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College students can explore their interests and gain practical work experience through an 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 internships. Our internships last for 10 weeks with possible evening, weekend and holiday work required. Start and end dates are flexible.

Summer 2023 SECU Public Fellows Internship Program (PFI): APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER 2023 ARE NOW CLOSED

The Public Service Fellows (PSF) Program began in 2014 with support from the State Employees Credit Union (SECU) Foundation. Since its inception, 156 undergraduate students have completed internships with 73 organizations located in 20 North Carolina counties. The goal of the program is to foster workplace experiences for undergraduates at ECU while helping rural communities build professional capacity to address public issues.

Up to 20 students will be chosen each year for SECU Public Fellow Internships (PFI). PFI participants will take part in 20 hours of leadership and professional development workshops in addition to the 330-hour PFI internship experience. Each student selected for the program receives a stipend of $4,645.

Applicants must complete a PFI application and submit a resume to be considered. Applications are available here. 
All students selected for the PFI program must have undergraduate status and meet the following eligibility requirements by the internship start date:
•    North Carolina resident 
•    Good academic standing
•    Completion of at least 60 semester credit hours (classified as upcoming Junior or Senior)
•    Not graduating prior to the internship end date

Summer 2023 State of NC Internship Programs: APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER 2023 ARE NOW CLOSED

Governed by the NC Department of Administration’s Council for Women and Youth Involvement, the annual North Carolina Internship Program offers a 10-week, paid internship for North Carolina residents who are attending college, interested in careers in state government. 2023 State of North Carolina internship applicants must be a permanent North Carolina resident attending a college, university, law school, community college or technical institute in North Carolina or a North Carolina resident attending an equivalent institution out of state. 

Animal Husbandry and Horticulture Internship(In person, $12/hour)
Interns will assist the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island’s husbandry and horticulture staff with all aspects of animal care, animal welfare, and conservation horticulture while contributing to the daily operation of a public aquarium featuring North Carolina’s aquatic environments. The care of the living collections supports the Aquarium’s mission to inspire appreciation and conservation of North Carolina’s environments and ecosystems.

Marine Education Internship (In person, $12/hour)
Interns will use programming to achieve the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island's mission: to inspire appreciation and conservation or our aquatic environments. Programming includes animal encounters, theater programs, touch pools, dive presentations and possibly outdoor programs. The Aquarium education team aims to incorporate conservation messaging asking our visitors to conserve nature.

Special Activities Programs Internship (In person, $12/hour)
The Special Activity Programs Intern will educate Aquarium visitors through fun activities in an effort to "inspire appreciation and conservation of North Carolina's aquatic environments." This intern will be immersed in indoor and outdoor environmental education and Summer Day Camp teaching experiences with groups of all ages.

The Historically Black Colleges/Universities (HBCU) & Minority Institutions of Higher Education (MIHE) Internship is a paid, ten-week program designed to expose, engage and educate students by giving them tangible, real-world experience with various divisions within the department. We have partnered with North Carolina’s HBCUs and MIHEs to provide this opportunity to rising Juniors, Seniors and Graduate Students. Interns work 40 hours per week for 10 weeks in the summer.  Essential components of the program include professional development, leadership training and networking opportunities.  

Candidates interested in these opportunities should complete an application and submit their application, resume, as well as a cover letter and transcript to [email protected]

Requirements of this internship program:

  • Must have a cover letter and transcript attached with resume.
  • Must have a 2.5 or higher GPA
  • Must be a current student attending a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) or a Minority Institution of Higher Education (MIHE) in the state of North Carolina
  • Or be a Resident of North Carolina and attend an HBCU/MIHE in another State.

Must work 40 hours per week for 10 weeks in the summer and will be paid $15.00 per hour

Education Internship (In person, $15/hour)
In this education internship, the incumbent will learn the philosophy of an animal welfare, handling, and interpretation to the public. The intern will use this knowledge to inform the research and presentation of educational programming in various capacities throughout our facility.

Special Activities Programs Internship: (In person, $15/hour)
The special activities intern will gain teaching experience with families and summer campers, practical work experience, and exposure to skills in a non-traditional marine science setting.