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 for Animal Care Internships be at least 18 years old.

Internships are unpaid. Some schools may offer credit for academic programs.

Animal Care Internships:
Fishes Internship
Marine Mammals Internship
Veterinary Technician Internship
Veterinary Preceptorship

Summer 2017 Internships:
Communications & Public Relations Intern
Learning Biofacts Internship
Major Gifts Intern
Market Research Intern
Microbiome Project Intern
Organic, Sustainable Garden - Horticulture Intern
Special Events & Donor Relations Intern
Volunteer Services Intern
Staff Training Intern

How to apply

For Animal Care Internships, please follow the application instructions outlined within 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

• Three (3) references we may contact

Completed Applications

Send your complete application packet to:

Electronic applications are preferred.

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: 312-663-0971


For more information, please email

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