Internships allow interested and qualified college students to explore their interests and gain practical work experience.

Internships are available throughout the year to interested students over 18 seeking work experience or college credit. Qualified individuals are assigned to specific projects working along side experienced Aquarium staff.

Internships are unpaid; however, all necessary training is provided. Prior marine science knowledge is not required but always appreciated.

Interns typically commit to three full-days each week. Those unable to work for that amount of time can still gain experience by joining the volunteer program.

Internship Job Descriptions

Education Interns assist education staff with a variety of programs for the public. In addition to improving presentation skills, these interns assist with program development to add to the department’s selection of offerings. Other opportunities include exhibit interpreters for the Touch Tank and Let’s Talk Turtle Exhibit, small group tour guides, smart carts and presentations, and classroom activities. Education interns must be willing and able to relate to the public and have a tolerance for large school groups. Excellent customer service skills are a must. Click here for Education Intern Requirements.

Aquariology Interns are instrumental in the general maintenance of filtration systems as well as both freshwater and saltwater exhibits. They assist aquarists with tasks such as diet preparation, feeding animals, cleaning tanks, and monitoring water conditions. Other duties may include performing routine water changes, maintenance of back-up areas, record keeping and data entry. Click here for Aquariology Intern Requirements.

Administration Interns assist Special Events, Public Relations, and Visitors Services to complete projects and assignments. These projects provide opportunities for qualified interns to gain valuable experience in the unique Aquarium setting. Administration interns are expected to be meticulous and professional. Creativity is a must. A four-month commitment is required.

Horticulture Interns assist with plant care. This includes planting, watering, mulching, fertilizing, inspecting, identifying and labeling different species, controlling pests, and cleaning exhibits. Horticulture volunteers should have a basic knowledge of plant care and be willing to learn about needs of plant specimens. Must be physically able to work and lift some heavy materials.

Design Interns
assist staff with all Aquarium designs and graphics. These opportunities include facilitating and coordinating projects involving exhibits, interior design, exterior projects, signage, the appearance of public spaces, AV projects, DVD production, and short term and long range planning. Design interns must be prepared to bring new and creative ideas with them that will benefit the Aquarium.

If you have any questions regarding our internship program, please contact the Education Department at  (910) 458-8257 ext. 232.

How to Apply for an Internship

Applications are accepted from people 18 and above. Please complete the internship application form for the internship position you are interested in. Send an application, along with a cover letter, resume, and reference letter to the following address:

Volunteer Services Coordinator
NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
900 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449