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
Animal Programs Internship - Now Recruiting!
Veterinary Technician Internship
Veterinary Preceptorship

Fall 2018 Internships – Now Recruiting!
Click here to submit an application.
Development Data and Research Intern
Great Lakes Action Days Intern
Human Resources - Diversity Recruiting Intern
Online Marketing and Promotions Intern
Organic, Sustainable Gardening - Horticulture Intern
Social Media Intern
Staff Training Intern
Volunteer Management Intern

How to apply

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

For all other internships, you may apply online or submit materials as detailed below.

Application Materials

• Completed application
• A cover letter
• A resume outlining your academic and professional experience
• Three (3) references we may contact
• Two (2) letters of recommendation

Completed Applications

Send your complete application packet to:

Electronic applications are preferred.

You may also mail or fax your application to:

Internship Program
Attn: Bridget Thornton
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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