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An intern lends a hand in Shedd's vegetable garden.
Volunteer talks to children at Stingray Touch.

Learn from the pros

Learn and practice new skills under the guidance of Shedd staff. Gain insight into the behind-the-scenes operations that support Shedd’s mission. Connect with others passionate about the natural world.

We welcome applications from all levels of experience, including those seeking career exploration or changes, gap year students, freshmen, sophomores, and those seeking first internships.

All internships are unpaid. Interns are responsible for securing their own housing accommodations and transport. Shedd Aquarium is accessible via public transit.


What are the benefits of being a Shedd intern?

  • Admission to the aquarium and other cultural institutions
  • The chance to see how Shedd works behind the scenes
  • Gift shop and café discounts and discounted parking while interning
  • Helping to spark compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world
  • Meeting a diverse group of staff members, interns and guests who share a passion for aquatic life

Internship opportunities

  • Fishes
  • Marine Mammals
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Conservation
  • Human Resources
  • Development

Offerings vary by season


Veterinary Opportunities

Click on the descriptions below to learn more about our veterinary-based opportunities. Please review carefully as these programs have specific education requirements.


Veterinary Technician Internship

This career learning experience allows veterinary technician interns to learn and participate in the day to day workings of an aquarium animal hospital, which provides care for a large collection of fishes, marine and terrestrial mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and invertebrates. Working closely with veterinary technicians and veterinarians, they will experience and assist in exotic animal medicine including routine health care, treatments, and procedures.

Learn More , on the Veterinary Technician Internship page

Veterinary Preceptorship

This career learning experience offers veterinary students exposure to the veterinary management of a large and diverse collection of fishes, marine and terrestrial mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and invertebrates. Students will accompany the staff of the A. Watson Armour III Center for Animal Health and Welfare as they practice exotic animal medicine including routine health care, treatments, and procedures.

Learn More , on the Veterinary Preceptorship page