Pine Knoll Shores Students

Pine Knoll Shores Students

opportunities for students

Applications to all of these programs should be submitted at least six weeks before the preferred volunteer date. Please note that applying for any of the high school volunteer programs does not guarantee acceptance. Please read each section carefully as opportunities may be different this year. 


A limited number of college internships in Education and Husbandry are available each year at the Aquarium. The deadline for summer positions is in early March. Check the Pine Knoll Shores section of the employment listings page for application guidelines.

The North Carolina Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office (NCYAIO) also sometimes offers internships at the Aquarium. The deadline each year is in mid-January. Interested students –  visit the NCYAIO website for qualifications, requirements, and application information.

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Job Shadow Program

Check back for Fall 2022/Spring 2023 
School-required Community service

Program runs October-May
The North Carolina Aquarium offers students in grades 9 – 12 the opportunity to fulfill the requirements for Senior Projects and other school-based community services through its job shadowing program.  The Aquarium offers job shadowing opportunities of either 8 or 15 hours during the school year, September-April.  Job shadowing is not available during the summer.   

In the course of a job shadow, a student receives a broad overview of Aquarium operations and exhibits.  Each student works with a variety of staff and volunteers in several different departments, including Education and Husbandry, learning about many different aspects of animal life and habitats.  We cannot tailor a job shadow to a student’s senior project topic. For more information please contact Volunteer Coordinator Aly Mack at 252-247-4003 x286

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Please check back for the 2023 session

Through instructor-led group activities and hands-on experiences, participants in this program will learn about the diverse marine life along our coast and how to take an active role in protecting species and habitats. Teen Ambassadors, led by Aquarium staff, will meet twice a month for a program that will inspire a sense of wonder while building and strengthening relationships with like-minded youth. This program focuses on leadership, public speaking, community service, and presentation skills in a fun and exciting way. This program is open to grades 7-10, requires participation two Saturdays a month from October to May. Please contact [email protected] for more information on the program and how to register.  

AQUARIUM Teen Volunteer Programs

Be sure to check out our junior volunteer opportunities at the aquarium. We offer summer and year-round opportunities. 

  • Interns get hands-on experience.
  • Interns get hands-on experience.
  • Interns get hands-on experience.
  • Junior Volunteers help with special events.
  • Junior Volunteers help at the Aquarium
  • 2016 Junior Volunteers
  • 2016 Education Interns
  • 2016 Husbandry Interns

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