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 Marine Mammal Training Intern

Apply now for: Fall 2024

*Fall applications will be available in April. Spring and Winter applications will be available in August.

Time commitment:

14-week minimum commitment, 3-4 days per week, 7:30am-4:30pm, one weekend day required, preference for either Sunday-Tuesday or Thursday-Saturday. 

Second semester interns must be available for a minimum of an additional 12 weeks


The Marine Mammal Department maintains two outdoor pinniped exhibits featuring Atlantic harbor seals and California sea lions. The Marine Mammal Internship Program is designed to be a career learning experience and is best suited for individuals serious about careers in marine mammal training and aquatic animal welfare.

Interns assist training staff in all aspects of animal welfare with a strong emphasis on operant conditioning, training techniques, marine mammal husbandry, and enrichment. Interns play an integral role assisting staff during training sessions and presentations, and work in close proximity to the animals.

Second semester interns will have additional responsibilities and more advanced curriculum and mentoring.

Duties/Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Diet preparation
  • Cleaning exhibits, behind the scenes areas, and items used in training and enrichment sessions
  • Mentorship with training staff
  • Assisting trainers during training sessions and presentations
  • Readings and activities related to training and animal welfare topics
  • Creating toys for the animals
  • Conducting enrichment sessions
  • Public presentations
  • Interact informally with Aquarium visitors
  • Behavioral observations
  • Individual project and presentation

Second semester interns will have additional responsibilities including

  • Additional public presentations
  • Marine mammal blogs
  • Animal identification, data and media organization
  • Animal training problem solving activities
  • Shadow/conduct Behind the Scenes Tours
  • Develop enrichment concepts and catalog enrichment data


  • Candidates must be at least 18 years old and have a serious interest in a career working with marine animals
  • Interns must feel comfortable bending and walking on uneven and wet terrain and be able to lift 50 lbs
  • Comfortable using a substantial amount of cleaning with various cleaning agents
  • Comfortable being exposed to all weather conditions
  • Knowledge and understanding of power tool safety is an essential requirement

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.

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