Internship Focused on Beluga/Seal/ASCO

This program offers interns hands-on animal training experience with the Mammals & Birds team. Interns are exposed to animal care and training activities primarily with belugas, harbor seals, and Asian small-clawed otters, with some possible exposure to sea otters, African penguins, and alcids. Interns work directly with trainers 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 Mammals & Birds program. This internship will give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields where they are considering pursuing careers.

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 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. 

This is an experience-based, paid internship.


Spring 2023

Deadline: November 10th  

Months: January – April, 8 – 12 weeks 


  • 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 5 days per week and may include weekends and holidays. Average hours per week are 35 – 40.  
  • Must have an interest or major in animal science, biology, marine biology, psychology or related field.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Previous animal care experience is not necessary.
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