Aquarium Internship

About the Aquarium Internship

The Greensboro Science Center is looking for one qualified intern for a spring aquarium internship. Interns will assist aquarium staff in all aspects of daily animal husbandry and care working with a collection of freshwater and marine fishes including sharks and stingrays. Interns should expect to learn AZA skills to prepare them for a full time career in this highly competitive field.


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“Before my internship at the GSC, I knew that I wanted to be an animal keeper, but I didn't really understand how to make that a reality or how the field works. The staff at the GSC taught me what to expect in the field and gave me an outline of how I could achieve my goals. It is thanks to that initial internship that I have had success in this field.”

-Erin H., Zoo Intern, then Aquarist, Fall 2014
  • completing daily observations of animals
  • cleaning exhibits and holding tanks
  • preparing diets and assisting with feedings
  • Life Support System maintenance
  • record keeping
  • water quality testing and evaluation
  • ensuring personal and animal safety by following established protocols
  • learning modern practices that adhere to USDA and AZA standards
Aquarium Interns, when possible, are typically on site for a 40 hour, 5 day schedule. Still in school? We’ll work around your schedule, as long as you have at least 3 full days available during the week/weekend. The selected applicant will be expected to start in January and continue through May.
Ed Parsons, Curator of Fishes
Gustave Stout, Senior Aquarist
Full and part time aquarists
  • Interns must be able to work in a team environment as well as independently, and must have good communication skills
  • Interns must be detail oriented, excellent listeners who can abide by rules and protocols for their own safety—as well as the safety of the animals in their care
  • Interns must be able to lift 50 lbs, climb ladders, and be able to perform physical work outside in wet conditions
  • Interns must complete all intern paperwork and pass a background check
  • Interns must have proof of a current TB test (within the past year)
  • Interns must have college level schooling in marine biology or any other animal related field AND 6 months related animal care experience
  • Preference will be given to senior level or recent college graduates pursuing a career in the public aquarium industry

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and list of 3 people who can provide professional references for you (you do not need to submit the actual references) to by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 1. Please combine all three documents into one document with a file name that indicates your name and the internship you are applying for. Example John_Smith_Zoo_Internship. No phone calls please. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Internship opportunities are unpaid and housing opportunities are unavailable.

Due to the large number of applications we typically receive, only selected applicants will be contacted for interviews. Final selections will be made no later than November 30.