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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: Tanya Salvey
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. 15
Summer: April 15
Fall: Aug. 1

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.
  • Student must provide vaccination history, including a negative TB test in the last 6 months.

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