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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.

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 assist with daily building activities including turning on/off equipment, general maintenance, equipment trouble shooting, etc. Interns will also assist in any 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:

  • General knowledge of audio and video components, i.e., cameras (both still and video), audio mixers, video displays, microphones. Advanced knowledge of any of the above is a plus.
  • Moderate to excellent skills with Final Cut Pro, After Effects and Photoshop
  • Interest in video editing and producing.
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills.
  • 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.

Development: Fundraising

Fundraising Event interns are involved in all aspects of planning and executing the fundraising events at Georgia Aquarium. This internship will have hands on experience with the planning, marketing and execution of Fish & Chips Golf Tournament, Red White & Brew, Aqua Vino and our Lecture Series events. Interns will also be asked to perform various administrative duties and assist the Fundraising Event Manager in day-to-day office tasks. At the end of the internship, this intern will understand the importance of fundraising for a non-profit and will have experience in event planning, sponsorship development, event marketing, digital marketing and the strategies behind making an event a success.

Schedule: 3-5 weekdays per week (some nights and Saturdays)
Minimum Required Hours per Week: 24

Intern Semester Application Deadline Date Semester Dates for Internship
Fall July 12 Late August - December
Spring November 1 January - May
Summer March 10 May - August

Additional Application Requirements:

  • Major in business, sales, hospitality, management, marketing or related field
  • Must be a rising college junior, senior or recent graduate (Must be able to commit to entire semester if recent graduate)
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point
  • Excellent writing skills, detail-oriented, highly organized, strong problem-solving skills, self-motivated
  • To apply, please email resume (1 page only) and cover letter indicating why you would be a good candidate for this internship to: mwronowski@georgiaaquarium.org

Digital Media

Interns are responsible for writing content for weekly external e-blasts and e-newsletters, internal newsletters as well as being an active member of the Georgia Aquarium website team. Additional responsibilities include assisting in development and facilitation of social media strategy for multiple campaigns, help maintain social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, and 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 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 28 January - May
Summer March 24 May - August

Additional Application Requirements:

  • Major in public relations, communications, new media, advertising, marketing or related field
  • 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:

  • Open Water Diving certification or higher from an internationally recognized agency
  • Current record of dives equaling 25 or more, must have a log available
  • 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

Education Internship

The Education Department intern will be responsible for providing students, teachers and parents with excellent customer service. This person will be responsible for contacting teachers to confirm visit details, assisting with reservation preparation, greeting school groups and escorting them into the building, assisting with administrative tasks and performing other duties as workload necessitates.

Schedule: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Minimum Required Hours per Week: 24

Intern Semester Application Deadline Date Semester Dates for Internship
Fall July 30 September - December
Spring November 30 January - May
Summer No internship offered No internship offered

Additional Application Requirements:

  • At least 3 years towards Hospitality, Sociology, Psychology or Business Management degree
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to organize, manage time and set priorities while meeting deadlines
  • Flexibility
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products (including Excel and Power Point)
  • Enjoy interacting with children and adults
  • Resume and cover letter required. Email resume and cover letter to: aanderson@georgiaaquarium.org. (Please use your name as the file name of your resume).

Education Programs

Interns will assist in the development and implementation of educator workshops, development of new graphics and exhibits, and our institutional evaluation project.

Schedule: 3 days per week (weekdays) with an occasional weekend
Minimum Required Hours per Week: 24

Intern Semester Application Deadline Date Semester Dates for Internship
Fall July 15 August 15 - December 15
Spring November 15 January 15 - May 15
Summer No internship offered No internship offered

Additional Application Requirements:

  • Major in biology, environmental science, or education
  • Interest in marine science or marine education
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Flexibility
  • Strong computer skills - Excel, Word, Publisher
  • Resume required. Email resume to kzarneke@georgiaaquarium.org. Please use your name as the file name of your resume.

Education Summer Camp H20

The Summer Day Camp H2O intern will be responsible for assisting education staff in providing campers with excellent customer service and a quality camp program. This person will assist in preparing materials for camp programs, assisting in the delivery of camp programs, in addition to assisting with administrative tasks and performing other duties as workload necessitates.

Schedule: Mondays through Fridays
Minimum Required Hours per Week: 20

Intern Semester Application Deadline Date Semester Dates for Internship
Summer April 1 June - August

Additional Application Requirements:

  • At least 3 years towards Hospitality, Sociology, Psychology or Business Management degree
  • Experience working in a camp setting or working with school aged children
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to organize, manage time and set priorities while meeting deadlines
  • Flexibility
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products (including Excel and Power Point)
  • Enjoy interacting with children and adults
  • Resume and cover letter required. Email resume and cover letter to: aanderson@georgiaaquarium.org. (Please use your name as the file name of your resume).

