Internship Opportunities

The Maritime Aquarium is proud to offer internships in many different areas including education, animal husbandry, life support and more! Please see below for more details including application information.

Internship Application

General College Internship

Thinking of a career in marine science? The Maritime Aquarium has year-round internship opportunities for college 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. Maritime Aquarium college interns work with aquarists, educators, volunteers, development staff and marketing staff. Previous interns have gone on to full-time positions at The Maritime Aquarium, Sea World, Mystic Aquarium, Georgia Aquarium, Scripps Institute and other aquariums, as well as careers in related fields, such as veterinary medicine.

High school internships are no longer available. If you are a high school student, please consider joining our Volunteer Gallery Ambassador program or summer teen apprenticeship programs.

 

What Interns Do

  • Maritime Aquarium college interns work with aquarists, educators, development, and marketing staff.
  • Learn how to care for the Aquarium’s animals. This includes food preparation, feeding, tank maintenance, and more.
  • Learn how to prepare educational materials, contact teachers and schools, and deliver programs.
  • Work on the floor at the seal pool, touch tank, and other exhibits, sharing knowledge of marine animals with visitors of all ages and gaining valuable interpersonal communication experience at the same time.

Qualifications

  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must be able to lift 60 lbs.
  • Internships may occur at any time during the year, and a minimum of 135 hours.
  • Applicants must have an interest in biology, environmental education, or marketing. Priority is given to students completing an internship for academic credit.
  • Applicants must be capable of handling the entire application process independently.

 

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.

For more information, contact Jdauterman@maritimeaquarium.org

All requested forms and paperwork should be submitted in a single application package. Mail all requested forms and paperwork to: Internships, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk, CT 06854.

Internship Application

Follow the instructions on the form to submit an application. Incomplete applications and packets will not be considered.

Animal Husbandry Fall Internship

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for our fall internship beginning September 10th and running through December 7th. Individuals are required to complete a minimum of 22 hours per week for a minimum of 12 weeks, and the completion of an original project. These are not paid positions.

The Maritime Aquarium houses many species of fishes, invertebrates, frogs, and reptiles, from the Long Island Sound and beyond. Our aquarists work daily to provide the best husbandry for the animals in their care. From routine exhibit cleaning and feeding, to water quality testing and health examinations, our staff completes a wide variety of tasks as a part of their jobs every day.

An aquarist internship at the Maritime Aquarium is designed to be a learning experience for any college student, or recent graduate who is interested in exploring a career in aquatic animal husbandry. During the internship, individuals will learn how to maintain aquarium exhibits, prepare diets, complete water quality tests, and keep records, as well as be introduced to aquatic animal health assessments, quarantine procedures, and aquarium system design. Those who have completed an internship with the Maritime Aquarium have gone on to careers here as well as other AZA-affiliated zoos and aquariums.

If you have a love for animals, an enthusiastic attitude, and a willingness to learn, please consider applying for an internship in one of our galleries! We are offering internships specializing in Jellies, Tropical Fish and Invertebrates, Cold Water Fish and Invertebrates, Frogs and Reptiles, and Hospital and Quarantine, for a total of 5 positions.

 

Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate

  • Some background knowledge in aquarium keeping preferred, although not required.
  • Ability to lift and carry 65 pounds.
  • Ability to negotiate stairs and maneuver on wet and uneven terrain.
  • Demonstrates strong written and oral communication skills, and the ability to effectively communicate with both staff and guests.
  • Desire to learn and demonstrate our mission: To inspire people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment.
  • Demonstrate high level of enthusiasm and willingness to learn.

 

Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Minimum time requirement of at least 22 hours a week over a 12 week period or more.
  • Upon hire, purchase at least one aquarium uniform shirt, starting at $31.
  • Must be currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from, a 2 or 4 year program studying biology, zoology, aquarium science, or a related field.
  • Be dependable and punctual at all times.
  • Attend educational sessions designed to increase interpretation of every day husbandry tasks.
  • Complete an original project over the course of the internship.

 

To apply, please submit a completed application, along with a cover letter, resume, and list of references to Jim Dauterman at jdauterman@maritimeaquarium.org. Applications can be found here. Qualified applicants will be contacted via email to coordinate a skype, or in-person interview. Applicants will be selected after the interview process based upon general knowledge, experience, attitude, punctuality, and by recommendation. Although not a guarantee, it is possible for college students to receive course credit or fulfill major requirements through their experience, provided they have completed the requirements for their college or program.

Life Support Internship

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for our summer internship beginning June 3rd. Individuals are required to complete a minimum of 16 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks, and the completion of an original project. These are not paid positions.

The Maritime Aquarium houses many species of fishes, invertebrates, frogs, and reptiles, from the Long Island Sound and beyond. Our Life Support Staff work daily to provide the best possible conditions for the animals. From routine backwashing and monitoring of systems, to making repairs and upgrades.

