Penguin Colony Intern

Apply now for: Fall 2019, Winter 2019/2020

Time commitment: 

Winter: 12-16 weeks. At least Two Full Days Per Week (8:00 am - 5:00 pm) 

*Please note: even with the Winter cycle, the time commintment is still 12 weeks*

Fall: 12-16 Weeks. At least Two Full Days Per Week (8:00 am-5:00 pm)


Summary: The New England Aquarium’s Penguin Colony is an open air, 150,000 gallon saltwater exhibit. It has 6 manmade islands with water temperatures ranging from 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit. It is home to multiple temperate climate penguin species.

Penguin Colony Interns assist the penguin staff with the daily husbandry and programming requirements for the exhibit.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:  

  • Prepare food twice a day for the penguins
  • Help maintain and organize food preparation area
  • Assist with the cleaning of the penguin exhibit and support area;  This involves washing/ scrubbing habitats and disinfecting materials
  • Assist the staff with feeding the penguins by recording daily intakes for individual birds and document observations of behaviors
  • Will be responsible for formal presentations given to the Aquarium’s visitors


  • Biology, Marine Science or Animal Science major preferred but not required; Previous experience with animals desired
  • This position requires extreme physical labor including crawling, lifting, bending, reaching, and scrubbing while rock-climbing; 90 % of this work is done wearing a coldwater neoprene SCUBA diving suit
  • This position involves heavy cleaning duties
  • It requires standing in 50-60 degree Fahrenheit water for at least 5-6 hours
  • Applicant must be able to lift 50 pounds
  • Due to the water level, applicants must be at least 5'4"

**** Because of the physical demands, this position may be difficult for people with active or former knee and back injuries.

Required Gear:

  • Wool socks
  • Long sleeve rash guards or lycra skins
  • Bathing suits


Special Note: In general, research proposals or semester projects will not be accepted.

To Apply: 


If you're applying for Fall 2019 cycle, please apply here. 

If you're applying for Winter 2019 cycle, please register an account  here then click “Submit an Application” in the menu bar. If you already have an account, please log in and click "Submit an Application."




Visit: Frequently Asked Questions

E-mail: intern@neaq.org

Applications should be submitted by*:

Spring: December 15th

Summer: January 31st


May 1st for the: Marine Mammal, Penguin Colony, Marine Mammal, and Sea Turtle Rescue, and Human Resources internships.

June 1st for all others

Winter: October 16th

given to candidates applying by this date. Full application details available here.

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