Roanoke Island Internships

Unpaid Internship opportunities

College students can explore their interests and gain practical work experience through an unpaid internship. Interns are an integral part of our staff and assist with all aspects of Aquarium operations. You must be at least 18 years old to apply for all of our unpaid internships. Typically, our unpaid internships last for 10 weeks with possible evening, weekend and holiday work required. Start and end dates are flexible.
Internship Application  


Summer Internship Application (Education, Special Activities and Horticulture): March 15, 2018

Email your application along with a cover letter and résumé to our Volunteer Coordinator at or send it to the following address:

Volunteer Services Coordinator
NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island
P.O. Box 967
Manteo, NC 27954


Summer Public Programs interns will gain skills in conducting education programs on a variety of marine and freshwater topics including sharks, sea turtles, snakes and more. Interns will be trained on handling live animals and how to effectively do presentations for the public with our animal ambassadors. Other areas in which interns will receive training include but are not limited to interpreting at our interactive touch pools, staffing discovery carts, interpreting during feeding presentations, and answering questions in various galleries. Qualifications: Currently enrolled in college-level coursework; candidates must be working toward a degree in Biology, Marine Sciences, Natural Resources, Environmental Education, Parks and Recreation, Teaching or a related field. 

Special Activities

Our goal is to change visitors’ lives by increasing their self-worth and their ability to work together with others, while emphasizing environmental stewardship and experiential learning by placing visitors in a natural environment where they can learn first-hand about their vital relationship with the environment. Spring interns (March-May) will focus on learning and leading hands-on, experiential, educational and outdoor courses such as overnight stays at the Aquarium, special fee educational programs, school group programs and birthday parties. Summer interns will be teaching pre-approved curriculum, facilitating team-building and conducting indoor and outdoor activities such as summer camps, kayak eco-tours, beach ecology trips, marsh explorations, animal feeding programs, themed birthday parties and overnight stays at the Aquarium.


Daily routine may include (but is not limited to) watering, weed control, pest monitoring and control, installing new plants, rotating seasonal exhibit plants, pruning, soil preparation, mulching and propagation. Work areas will include the Aquarium’s greenhouse, nursery, wildflower meadow, indoor exhibits, exhibit support areas and the outdoor landscaping and demonstration gardens. Daily tasks will vary depending on weather and seasonal needs. Field work opportunities, such as native plant surveys and seed collection, are possible. The intern will also work on a special project designed in cooperation with the Horticulturist which will focus on an area of special concern for NC Aquarium Horticulture.

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