About Shedd


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.


More than 360 volunteers help with animal care, while 149 teach classes and conduct other educational programs.

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