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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 investigated, interacted with and, of course, learn about."
– Rockland County, NY, camp director
For 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.
The Maritime Aquarium will have high school interns rotate their involvement in the Animal Husbandry, Education and Volunteer departments, spending 3 days in each area before rotating departments until the end of their internships. The internships last for one semester with a minimum commitment of one day per week – which is usually on weekends. Permission may be granted based on the work performed and the department(s) approval if interns wish to extend the length of their internship. Letters of recommendation will only be written for those interns that have put in at least 135 hours. Those candidates in the Maritime Aquarium Volunteer program must fulfill their commitment of 100 hours before starting an internship.
While with the education department the interns may help the educators set up the classroom, work with the students during activity periods helping them when they can and keeping them on track. While doing outreach programs, they are with our educators at another institution doing the same programs we do in house, or, they may be at a beach, or river helping guide the students through sampling activities such as quadrant studies, seine pulls, shore transects, drift bottles, secchi disks, dissolved oxygen/salinity/temperature measurement. They may also be scheduled to be on our research vessel and participate in the different sampling techniques such as plankton sampling, biodredge and otter trawls and are needed to help with the sampling and recording the data and the catch results.
While with the volunteers the interns work in our touch tank, jellie, and touch-a -hark areas as well as seal pool engaging the public and giving visitors information about the animals in these areas as well as answering question the public may have about the animals. They are also responsible for making sure the public does not harm the animals, and also watch the animals to make sure they do not hurt the public.
While with the Aquarist the interns’ responsibilities may include:
a) Water quality sampling, assessment and record keeping of exhibit tanks for dissolved oxygen, salinity, pH, ammonia, nitrite, nitrates, phosphorous, strontium, magnesium.
b) Food preparation for exhibit animals which included fish, mammals, and invertebrates. This involved measuring/weighing the food, as well as keeping records of what was fed and how much was consumed.
c) Overall daily maintenance of tanks and exhibits which involved pythoning, algae removal, leak repairs, minor plumbing, and correcting water quality issues.
d) Communications with the public while in exhibit areas which involved questions about the animals’ natural history, and the care that we give the animals
e) Communications and record keeping with the staff which involved the food intake, daily health and behavioral observation.
f) Help with research on new animals as well as helping to build new animal exhibits.
g) Provide enrichment for some of the animals.
The Maritime Aquarium Education department will have internships available running the length of one semester. The minimum commitment will be for 1 day per week, but you may opt for more days. Interns may request a longer internship commitment than the semester, which may be granted based on the work performed and the department approval. Letters of recommendation will only be written for those interns that have put in at least 135 hours.
An intern in the education department can expect do some of the following which is dependent on several factors: a) how many hours per week and the length of their internship that they can commit to learn, b) what their background is when they arrive, c) their work ethic and how they are perceived by the staff.
a) Participate in the preparation, delivery and clean up of lessons delivered to groups and visitors attending the Maritime. This includes programs held at the Aquarium, as well as part of our Outreach program, which delivers programs to students in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. Our website has a list of these programs: http://www.maritimeaquarium.org/fun-a-learning/teachers-a-groups/programs-by-grade
b) Participate in the preparation, delivery and clean up of coastal and river lessons. This will involve helping staff and students in: quadrant studies, seine net activities including species identification and number of species caught, Dissolved oxygen, temperature and salinity as measure with YSI meters, transect studies, use of a GPS, beach slope, and recording data as well as the delivery of specimens back to the Aquarium.
c) Prepare for camp programs and help teach the programs and various activities that are part of these programs.
d) Camp programs can change from year to year, so some of what the intern does is to help generate program ideas and improve on previous programs. This includes adding more information, checking information for accuracy, and developing better visuals, finding more examples to illustrate a concept or an idea.
e) Equipment cleanup and maintenance.
f) Take maintenance. The department has refrigerated salt water tanks that need to be cleaned, siphoned, and have water quality checks to balance temperature, salinity, dissolve oxygen, and pH.
g) Do research for the staff to develop programs as well as gathering information the staff needs to answer public questions.
h) Help the crew on the R/V Spirit of the Sound™ including the pre-trip set up of equipment, the delivery of the program and data recording, as well as the cleanup after the trip and the delivery of specimens to the Aquarium. Interns will be involved with plankton sampling and identification, biodredge and otter trawl sampling and species quantification and identification.
We are accepting internships for the middle of August, on into the fall.
The Maritime Aquarium Animal Husbandry department will have internships available running the length of one semester. The minimum commitment will be for 1 day per week, but you may opt for more days.
Interns may request a longer internship commitment than the semester, which may be grant-based on the work performed and the department approval. Letters of recommendation will only be written for those interns that have put in at least 135 hours.
What college interns get to do at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is dependent on several factors: a) how many hours per week and the length of their internship that they can commit to learn, b) what their background is when they arrive, c) their work ethic and how they are perceived by the staff.
Potentially they might:
a) learn food preparation for the organisms and then feeding techniques.
b) learn, observe and possibly participate in aquarist set up and maintenance.
c) learn to observe and document the health of the animals based on behavioral evaluations.
d) participate in veterinarian checkups, and the treatment of some animals.
e) monitor water chemistry and quality by collecting samples and do required tests for DO, pH, salinity as well as minerals and follow procedures to have a healthy environment for the organism in a specific habitat.
f) keep records in accordance to TMA requirements and USDA requirements on the organisms.
g) learn how to culture algae and invertebrates that are used for food
h) learn breeding and culturing techniques for some of the organisms in the Aquarium.
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.
Follow the instructions on the form to submit an application.
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 video games 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.