A Life Support internship at the Maritime Aquarium is designed to be a learning experience for any college student, or recent graduate who is interested in exploring a career as a Life Support Operator. This position focuses on the components that make up various life support systems, the category of filtration that they fall into, and the pros and cons of each. A detailed focus on understanding and following a process flow of any system is also covered. The position also dives deep into the inner workings of the systems, how to troubleshoot and diagnose issues, and how to rectify them. During the 10 week internship, individuals will learn how to maintain individual life support systems, troubleshoot and repair the various components that make up the systems, learn how to backwash and service and understand the process flow of each system.  There will also be a tutorial of how to make repairs and bond PVC pipe. A final project of writing an SOP and explaining how a complex LSS works to the senior aquarist will be required. Those who have completed an internship with the Maritime Aquarium have gone on to careers here as well as other AZA-affiliated zoos and aquariums.

If you have a love for mechanical processes, an enthusiastic attitude, and a willingness to learn, please consider applying for an internship!  We are offering internships for a total of 3 positions.

 

Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate

  • Some background with mechanical devices, and machinery preferred, but not required
  • Ability to lift and carry 65 pounds.
  • Ability to negotiate stairs and maneuver on wet and uneven terrain.
  • Demonstrates strong written and oral communication skills, and the ability to effectively communicate with both staff and guests.
  • Desire to learn and demonstrate our mission: To inspire people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment.
  • Demonstrate high level of enthusiasm and willingness to learn.

Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Minimum time requirement of at least 16 hours a week over a 10 week period or more.
  • Upon hire, purchase at least one aquarium uniform shirt, starting at $17.95.
  • Must be currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from, a 2 or 4 year program studying biology, zoology, aquarium science, or a related field.
  • Be dependable and punctual at all times.
  • Attend educational sessions designed to increase interpretation of every day husbandry tasks.
  • Complete an original project over the course of the internship.

 

To apply, please submit a completed application, along with a cover letter, resume, and list of references to Jim Dauterman at jdauterman@maritimeaquarium.org. Applications can be found here.

Qualified applicants will be contacted via email to coordinate a skype, or in-person interview. Applicants will be selected after the interview process based upon general knowledge, experience, attitude, punctuality, and by recommendation. Although not a guarantee, it is possible for college students to receive course credit or fulfill major requirements through their experience, provided they have completed the requirements for their college or program.

Mammal Internship

The Maritime Aquarium is home to several species of mammals, both marine and terrestrial.  We currently house harbor seals, North American river otters, slender-tailed meerkats, Geoffroy’s tamarins, a striped skunk and a prehensile-tailed porcupine.  In addition to providing excellent husbandry care we strive to provide an engaging training program for our inhabitants.  Training is an important part of daily animal care; allowing us to mentally and physically stimulate our animals on a daily basis. We train our animals for medical management behaviors such as blood draws, weights, and ultrasounds. We also train behaviors to physically stimulate our animals such as spins, jumps and waves.

This internship is designed to be a career learning experience and is suited for candidates that are new to the field of animal training. During your internship, you will learn how to prepare diets, maintain exhibits, provide enrichment and give public presentations to educate our visitors about marine mammals and environmental conservation. You will also learn how trainers use principles such as positive reinforcement and shaping to train these animals. Internships are custom designed to each individual's skill level.

Applicants must be dependable, have excellent English written and oral communication skills, be comfortable bending and walking on uneven and wet terrain and be able to maneuver 50 lbs.  Interns should be available to work a minimum of 3 days per week for 12 weeks.   Candidate’s should be flexible, a minimum of 18 years old and have the ability to work holidays and weekends.  This internship is open to college students majoring in psychology, biology, marine biology or another related field.  Priority will be given to students completing an internship for academic credit and who have some hands-on animal experience, such as volunteering at an animal shelter or completing internships at other facilities.  Interns will complete a research project as part of the internship and present their findings to our staff and fellow interns.  Although this internship does not involve feeding or training the animals, interns play an integral role assisting staff during training sessions and presentations, and work in close proximity to the animals.

All interested applicants, please email your resume & cover letter, a letter of recommendation and the completed intern application to Eriker@maritimeaquarium.org.  The application is available in PDF format above.  In your cover letter, please include the following:  your past animal experience, which internship track you are most interested in and which internship term would you like to be considered for.  

Applications for the spring and fall terms have rolling admission. Application deadline for the summer term (May through August) is March 30. 

Education Internship

Education Interns

  • Assist aquarium educators as they teach our programs, including in-house classroom, travel programs, and field programs
  • Assist aquarium educators as they run the numerous Summer Camp programs offered by the aquarium
  • Work on the floor of the aquarium at our various touch tanks, seal pool, and other exhibits, sharing knowledge of marine animals with visitors of all ages, and gaining valuable interpersonal communication experience at the same time
  • Assist aquarium educators and staff during special events.

