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.  Housing and transportation are not provided.  Documentation for school credit provided upon request.

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

General Shedd Internships:
Fall internship applications are now open. Apply Now!

Past internships have included:
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.

Required Materials

• A cover letter
• A resume outlining your academic and professional experience
• List of references if indicated on application form
• 2-3 letters of recommendation depending on internship

Application Deadlines

See postings for Internship deadlines.



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