators in day-to-day office tasks.

Schedule: Varies; evening and weekend work required
Minimum Required Hours per Week: 20

Intern Semester Application Deadline Date Semester Dates for Internship
Summer 2014 March 31 May 19 - August 22
Winter July 18 September 2 - December 5
Spring November 21 January 12 - April 24
Summer 2015 March 20 May 18 - August 21

Additional Application Requirements:

  • Major in event management, hospitality or related field preferred.
  • Possess excellent customer service and communication skills as well as superior attention to detail.
  • Email resume to: jtaylor@georgiaaquarium.org

Exhibits and Graphics

This program offers interns an opportunity to learn from and work side by side with Georgia Aquarium's Exhibits and Graphics team. Interns will shadow team members during the morning routine and assist in the completion of exhibit and graphics projects. Projects interns assist with may consist of cutting vinyl, printing and laminating graphics, installing signage, design and updating flyers, brochures, etc.

Schedule: Varies; Monday-Friday; daytime shifts.
Minimum Required Hours per Week: 20

Intern Semester Application Deadline Date Semester Dates for Internship
Fall August 1 September - December
Spring December 1 January - April
Summer April 1 May - August

Additional Application Requirements:

  • Daily tasks consist of design and up keep of all static IDs, graphics and signage inside and outside of the building.
  • Must be proficient using Adobe Design Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign).
  • Possess a basic knowledge of 3D.
  • This is an experience-based, unpaid internship.
  • Be able to lift at least 25 lbs.
  • Preferred majors: Graphic design, video and/or 3D.
  • Email resume to: asimpkins@georgiaaquarium.org or jharris@georgiaaquarium.org

*Due to the number of applications, not all applicants will be contacted.

Group Sales

S.E.A.L.S. Internship
(See, Experience, Ask, Learn, Sell)

If you’re looking for an immersive experience where you’ll learn the ins and outs of how a sales operation works, this is the internship for you! Group Sales interns will spend an entire week with other Georgia Aquarium departments experiencing our facility before they even begin interning with the Group Sales office. At Georgia Aquarium, we believe the only true way to tell others about Georgia Aquarium and what we have to offer is to fully experience it. After all, how do you sell something you know nothing about? Interns will experience a mix of attending shows, behind the scenes tours, educational programs, special events and animal interactive programs throughout their internship. Group Sales interns assist with and attend sales trade shows, go on customer sales calls and lead customer tours of the Aquarium. Interns also complete various research and data entry projects as well as act as the first point of contact for guest/client inquiries. We are looking for interns with high energy, amazing passion for customer service, great personalities and an insatiable appetite to learn. Only the best of the best for this internship! Upon completion of a satisfactory internship, interns are provided with a personalized letter of recommendation to future employers.

Schedule: 3-5 days per week
Minimum Required Hours per Week: 20

Intern Semester Application Deadline Date Semester Dates for Internship
Fall September 30 Mid August - Mid December
Spring December 15 Mid January - Mid May
Summer May 15 June - Mid August

Additional Application Requirements:

  • Major in business, marketing, hospitality or related field.
  • Possess excellent customer service and communication skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and merging documents.
  • Must have reliable transportation to the Aquarium and off-site events.
  • Resume required. Email resume to: mfranklin@georgiaaquarium.org

Human Resources

Human Resources Interns play an important role in ensuring an engaging human resources experience for our internal guests. The Human Resources Intern position will touch on all areas of the Human Resources Department. During the internship the following duties will be completed on a daily, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis. Some of these tasks will involve direct supervision and assistance from the HR Generalist, HR Benefits Coordinator and/or Vice President of HR.

  • Steps in the recruiting and hiring process, including but not limited to: posting job openings, reviewing resumes, conducting telephone and in-person interviews.
  • The importance of employment law and compliance, confidentiality, proper maintenance of employee files and form management.
  • The interrelationship of Human Resources and Accounting & Finance in the areas of payroll issues related to onboarding and termination.
  • Employee benefit issues related to open enrollment, benefit enrollment and termination, troubleshooting employee benefits issues and the customer service aspect of the benefits oversight.
  • Analyze data and identify potential issues and/or inconsistencies.
  • Data Integrity - Ensure data in HR and Payroll systems are in sync and clean up incorrect data.
  • Maintain a high level of confidentiality in all duties.

