We've taken a few educational boat trips over the years but yours was by far the best all-around experience. The highlight had to be the breadth of sea life we pulled up and got a chance to investigate, interact with and, of course, learn about."

– Rockland County, NY, camp director

Fun & Learning

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Sand Tiger Shark Fun Fact

Looks closely at the sand tiger sharks in the "Ocean Beyond the Sound" exhibit. Their snout and jaws are covered in tiny holes. These are receptors for the sharks' "sixth sense" – their ability to detect bioelectric fields emitted by other animals (including potential prey).



Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Student Internships at The Maritime Aquarium

Thinking of a career in marine science? The Maritime Aquarium has year-round internship opportunities for high school and college students.

Aquarium-InternsFor high school students, an internship is a perfect introduction to biology and the challenges of working with live animals in an aquarium. Often, college students can receive course credit, fulfill degree requirements and gain valuable practical experience by working as an Aquarium intern. Previous interns have gone on to full-time jobs at The Maritime Aquarium, Sea World, Mystic Aquarium, Georgia Aquarium, Scripps Institute and other aquariums, as well as careers in related fields like veterinary medicine.

What Interns Do

  • Most Maritime Aquarium college interns work with aquarists, but internships are available to work with education, development and marketing staff.
  • Work with aquarists in the Animal Husbandry Department to care for the Aquarium's animals. This includes food preparation, feeding, tank maintenance and more.
  • Help Aquarium educators design and develop programs.
  • Assist Aquarium educators teaching school groups, both in classrooms and in the field.
  • Work "on the floor" at the seal pool, Touch Tank and other exhibits, sharing their knowledge of marine animals with visitors of all ages (and gaining valuable interpersonal communication experience at the same time).
  • Work on school research projects coordinated by their own school if resources are available in the Aquarium.


  • You must be at least 16 years old.
  • Interns must be able to lift 60 lbs.
  • Internships may occur over a school semester or during summer break. Tailored to meet school/student requirements.
  • Applicants must have an interest in biology or Long Island Sound. Course work in biology, chemistry and relevant sciences is helpful. Priority is given to college students or students completing internship for academic credit and majoring in the department/field they wish to intern in.
  • Applicants must be capable of handling the paperwork and entire application process on their own.
  • If an applicant is selected to come in for an interview – that interview is in person. Please plan ahead for winter or spring break availability!

We will accept applications for a waiting list.  You also may wish to consider applying for an internship over a long winter or semester break.


You must submit all requested forms and paperwork in a single application package only.  Mail all requested forms and paperwork IN ONE PACKAGE to:  Internships, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk, CT  06854.
Incomplete applications and packets will NOT be considered.

Candidates are allowed only one application every six months. Be sure yours is 100% complete.

Download the appropriate brochure/application form*:

pdfIntern brochure-HS.pdf
docHigh School Application.doc

docCollege Application.doc.

Follow the instructions on the form to submit an application.

Do you have any questions about careers in marine science, working with marine animals, or teaching environmental education? One of our educators will get back to you. For more information, contact The Maritime Aquarium's Education Department at (203) 852-0700, ext. 2304, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Aquarium seeks Marketing sharks

College students looking for real-world experience in marketing, advertising, public relations and graphic design are invited to apply for unpaid internships at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

“Our promise to interns is they will work with ‘live ammunition.’ If their work is up to standards, it will appear in the Aquarium’s advertising, news coverage, web site, social media and more,” said Chris Loynd, the Aquarium’s marketing director. “My goal is to offer every intern the opportunity to build a robust portfolio case study, while also promoting the Aquarium and supporting its mission."

The successful marketing intern at The Maritime Aquarium will generate content within the context of the Aquarium’s overall marketing strategy. Content must be well-researched, sparkling, bright and creative. It will be grounded in scientific, educational and environmental precepts. (A science background is not necessarily required.) Content may be expressed in words, photos, video or personal presentation. It can be disseminated through print, broadcast, Internet, outdoor, events and more. This year there is a special interest in social media, blogging, and video production. We are also interested in “out of the box” initiatives, events and stunts.

Past intern projects include the Aquarium’s first Facebook page and “VidGames Colossal,” a promotion where moviegoers played videogames on the Aquarium’s giant IMAX® screen.

Connecticut’s second-largest family tourist attraction, The Maritime Aquarium draws nearly 500,000 visitors per year. More than 2,000 animals represent 300-plus species. In addition to the exhibits, the Aquarium also operates an IMAX® movie theater and research vessel. It is the only aquarium dedicated to Long Island Sound.

Summer marketing interns are asked to dedicate a minimum of 3 days per week for at least a 6-week commitment. You must demonstrate college course work in journalism, marketing or communications.  Internships can be tailored to meet your schedule and are also available during the school year. Priority is given to students completing internships for credit. We can work with your school administrators to meet credit requirements. All work produced by interns remains the property of The Maritime Aquarium. Internships are unpaid.


The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate Long Island Sound
and protect it for future generations. A vibrant and entertaining learning environment,
it achieves this goal through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education.

10 North Water Street          Norwalk, CT 06854          Phone: 203.852.0700         Fax: 203.838.5416

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation


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