Work. Study. Do both, assisting with animal care or in a variety of other positions, as a Shedd Aquarium intern.

You’ll learn from the pros. Our internships offer specific, in-depth experiences to college students interested in aquarium-related careers. Duration varies with the program, and preference is given to students currently enrolled in a degree program. We do require that applicants in the Marine Mammals department, Fishes department and laboratory be at least 18 years old.

Internships are on a volunteer basis. Some offer credit for academic programs.

Ongoing Internships:
Fishes Internship
Marine Mammals Internship
Veterinary Technician Internship
Veterinary Preceptorship
Donor Relations and Special Events Internship

Fall 2014 Internships
Learning Planning and Evaluation Internship
Online Marketing and Communications Internship
Events and Promotions Internship
Shedd Adventures Travel Program Internship

How to apply

If applying to Fishes, Marine Mammals, or Veterinary Services, please follow the application instructions outlined under each of those listings.

For all other internships, please see the materials required below.

Application Materials

• Completed Application

• A cover letter

• A resume outlining your academic and professional experience

• Two (2) letters of recommendation

Completed Applications

Send your complete application packet to:

You may also mail or fax your application to:

Internship Program
Attn: Volunteer Services
John G. Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

Fax: 312-939-4895


For more information, please email