Shedd Aquarium Marine Mammals Internship
The marine mammal intern program is designed to be a career learning experience. Interns will gain firsthand experience in data collection, food preparation, and marine mammal husbandry. Where appropriate, interns may take part in interactions with cetaceans, pinnipeds, otters, and penguins, but animal contact is minimal. The intern works toward accomplishing a special research, observational, or school project.
Internships are available in winter, spring, summer and fall.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Preference is given to those currently studying a related marine-science field or those who have just completed one (seniors and recent graduates preferred).
- Cleaning: Approximately 55 percent of the time is spent maintaining a clean and healthy environment for the animals, staff, and public.
- Food preparation: Approximately 25 percent of the time is spent preparing diets for all the animals. This includes thawing, sorting, weighing, cutting, formula preparation, and vitamin administration.
- Recordkeeping: Approximately 5 percent of the time is spent maintaining records of respiration, job duties accomplished, and other records that are assigned by the Marine Mammal staff.
- Public interactions: Approximately 5 percent of the time is spent interacting with the public and answering guests' questions.
- Special project: Approximately 5 percent of the time is spent working toward accomplishing a special project. This may be a requirement of the school, or may be assigned by the supervisor.
- Completed and signed application
- Resume indicating education and employment experiences.
- Cover letter indicating reasons for interest in an internship with our program.
- Letters of reference from at least three individuals who can vouch for your character and/or work ethic. Please ask them to include contact information in their letters.
HOW TO APPLY
To be considered for the Marine Mammals Internship, please send completed application packet to:
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Attn: Elizabeth Braik
Marine Mammals Department
1200 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
Your packet may also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.