The Marine Mammals department at Shedd Aquarium consists of four animal teams. Three teams focus on birds and marine mammals, and one focuses on our interactive animal ambassador program. Interns support the daily operations of the department.
We offer two exciting internship opportunities, one focused on marine mammals and one focused on animal ambassador programming. Marine mammals interns help care for Pacific white-sided dolphins, beluga whales, northern and southern sea otters, California sea lions, three species of birds of prey, and rockhopper and Magellanic penguins. Animal ambassador program interns work with various species of birds, reptiles, invertebrates and terrestrial mammals.
These internships are designed to be career learning experiences that offer exposure to animal husbandry, positive reinforcement training, animal behavior and the chance to complete an individual observational or research project. Interns master food prep, recordkeeping and the basics of caring for and feeding animals. They have opportunities to exercise leadership and communication skills and join a network of professionals caring for animals in Chicago and across the country.