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Conservation Education Intern

Apply now for: Fall 2024

*Fall applicaitons will be available in April. Winter & Spring Applications will be available in August.

Time commitment:

12-16 Weeks. At least Three Full Days Per Week (8:00 am-5:00 pm), one weekend day required.

Summer: 12-16 Weeks. Three full days per week (9:00am-6:00pm) with one day being Saturday or Sunday.


The Conservation Education intern interacts with guests to the Aquarium to provide informational and entertaining content regarding exhibits, conservation, and the work of the Aquarium in presenting, promoting, and protecting the world of water. Interns provide interpretation of the different galleries in the Aquarium, connecting people to the exhibits and creating a learning environment that supports the goals of the institution.


  • Provide educational interpretation to Aquarium guests
  • Ensure the safety of both guests and animals at interactive animal exhibits and throughout the building
  • Work with a wide range of ages from young children to adults
  • Give formal and informal presentations on various topics to groups ranging in size from 2-300
  • Assist with special thematic programming
  • Support the training of volunteers and teen interns while evaluating programs and performance
  • Help to develop/update programs and presentations that focus on specific topics or exhibits
  • There are also occasional opportunities to interact with other aquarium departments including Marine Mammals, the Animal Medical Center, Giant Ocean Tank, etc.
  • Attend two professional development lunches with the Volunteer Programs and Internships Office


  • Must have coursework in Education, Human Development, Drama, Environmental Science, Communication, or Biology
  • Must have an interest in learning about all aspects of marine life and the oceans
  • Must possess a sense of curiosity and a desire to share with others
  • Must be willing to interact with large numbers of Aquarium guests of various ages and to handle animals
  • Must have strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Must be able to work individually as well as with a team

*All interns will be given training in interpretation, public speaking, marine life, and the handling of live animals.

Organizational Description:

The New England Aquarium is a catalyst for global change through public engagement and education, commitment to marine animal conservation, innovative scientific research, and effective advocacy for a vital and vibrant ocean.

Departmental Description:

The role of the Conservation Learning Department is to ensure that all Aquarium guests will have an engaging, logistically smooth, and educational experience so that they will leave the Aquarium knowledgeable about what’s happening in the world’s ocean and the role they can play in making positive changes, and they are inspired to take action to support the blue planet.

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