Schedule: 3-5 weekdays per week 
Minimum Required Hours per Week: 24

Intern Semester Application Deadline Date Semester Dates for Internship
Fall August 30 September 15 through December 15
Spring November 30 January 12 through May 15
Summer April 30 June 1 through August 31

Additional Application Requirements:

  • Desired year in college: Junior or Senior
  • Desired Majors: Undergraduate study in Business with an emphasis in Human Resources, Communications, Organizational Development or something similar.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office products.
  • Possess excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Must be detailed oriented, accurate and reliable.
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality and interact with all levels within the organization.
  • Email resume to: hrrecruiter@georgiaaquarium.org 

Information Technology

The Information Technology intern will learn how to communicate and provide direct technical assistance and support to Georgia Aquarium staff. After the internship is over, the intern will have the knowledgebase and understanding to fix hardware and software issues within the IT department. Interns will learn how to reimage and replace old CPU/laptops within an organization. Interns will assist with various projects under direct supervision of IT staff so they are exposed to all aspects of the profession. The intern will familiarize themselves with GAI patch managements system as well as deploying software updates. Interns receive hands-on experience with Cisco IP Phone and network access issues (both wired and wireless), network printer support and a host of valuable skills that include providing one-on-one technical assistance as needed/requested, creating SQL queries and learning to use various data mining software, providing minimal training to staff on software and hardware use, determining causes of hardware/software/network malfunctions through evaluation and testing and resolution via modifications, repair, etc.

Schedule: Varies - Monday – Friday; 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Minimum Required Hours per Week: 20

Intern Semester Application Deadline Date Semester Dates for Internship
Spring February 15 March - May
Summer July 1 July - August

Additional Application Requirements:

  • Pursuing a degree in a computer related field.
  • Possess basic knowledge of hardware and software fixes.
  • Possess a general knowledge on TCP/IP, network troubleshooting tools.
  • Email resume to: adongerdive@georgiaaquarium.org.

Life Support Systems

Interns in the Life Support Systems (LSS) Department will learn about the operation, care and upkeep of Georgia Aquarium's 42 aquatic animal exhibits, water and associated filtration systems. Interns will shadow staff as they monitor all phases of aquatic animal water & filtration systems as well as the condition of aquatic animal life support systems equipment. Interns will work with more senior aquarium staff to provide a safe and healthy environment for our diverse aquatic animal collection. The intern will frequently interface with and shadow other Zoological Operations staff including water quality lab technicians, animal care & training staff and other LSS staff regarding water chemistry parameters, filtration equipment adjustments and exhibit or habitat modifications. This is an experience based unpaid internship. There is no academic credit offered for this internship.

Schedule: Three shifts per week (flexible); day shifts (weekdays or weekends available)
Minimum Required Hours per Week: 24

Intern Semester Application Deadline Date Semester Dates for Internship
Fall August 15 September - December
Spring January 15 February - May
Summer April 15 June - August

Additional Application Requirements:

  • Desire to learn critical aquarium keeping skills associated with maintaining a diverse collection of Fish & Invertebrates including sharks, rays and live coral.
  • Desire to learn critical aquarium keeping skills associated with maintaining a diverse collection of marine mammals & birds including dolphins, belugas, penguins and otters.
  • Ability to perform basic tasks, such as making artificial seawater and making minor adjustments that are associated with supporting all live animal exhibits from a water quality, habitat maintenance and filtration equipment operations standpoint.
  • Have a strong desire to learn how to operate and make minor adjustments to aquarium filtration equipment including automated control systems and all types of filtration systems including sand filters and protein skimmers.
  • Ability to learn the use of proper test equipment, including water quality monitoring equipment as well as the ability to learn basic equipment & hand tool operation.
  • Above average computer skills. Proficiency with MS Windows & MS Office products is a must.
  • Be a self-motivated team player.
  • Ability to:
    • Lift and carry 40 lbs.
    • Bend, stoop and kneel for long periods.
  • Resume required. Email resume to: ehall@georgiaaquarium.org

Marketing and Communications

Marketing interns shadow staff to learn how to appropriately respond to marketing calls, voice mails and emails; interns will also support fielding and assessing incoming inquiries into the department. Interns assist with certain aspects of promotions from development to execution. This includes assisting in Georgia Aquarium representation at community events, school internship fairs, expos and other events. Interns will work alongside the Director of Marketing and Promotions and the Marketing and Promotions Specialist to gather event information, prepare for guest enhancement events, schedule volunteers, conduct event follow up and assist at events. Individuals will gain hands-on experience in promotions from an operations perspective.

