The selected candidate is responsible for behavioral observations on our dolphin colony. This internship’s primary purpose is to gather data on our dolphins that our marine mammal and animal health staff can utilize to continue to provide the best possible animal welfare for our Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins. Throughout the program, the candidate will have the opportunity to learn about dolphin behavior, social structure, and natural history from our team of experts. There is limited hands-on animal contact during the internship.

Essential Functions:

  • Record behavioral observations on our dolphin colony.
  • Complete charts or graphs based on observations for medically complex animals.
  • Complete computer Animal Welfare Trak program weekly, alongside marine mammal trainer.
  • At the completion of the program, the intern will give a 15 minute presentation based on the information they learned and what they participated in over the course of the internship.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • College junior or senior majoring in life science, psychology, or related field preferred.
  • Must have good swimming skills and be able to lift 50 pounds. Preferred: comfortable in small spaces, using a ladder, and prepared to work in wet or slippery conditions.
  • Must work well as a team member.
  • Computer skills with Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as working knowledge of tablet or camera recording usage preferred.
  • Must be willing to work 40 hours/week for 3 weeks. All interns must complete a minimum of 120 hours.
  • Must include a letter from your academic advisor expressing support for the internship, either with receipt of credit or outlining how the internship will benefit your academic studies and career goals.
  • Preference is given to candidates demonstrating intent to pursue a career in marine mammal training or research.

Internships at the National Aquarium provide hands-on and minds-on experiences that add value to any college education. Applying classroom knowledge, interns obtain valuable job experience and establish professional contacts.

College internship positions are available year-round in many departments throughout the Aquarium. The Aquarium makes every effort to match interns to work that complements their studies, interests, and skills. Students may apply for up to two internships per term; if more than two applications are submitted, only the first two will be considered.

The National Aquarium is committed to diversity and invites individuals who bring a diversity of culture, experience and ideas to apply.