Internship Focused on Sharks

This program offers Interns hands-on experience in Georgia Aquarium’s second largest habitat – Sharks. Interns will work directly with the Fishes & Invertebrates Team to support the daily care of the aquarium’s collection, including a variety of elasmobranch species in the Sharks gallery.  

Our aquarists work together to ensure the health and well-being of our animals as well as the maintenance and display of our exhibits. This internship is designed to be an experiential and professional learning experience – you will be introduced to the theories and literature behind aquarium husbandry and get daily hands-on practice to ensure a well-rounded intern experience!   

Upon completion, candidates will possess a strong understanding of the following: skills in feeding, handling record-keeping, and general husbandry of a large aquatic exhibit; understand the importance of water quality and the life support components; maintenance of exhibits, components, and the equipment used to keep them all running; importance of behavior management, enrichment, and animal training for fishes in human care. Although we do work with veterinarians, this is not a veterinarian internship, nor do we work with any birds or mammals. 

Georgia Aquarium’s Sharks internship is located at the Georgia Aquarium and our offsite warehouse located west of the Georgia Aquarium. Interns will need to provide own reliable transportation for this internship. 

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 

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 will include at least one weekend day per work week. 
  • Previous husbandry experience is not necessary. 
  • 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 is required. After applying online, email your resume and cover letter to: elasmointernships@georgiaaquarium.org

Schedule

FallSpring Summer
DeadlineJuly 1October 18February 14
MonthsAugust-DecemberJanuary-MayMay-August
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