The Georgia Aquarium’s Animal Training (Dolphin) Internship is designed for college students and recent graduates to gain valuable experience with bottlenose dolphins.  This internship is designed to give hands on experience in the marine mammal training field.  Interns work directly with the animal training staff and are exposed to all aspects of the daily care and training of bottlenose dolphins.  

This is an experience-based, paid internship.

Interns will: 

  • Be provided the opportunity to interact with and learn from the Animal Training staff about animal conditioning of dolphins for both presentations and guest interaction programs.   
  • Learn area responsibilities that directly benefit the animals, which include: diet preparation and feeding, water sampling, commissary clean-up, exhibit/area maintenance, behavioral observations and discussion, environmental enrichment, data recording, assisting trainers with animal training and handling, and other duties as assigned. 
  • Partake in departmental intern development curriculum, including: natural history, animal training theory, 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 quizzes. 
  • Attend Georgia Aquarium Conservation classes, including curriculum covering our diverse collection.

Other details: 

  • Interns are always supervised or overseen by approved Aquarium staff during their program but can benefit from demonstrating the ability to show initiative, work independently and as part of a team.  
  • Previous animal care experience is not necessary but preferred. 
  • This is an experience-based, PAID internship; with a substantial focus on fundamentals; giving you the foundation to become a successful animal trainer.  
  • There are limited opportunities for hands-on contact with dolphins. 
  • Interns will get out of this internship what they put into it. Progression will be based on proficiency, work ethic, and attitude and will be catered to each individual.  
  • No jewelry will be allowed in animal areas.

Schedule

Full availability required. Five days per week which include weekends and holidays. Shifts may vary based on department needs. 

Minimum Required Hours per Week: 35 – 40

Requirements

  • Interns must be able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Interns must be hardworking, dependable, and time efficient.
  • This internship requires a regular schedule of 5 days per week and may include weekends and holidays. Average hours per week are 35 – 40.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Must be a junior or higher in college, majoring in animal science, biology, zoology, psychology, or related field.
  • This internship involves substantial physical labor, and therefore interns must be able to climb stairs and ladders, and should be capable of repeatedly lifting at least 50 lbs.
  • Submissions outside of application period will not be considered. 

Deadlines

Spring 2023

Deadline: November 10th  

Months: January – April, 8 – 12 weeks 

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