Schedule: 4 days per week, Monday-Friday (flexible on days) with occasional night and weekend work required
Minimum Required Hours per Week: 30

Intern Semester Application Deadline Date Semester Dates for Internship
Fall July 1 August - December
Spring October 1 January - May
Summer March 1 May - August

Additional Application Requirements:

  • Major in marketing, advertising, hospitality, event management or related field.
  • Possess excellent writing, proofreading and grammar skills.
  • Provide excellent customer service and communication skills as well as superior attention to detail.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite is required.
  • Possess a strong sense of urgency.
  • Desire to learn and contribute to the success of Georgia Aquarium.
  • Ability to:
    • Lift and carry 30 lbs.
    • Bend and stoop
    • Stand for up to 5 hours
  • Email cover letter and resume to: cmihaiu@georgiaaquarium.org.

Public Relations

An internship with the Public Relations Department is a great way to make a splash into the communications field. With projects that span across the broadcasts, print and media management disciplines, interns have the dynamic opportunity to gain real-world, PR experience. Interns are responsible for media research, writing press releases, pitches and event blurbs and re-caps. Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting in coordinating photo and film shoots, media interviews and site visits; working in multiple databases to keep information current; and actively participating in staff meetings and events.

Schedule: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Minimum Required Hours per Week: 30

Intern Semester Application Deadline Date Semester Dates for Internship
Fall July 1 August - December
Spring October 17 January - May
Summer March 20 May - August

Additional Application Requirements:

  • Major in public relations, communications, journalism or related field.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and computer skills a must.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule.
  • Must be a responsible, organized and passionate individual.
  • Able to work as a team and independently.
  • Published work is a plus but is not required.
  • Email resume to: mdeese@georgiaaquarium.org

Theater Production: Dolphin Show Production

Interns begin by shadowing each technical production area (Lighting, Audio/Video, Wardrobe/Props and Stage Management) where they will learn about the various elements involved in executing the AT&T Dolphin Tales show. The remainder of their internship may be tailored to focus primarily on one area where the intern would become familiar with that department’s day-to-day needs, help with show maintenance and possibly learn to run that department’s show cues—or, be of a more general nature, providing the intern with a broader, “big picture” experience.

Schedule: 2-4 days per week. We can be somewhat flexible; however we generally operate between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Sunday through Saturday. Some earlier mornings or later evenings may be required.
Minimum Required Hours per Week: 20

Intern Semester Application Deadline Date Semester Dates for Internship
Fall July 15 Late August - December
Winter November 15 January - March
Spring February 15 April - June
Summer April 15 June - August

Additional Application Requirements:

  • Some training/experience in technical theater, arts administration and/or event management is preferred.
  • Email resume to: ghemric@georgiaaquarium.org

Veterinary Preceptorship/Externship

The Georgia Aquarium provides veterinary students the unique opportunity to gain experience in the field of aquatic animal medicine at one of the largest aquariums in the world. We are fortunate to have a nutritionist, full commissary staff, a water chemist and team of veterinary and laboratory technicians. There are three full time clinical veterinarians and a veterinary resident. Through a partnership with the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine, we have an established aquatic veterinary pathology program as well as a growing clinical partnership with the zoological medicine service. The Georgia Aquarium has a state of the art veterinary hospital with equipment comparable to that found at a teaching hospital or specialty practice.

Preceptorships/externships lasting a minimum of 4 weeks and a maximum of 6 weeks are available. Preference will be given to 3rd and 4th year students, but all students may apply. Work hours are typically 7:30 – 5:00 but may vary depending on the medical needs of the collection. The work week will be Monday to Friday. However, students should be flexible if asked to work on their weekend days.

Low cost housing may be available but should not be expected. Students should provide their own transportation to and from the aquarium. There is limited public transportation. A current tetanus vaccination and health insurance are required.

Students will spend time working in the commissary, water quality laboratory, diagnostic laboratory, quarantine and will assist in performing necropsies as well as assisting with clinical cases. Individuals are expected to complete a research or special project and give a PowerPoint presentation during the last week of the preceptorship. We will provide both required and recommended reading lists intended to broaden the student's knowledge base in aquatic animal husbandry and clinical care.

Our externship program runs September through June similar to the academic year. All materials must be submitted by October 1st of the preceding academic year, with decisions being made by October 31st. For example, applications for the academic year Fall 2015 through Spring 2016 are due by October 1, 2014.

Externships are NOT available the following dates (subject to change):

  • November 20 – January 10
  • May 15 – July 15

Required application materials:

  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum vitae/resume
  • Veterinary School transcript, electronic copy (unofficial is acceptable)
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • 3 sets of available dates in order of preference
  • Submit to clinical@georgiaaquarium.org with "Vet Extern Program" in the subject line.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. It is the student's responsibility to check that their information packet is complete. Your application will be reviewed by Dr. Alexa McDermott and Dr. Tonya Clauss.