Event Sales and Services

Interns assist in executing special events ranging from social functions (weddings, bar mitzvahs, etc) to corporate parties and non-profit fundraisers. Interns will work alongside 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. Individuals will gain hands-on experience in event management from an operations and venue/facility perspective. Event interns will also be asked to perform various 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
  • 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 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 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
  • Proficient using Adobe Design Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
  • 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 July 25 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
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and merging documents
  • Reliable transportation to the Aquarium and off-site events required
  • Resume required. Email resume to: mfranklin@georgiaaquarium.org

Information Technology

The Information Technology intern will provide direct technical assistance and support to Georgia Aquarium staff for network, hardware and software issues. Duties include installing and maintaining computer systems including software and hardware on desktops and laptops, resolving internet, Cisco IP Phone and network access issues (both wired and wireless), network printer support, meeting with staff to provide one-on-one technical assistance as needed/requested, creating SQL queries and learning to use various data mining software, provide minimal training to staff on software and hardware use, determining causes of computer/software/network malfunctions through evaluation and testing and resolution via modifications, repair, as well as other various duties.

Schedule: Varies - Monday – Friday; 9am – 5:30pm
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 Bachelors in computer related fields.
  • Basic knowledge of hardware and software fixes.
  • Respond to user requests for service, troubleshoot problems and help develop solutions.
  • Support PC hardware components, desktop operating system software, and application software.
  • Perform minor repairs to equipment and arrange for other servicing needs.
  • Assist users in determining appropriate software solutions to meet needs.
  • Maintains open communication and positive working relationship with staff.
  • Perform other duties/projects as assigned.
  • General knowledge on TCP/IP, network troubleshooting tool.
  • Email resume to: adongerdive@georgiaaquarium.org.

Life Support Systems

Interns in the Life Support Systems (LSS) Department are responsible for the operation, care and upkeep of Georgia Aquarium's 42 aquatic animal exhibits, water and associated filtration systems. Duties include monitoring 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 in providing a safe and healthy environment for our diverse aquatic animal collection. This internship position will frequently interface with 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.
  • 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.
  • Self-motivated and a 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 respond to marketing calls, voice mails and emails; position will typically field and assess 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 in gathering event information, preparing for guest enhancement events, scheduling volunteers, conducting event follow up and assisting 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 September 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
  • Excellent writing, proofreading and grammar skills
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills as well as superior attention to detail
  • Some office experience
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
  • 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
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule
  • Responsible, organized, passionate
  • Able to work as a team and independently
  • Published work a plus but not required
  • Email resume to: brogers@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 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.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. Tonya Clauss, Dr. Cara Field, and Dr. Alexa McDermott.

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

Volunteer Programs

With over 1,500 volunteers at Georgia Aquarium, interns assist with Volunteer Information Sessions, New Team Member Orientations, answering volunteers' questions and responding to prospective volunteer inquiries. Interns 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
  • Strong interpersonal, writing and computer skills
  • Customer service experience preferred
  • Volunteer experience preferred
  • Please include cover letter with resume. Email resume to: jnguyen@georgiaaquarium.org

Water Quality

Water Quality interns will work closely with the Water Quality Team in the Analytical Chemistry & Diagnostic lab. Interns will be responsible for researching lab information, producing quality data and completing a intern project that will be present as a poster or power point presentation.

Schedule: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m., 7 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 1 - 4 p.m.
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 field
  • Detail-oriented, able to multitask
  • 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 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.

Responsibilities include: 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 and handling, and other duties as assigned.

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. Interns must be able 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 June 1 - 30 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
  • Independent worker and team player
  • Ability to lift 50lbs, climb ladders and stairs, 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 and harbor seals with some exposure to penguins, sea otters and Asian small clawed otters. Interns work directly with Animal Care and Training Specialists (ACTS) to support the daily care of the collection. Interns' primary responsibilities are to assist 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. Duties include: 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
  • Strong desire to gain valuable experience working with marine mammals
  • Independent worker and team player
  • Ability to lift 50lbs, climb stairs, 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. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: Diet preparation and feeding; Water sampling; Exhibit and husbandry area maintenance; Behavioral observations; Animal enrichment; Data recording and data entry; Assisting biologists with animal handling and medical procedures; Attending and participating in staff and departmental meetings

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. Quarantine Interns are exposed to a wide variety of animal husbandry as well as treatment of animal diseases and parasites. Interns will work directly with Quarantine aquarists to support the daily care of the collection.

Responsibilities Include: Diet preparation and feeding, water sampling, enclosure and husbandry area, maintenance, medical observations, environmental enrichment, data recording and data entry, assisting team with animal handling and medical procedures, and other duties as assigned.

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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