Aquarium Internship

About the Aquarium Internship

The Greensboro Science Center is looking for one qualified intern for a summer 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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"My internship at the Greensboro Science Center has been invaluable. Here, I have gained excellent hands-on experience that has equipped me with the tools necessary to be successful in this field. All of the GSC staff have taken an active role in teaching me, as well as providing guidance and insight into what it takes to be in the animal care field. I was also able to witness and be a part of many exciting animal care opportunities not many people get a chance to be involved with. Overall this internship was a major part in shaping me into the aquarist I am today."

-Jailynn C., Intern, then Aquarist, Fall 2017
  • 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 May and continue through August.
Ed Parsons, Curator of Fishes
Karla Jeselson, Senior Aquarist
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 60 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)
  • Ideal candidates 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 pm on Thursday, March 15. 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 April 15