For additional questions or inquiries, please e-mail clinical@georgiaaquarium.org

Volunteer Programs

With over 1,500 volunteers at Georgia Aquarium, interns learn how to host Volunteer Information Sessions, New Team Member Orientations, answer general interest questions and respond to prospective volunteer inquiries. Interns shadow staff to gain an understanding of how to prepare materials for training, process benefits, maintain volunteer records, prepare reports using the volunteer database and other assignments as needed. At the end of the internship, interns will be educated in the fundamentals of a volunteer program and its importance to an organization.

Schedule: 3-4 days per week including at least 1 weekend day; 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Minimum Required Hours per Week: 24

Intern Semester Application Deadline Date Semester Dates for Internship
Fall July 31 September - December
Spring November 30 January - April
Summer March 31 May - August

Additional Application Requirements:

  • Major in human resources, non-profit management, hospitality, communications or related field.
  • Possess strong interpersonal, writing and computer skills.
  • Experience with customer service preferred.
  • Experience with volunteer service preferred.
  • Please include cover letter with resume. Email resume to: jnguyen@georgiaaquarium.org

Water Quality

This program offers interns hands-on experience in water quality testing through environmental and wet chemistry in the diagnostic lab & water quality lab. Interns will learn the importance of water quality and how it relates to the aquatic inhabitants. Interns will work closely with the water quality team to learn about the chemistry of water and why it is essential to maintain the delicate balance for the animals. Interns will also be given the opportunity to explore the aquarium from a scientific point of view and build an advanced skill set through the use of instrumentation. Interns will assist with daily preparation for operations, collect daily samples, prepare buffer additions, maintain accurate record keeping, update sample logs & be able to navigate to sample ports throughout the aquarium. Interns will also be responsible for researching lab information, producing quality data and completing an independent project that will be presented as a poster or power point presentation prior to completing the internship.

Schedule: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m., 7 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 1 - 4 p.m. (Schedules are Sunday to Wednesday OR Wednesday to Saturday)
Minimum Required Hours per Week: 20

Intern Semester Application Deadline Date Semester Dates for Internship
Fall August 1 September - December
Spring December 1 January - May
Summer April 1 May - August

Additional Application Requirements:

  • Major in biology, chemistry or related science field.
  • Must be detail-oriented, able to multitask and detect testing problems.
  • Lab experience a plus, but NOT required.
  • Resume required. Email resume to: lmerriwether@georgiaaquarium.org

Zoological Operations: Animal Training (Dolphins)

This program offers interns hands-on experience in Georgia Aquarium's AT&T Dolphin Tales gallery. Interns are exposed to animal care and training activities related to Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Interns work directly with the animal trainers to support the daily care of the collection. Interns are provided the opportunity to interact with and learn from the Animal Training staff about animal conditioning of dolphins for both shows and guest interaction programs. Through observation and mentoring Interns learn area responsibilities that directly benefit the animals which include: diet preparation and feeding, water sampling, commissary clean-up, exhibit/area maintenance, behavioral observations, environmental enrichment, data recording and data entry, assisting trainers with animal training and handling and other duties as assigned. Throughout the internship participants partake in departmental development curriculum including: natural history, theories of animal behavior, food fish handling, safety and a diverse 9-week lecture series presented by intern mentors. Each intern must demonstrate proficiency in every module by completing written exams, tests and quizzes. Interns will also be provided the opportunity to become CPR/First Aid Certified, if needed.

Other details: This internship involves substantial physical labor, and therefore interns must be able to climb stairs and ladders and should be capable of lifting at least 50 lbs. All interns are supervised or overseen by approved Aquarium staff at all times during their program, but can benefit from demonstrating the ability to work independently and as part of a team. This internship also requires a regular schedule of 5-days per week and includes weekends and holidays (hours vary based on the department's needs). Previous animal care experience is not necessary. This is an experience-based, unpaid internship.

