Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) offers structured internships to current full-time or part-time college students (or recent graduates within 12 months of course completion) that will directly benefit their education and ultimately their career. We offer full-time internships in the following areas:
HR & Volunteer Management
The primary role of the HR/Volunteer Management Intern is to assist with the design, implementation, and management of the HR/volunteer program. You will assist with the HR Administrator/Volunteer Coordinator's chief responsibility of managing the HR/volunteer program, which includes marketing and recruitment; scheduling and supervision. As a HR/Volunteer Management intern, the need to handle community relations is of key importance. You will assist with management of all volunteer program-related communications, and special events as well other duties and tasks as assigned. Candidates applying for this position should posses the following:
Applicants should be pursuing a degree in HR or Volunteer Management.
The Marketing &Advertising Assistant position at CMA will be a once in a lifetime experience for the student chosen to intern during this exciting time at CMA. Filming of Dolphin Tale, a major motion picture has just completed and there are opportunities to work in many areas of marketing, including the potential to assist in a Warner Bros. multi-million dollar campaign. This opening has potential to grow a students' knowledge of marketing on a national level as well as participate in a cause-based capital campaign marketing effort. It is a ONCE in a lifetime internship where student will engage in the following educational experiences:
Duties and Responsibilities:
Aquatics interns will assist in maintaining the water quality and appearance for all the exhibits at our facility. This includes daily water quality testing, recordkeeping, backwashing, plumbing and maintenance of filters and pumps, and caring for animals in fish systems including sharks, stingrays and other fish. Candidates should be pursuing a degree in chemistry, engineering, marine biology, or another related field.
The Education Department at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium offers a wide variety of opportunities for students interested in educating in a non-traditional setting. Throughout the course of the internship, students will learn how the aquarium works as a whole by interacting with all departments to provide an informative yet fun experience for hundreds of guests daily. Using the draw of our marine animal ambassadors, interns will work with staff to educate school groups and the public about marine life, conservation, and sustainability. Summer participants in the internship program also work closely with our camp program. Upon completing the internship, all Education interns will have gained experience in public speaking, classroom presentations and management, science education instruction, and guest relations.
Duties and Responsibilities: Interns assist staff with all Educational Programs, including school tours and lectures, online distance learning, and off-site presentations. Interns will also represent Clearwater Marine Aquarium at various festivals in the Tampa Bay area. Interns will act as crew for the aquarium's boating eco-tours, which utilize research net pulls to educate the public on marine life and ecosystems. Summer interns will actively participate in CMA's popular summer camp program, which involves classroom teaching and snorkeling in our local waters to provide campers with hands-on learning.
Qualifications: Candidates should be pursuing a degree in education, marine science, biology, environmental science, or other related fields. Public speaking skills or previous education experience preferred, however all college-level aspiring educators are encouraged to apply.
Guest Relations interns will assist in the daily operations of ticketing or operations.
Ticketing: The candidate will assist in greeting guests and explaining the programs that we offer such as Behind the Scenes tours, Sea Life Safari boat trips, and Animal Encounter programs. Interns will sell memberships, photo opportunities, boat trips, and animal adoptions . They will also educate the public on the mission of Clearwater Marine Aquarium and ensure guest satisfaction. Candidates should have computer knowledge as they will be working on a reservation system. This intern will be directly assisting the Guest Services Director and should be pursuing a Hospitality or related degree.
Operations: The candidate will greet and direct guests as needed while providing superior customer service. Duties will include monitoring ticketing, boats, trolley lines and entry/exits. Interns will interact with guest daily providing information to visitors about both Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Winters Dolphin Tale Adventure and educating the public on our mission. Candidates should be outgoing and enjoy working with the public. This intern will be working with the Assistant Vice President of Guest Relations and should be pursuing a Hospitality or related degree.
Hospitality interns assist in the daily operations of the Hospitality department. This is a fast-paced position that works heavily with all other departments. Interns work side by side with staff and volunteers to ensure that our guests have a positive experience while visiting CMA. Interns act as tour guides on Behind the Scenes tours, engage guests at all of our exhibits, answer questions, and provide information about CMA and our mission. Interns will also engage with guests at our new facility, Winter's Dolphin Tale Adventure, which requires in-depth knowledge of the film Dolphin Tale. Interns directly assist the Director of Hospitality and may be asked to help with special projects as needed in addition to regular duties. Candidates should be able to speak on a microphone to make announcements, give short presentations, and provide information as needed. Heavy guest contact is required on a daily basis. Candidates should be outgoing, willing to engage guests throughout the day, and comfortable with public speaking. Candidates should also be pursuing a Hospitality or related degree.
