Fort Fisher Internships

We are not currently accepting intern Applications. 

Experience while exploring interests

Internships are available throughout the year for those seeking work experience or college credit. Qualified individuals are assigned to specific projects working alongside experienced Aquarium staff.

Education Interns assist staff with a variety of programs for the public. In addition to improving presentation skills, interns assist with program development. Other opportunities include exhibit interpreters for the Touch Tank and Sea Turtle Exhibit, small group tour guides, smart carts, presentations and classroom activities. Interns must show enthusiasm for educating Aquarium visitors. Excellent customer service skills and a positive attitude are a must. Education internships are paid and must be applied for here.

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

Dive Interns supporting Dive Operations through the formulation and enforcement of dive program policies, maintenance of equipment, in-water dive activities and diver training support. Additionally the intern may assist the Husbandry staff in caring for the animal collection. To be considered, applicants must be Open Water certified from a nationally recognized SCUBA agency, have current First Aid/Oxygen Admin/AED/CPR certification and dive physical, and possess good interpersonal communication skills.


Internship Deadlines

All internships are 8-12 weeks.

Summer (May-August)
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the summer 2020 internship program has been cancelled.
  • Interns are required to work a minimum of four 8-hour days, including one weekend day. This is a minimum. Many interns work a 40-hours per week during the summer internship.
Fall (September-December)
  • Applications must be received by Aug. 1. The application deadline for education internhips has been extended to Aug. 15.
  • Aquariology Interns work a minimum of 16 hours/week to include one weekend day. Education Interns work a minimum of 24 hours/week to include one weekend day. All shifts are 4 or more hours.
Spring (January-April)
  • Applications must be received by Dec. 1.
  • Aquariology Interns work a minimum of 16 hours/week to include one weekend day. Education Interns work a minimum of 24 hours/week to include one weekend day. All shifts are 4 or more hours.

Internship Details

  • Applications will not be accepted after the posted closing date for the internship period.
  • Applicants must meet the minimum time requirements of the internship.
  • The Aquarium may be able to assist with locations for housing but does not provide housing for interns. 
  • An internship is offered by The Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office (YAIO) under the NC Department of Administration and is available to NC resident students. See the YAIO website for details.
  • Applicants must be 18 years old or older.
  • Marine science knowledge is not required, but is considered.
  • See available paid interships on our employment page here.



To apply for an Education internship, go here.

To apply for an Aquariology or Dive internship, please send a completed Internship Application Form, cover letter, resume and a letter of recommendation to Volunteer Coordinator Dan Radley at [email protected] or mail to:
Dan Radley, Volunteer Coordinator
NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
900 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449

For information or questions regarding the internship program, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Dan Radley at [email protected] or call (910) 772-0506.


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