Schedule: Varies
Minimum Required Hours per Week: 40

Intern Semester Application Period Open Semester Dates for Internship
Fall May 15 – June 15 August - January
Spring September 1 - 30 January - May
Summer January 15 - 30 May - August

Additional Application Requirements:

  • Must be a junior or higher in college, majoring in animal science, biology, zoology, psychology or related field.
  • Must be an independent worker and team player.
  • Ability to lift 50lbs, climb ladders and stairs and work around saltwater.
  • Candidates must be physically fit.
  • Full availability required.
  • Email resume and one letter of recommendation to: jambrose@georgiaaquarium.org

Zoological Operations: Animal Training (Mammals and Birds)

This program offers interns hands-on mammal and bird experience. Interns are exposed to animal care and training activities primarily with beluga whales, harbor seals and Asian small clawed otters with some exposure to African penguins and southern sea otters. Interns work directly with Animal Care and Training Specialists (ACTS) to support the daily care of the collection and learn the basics of operant conditioning. Interns will be paired with a mentor and guided through several training seminars and workshops to gain insight into operant conditioning techniques and how they are used in Georgia Aquarium's mammal and bird program. Interns daily responsibilities are to work alongside the trainers assisting with animal diet preparation, behavioral observations, environmental enrichment, animal care area clean up, and disinfections. Interns may also play support roles in assisting with animal training and husbandry sessions. Some of the skills interns will acquire during their internship are: diet preparation and feeding; water sampling; commissary clean-up; exhibit and husbandry area maintenance; behavioral observations; environmental enrichment; data recording and data entry; assisting team with animal training, handling and medical procedures; and other duties as assigned.

Schedule: Full availability required (including weekends) 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. or 6:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Minimum Required Hours per Week: 32

Intern Semester Application Deadline Date Semester Dates for Internship
Fall June 1 August 25 - December 31
Spring October 1 January 1 - May 20
Summer February 1 May 15 - August 30

Additional Application Requirements:

  • Major in animal science, biology, marine biology, psychology or related field.
  • Possess a strong desire to gain valuable experience working with marine mammals.
  • Must be an independent worker and team player.
  • Ability to lift 50lbs, climb stairs and work around saltwater.
  • Candidates must be physically fit.
  • Resume required. Email resume to: mammaltraining@georgiaaquarium.org.

Zoological Operations: Fish and Invertebrates

This program will offer interns hands-on husbandry experience working with the Georgia Aquarium's collection of sharks, rays, teleosts, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. Interns will work directly with the Fishes and Invertebrates Team to support the daily care of the aquarium's collection. Interns will acquire the skills of an entry level aquarist learning how to prepare diets and feed, to collect water samples, to conduct exhibit and husbandry maintenance, to learn animal behaviors and to assist aquarists with animal handlings and medical procedures.

Schedule: 3-4 consecutive days per week, including one weekend day. 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Minimum Required Hours per Week: 24

Intern Semester Application Deadline Date Semester Dates for Internship
Fall June 15 August - December
Spring October 18 January - May
Summer February 14 May - August

Additional Application Requirements:

  • This internship involves substantial physical labor, and therefore interns must be able to climb stairs and ladders and should be capable of lifting at least 50 lbs.
  • Interns must be able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • This internship requires a regular schedule of 3 or more days per week, from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., including 1 hour for lunch and will include at least one weekend day per work week.
  • Previous husbandry experience is not necessary.
  • This is an experience-based, unpaid internship. There is no academic credit offered for this internship.
  • Zoological internships are offered 3 times per year: Spring (Jan-May), Summer (May-Aug), Fall (Aug-Dec).
  • Resume required. Email your resume and cover letter to: fishesinternships@georgiaaquarium.org by midnight on the day of the deadline. Cover letter and references appreciated but not required.

Zoological Operations: Quarantine

This program offers Interns hands-on experience in one of Georgia Aquarium's most diverse areas – Quarantine. Our Quarantine Department receives and works with all fish, invertebrates, reptiles and amphibians that will be displayed at the Georgia Aquarium.Our goal is to provide Interns the knowledge, skills and experience necessary for an entry level position in aquatic husbandry. Upon completion, candidates should possess a strong understanding of the following: quarantine purpose and procedures, common disease causing agents and related medical treatments, water quality parameters and relatedness, advanced filtration systems, nitrogen cycle, system components and design, general fish and invertebrate anatomy and standard practices and procedures in aquatic husbandry. Although we do work with veterinarians, this is not a veterinarian internship, nor do we work with any birds or mammals.

Schedule: 20-40 hours per week
Minimum Required Hours per Week: 20

Intern Semester Application Deadline Date Semester Dates for Internship
Fall July 1 September - December
Spring November 1 January - April
Summer March 1 May - August

Additional Application Requirements:

  • This internship involves substantial physical labor, and therefore interns must be able to climb stairs and ladders, and should be capable of lifting at least 50lbs.
  • Interns must be able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • This internship requires a regular schedule of 3 or more days per week, from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. including 1 hour for lunch, and may include weekends and holidays.
  • Previous animal care experience is not necessary.
  • This is an experience-based, unpaid internship.
  • Email resume and cover letter to Mark Olsen at molsen@georgiaaquarium.org.

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