Qualifications

  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • Time commitment: 2/3 days per week for a minimum of 10 weeks
  • Applicants should have an interest in biology and environmental education
  • Complete a project over the course of the internship

 

 These are unpaid positions.

Animal Husbandry Spring Internship

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for our Animal Husbandry spring internship beginning on January 27th, 2019. Individuals are required to complete a minimum of 22 hours per week for a minimum of 12 weeks, and the completion of an original project. These are not paid positons.

The Maritime Aquarium houses many species of fishes, invertebrates, frogs, and reptiles, from the Long Island Sound and beyond. Our aquarists work daily to provide the best husbandry for the animals in their care. From routine exhibit cleaning and feeding, to water quality testing and health examinations, our staff completes a wide variety of tasks as a part of their jobs every day.

An aquarist internship at the Maritime Aquarium is designed to be a learning experience for any college student, or recent graduate who is interested in exploring a career in aquatic animal husbandry. During the internship, individuals will learn how to maintain aquarium exhibits, prepare diets, complete water quality tests, and keep records, as well as be introduced to aquatic animal health assessments, quarantine procedures, and aquarium system design. Those who have completed an internship with the Maritime Aquarium have gone on to careers here as well as other AZA-affiliated zoos and aquariums.

If you have a love for animals, an enthusiastic attitude, and a willingness to learn, please consider applying for an internship in one of our galleries! We are offering internships specializing in Jellies, Tropical Fish and Invertebrates, Cold Water Fish and Invertebrates, Frogs and Reptiles, and Hospital and Quarantine, for a total of 5 positions.

 

Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate

  • Some background knowledge in aquarium keeping preferred, although not required.
  • Ability to lift and carry 65 pounds.
  • Ability to negotiate stairs and maneuver on wet and uneven terrain.
  • Demonstrates strong written and oral communication skills, and the ability to effectively communicate with both staff and guests.
  • Desire to learn and demonstrate our mission: The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education.
  • Demonstrate high level of enthusiasm and willingness to learn.

 

Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Minimum time requirement of at least 22 hours a week over a 12 week period or more.
  • Upon acceptance, purchase at least one aquarium uniform shirt, starting at $31.
  • Must be currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from, a 2 or 4 year program studying biology, zoology, aquarium science, or a related field.
  • Be dependable and punctual at all times.
  • Attend educational sessions designed to increase interpretation of every day husbandry tasks.
  • Complete an original project over the course of the internship.

 

To apply, please submit a completed application, along with a cover letter, resume, and list of references to Jim Dauterman at jdauterman@maritimeaquarium.org. Applications can be found here. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for our spring internship. Qualified applicants will be contacted via email to coordinate a skype, or in-person interview. Applicants will be selected after the interview process based upon general knowledge, experience, attitude, punctuality, and by recommendation. Although not a guarantee, it is possible for college students to receive course credit or fulfill major requirements through their experience, provided they have completed the requirements for their college or program.

Early Childhood Education Internship

Benefits

  • Earn college credit in a fun, supportive aquarium atmosphere.
  • Learn ways to engage young children to be a better educator and communicator.
  • Design and implement teaching tools or programming that you can take with you to other institutions.
  • Discover up and coming techniques for science and nature learning.
  • Spend time with all our amazing animals, including sand tiger sharks, harbor seals, green sea turtles, and more- even get a few up close encounters with our ambassador animals!

 

Primary Function

  • Engage in nature play and science learning with young children 1-8 years old in a variety of program types, including summer camp, story times, preschool classes, free-play and public programs.
  • Assist education staff with early childhood programs, including set-up and take down.
  • Enthusiastic engagement with all ages of gallery guests.
  • Research and develop a project focused within the early childhood range (infant to second grade) to present to children as well as Aquarium staff.
  • Serve as a role model for young children and establish relationships that will encourage children and families to continue to participate in programs furthering The Maritime Aquarium’s mission.

 

Communication

  • Use timely, effective communication and maintain professional tone in written and verbal communications with guests, staff, volunteers, school personnel, caregivers, and community members at large.
  • Employ patient and caring positive reinforcement techniques when addressing children.
  • Utilize open and appropriate non-verbal communication particularly with children, caregivers and families.
  • Prepare efficiently for weekly meeting with early childhood staff member to discuss programs, concerns, and internship plans and goals.

 

Required Qualifications

  • Desire and ability to work with young children.
  • Commitment to uphold The Maritime Aquarium’s mission and values.
  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Currently enrolled in a relevant program at an accredited university, such as Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Environmental Education, Child Development, Environmental Studies, etc.
  • Problem solving, flexibility, time management and multi-tasking a must.

 

Special consideration given for:

  • Knowledge of local flora, fauna, and processes, especially those related to our coastal environment, or desire to learn.
  • Childcare and/or educational experience.
  • Spanish language ability.

 

Our Mission

Mission: The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education.

Contact Us

Open Daily 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Phone: (203) 852-0700

10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT 06854

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