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Shedd vet techs performing an exam on a turtle.
Shedd vet techs performing a surgery on a stingray.
Shedd vet techs performing an ultrasound on a dolphin in the Abbott Oceanarium

How to apply

To be considered for a veterinary technician internship, send an application packet containing all the required items to [email protected]

You can also mail your application to:
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Veterinary Technician Internship Program
Attn: Rachel Parchem
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

Required materials

  • Letter of intent
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Desired start and end dates (no November-February dates, please)

Application Deadlines

Spring: Jan. 5
Summer: Jan. 5

Qualifications and requirements

Enrollment in an accredited veterinary technician program.

  • Eight- to 10-week time commitment (five days weekly, eight hours a day)
  • Weekend availability may be required as weekly schedules often include one weekend day.

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