Marine Mammal Training
The Marine Mammal Training internship at Clearwater Marine Aquarium is designed to give students an inside look into what it takes to care for marine animals, with emphasis on Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins and North American River Otters. We use training as a way to stimulate our animals since they can never rejoin their counterparts in the open ocean. Our animals are trained for medical management behaviors, like blood draw, gastric and fecal samples, and even ultrasound. We also train mentally stimulating behaviors like mimicking and match-to-sample behaviors to challenge their intelligence and the ‘fun' aerial behaviors such as bows, somersaults and speed swims to give them the same physical workout they would receive in the wild. During your internship, you will learn how to prepare diets, maintain exhibits, provide enrichment and mental stimulation, keep behavioral records, and give public presentations to educate our visitors about these amazing animals and environmental conservation. You will also learn how trainers use principles such as positive reinforcement, classical conditioning and shaping to train these animals. Due to the fact that internships are custom designed to each individual's skill level, you may or may not have the opportunity to assist trainers in behaviors, or even maintain some established behaviors by the end of your internship. Candidates should be able to perform physically demanding duties and be enrolled in a four-year college program in psychology, biology, marine biology or another related field and have some hands-on animal experience, such as volunteering at an animal shelter or completing other marine mammal internships at other facilities. SCUBA, First Aid and CPR certification is also a plus.
Do you want to learn more about non-profit management? If so, spend some time interning with the Development Director and Marketing Manager learning the ins and outs of the non-profit world. Some of the duties will include: data entry, donor software management and list maintenance, donor recognition, donor level benefit assigning, special event coordination, off site representation, hotel marketing, advertising pitches and general administrative duties. Candidates should be pursuing a degree in management, development or marketing.
Sea Turtle Nesting (Summer Internship ONLY)
The Sea Turtle Nesting internship is designed to give college students an up close and personal look into sea turtles and their annual nesting patterns. Staff and interns will patrol over 26 miles of beach every morning to search for sea turtle tracks, a sign that a female has laid a nest. The interns will be required to assist in sighting nests, marking and caging nests, collecting and entering scientific data, assisting hatchlings to the ocean after hatching, and public education. Candidates should be able to work early morning and late night shifts and be currently enrolled in a four-year college program in biology, marine biology, environmental science, ecology or another related field.
Sea Turtle Rehabilitation
The Sea turtle Rehabilitation internship gives students a hands-on learning experience caring for sea turtles currently undergoing rehabilitation as well as sea turtles who remain as permanent residents at CMA. Students will be able to assist in diet preparation, feeding records, exhibit maintenance, medical examinations and procedures as well as enrichment. Interns will also assist in giving public presentation to guests of CMA to educate them about these protected and endangered species. Candidates should be able to perform physically demanding duties and be currently enrolled in a four-year college program in veterinary science, biology, marine biology, environmental science, or another related field.
The Stranding Team Internship program at Clearwater Marine Aquarium provides interns with a unique opportunity to gain hands on experience in the response of live and dead dolphins, whales, sea turtles, and North American river otters. The Stranding Team seeks enthusiastic, dedicated, and hardworking individuals who are interested in promoting wildlife conservation through stranding efforts.
- Strong writing, communication, and organizational skills
- Enrolled or a graduate from a four-year college program pertaining to the field
- Physically capable of lifting up to 50lbs
- Flexible hours (e.g., possibly working on weekends and after hours)
- Previous experience in animal care or the marine science field is preferred
- Responding to stranding events through first response, triage, crowd control, monitoring, transport, data collection, rehabilitation, release, carcass recovery, and/or necropsy as well through following sanitation and quarantine protocols. It is important to note that stranding events are variable and are thus not guaranteed.
- Monitoring the 24-hour Emergency Stranding Hotline
- Narrating for workshops, aquarium presentations, and outreach events
- Assisting with the maintenance of stranding facilities, equipment, and supplies
- Participating in the care of resident aquatic mammals through diet preparation and conducting ethograms
- Completing assigned internship projects (e.g., developing presentations, leading outreach events, etc.)
This internship will be based in Retail Visual Merchandising and entails working in our retail stores in conjunction with the Director of Retail Sales and Buyer of Merchandise. This role involves a general physical work and creativity; you will based at our Winter's Dolphin Tale Adventure location and support all retail outlets as needed. The internship must be available five days a week and requires a flexible schedule. This is a great way for a student or trainee in Retail Visual Merchandising to learn from an organization which takes pride in its visual and presentation of our brand image to our overall guest experience.
Candidates must be enrolled as a student at an accredited school that requires intern work experience. Candidates must be passionate about customer service and express interest in learning about the retail industry. Candidates must be detail oriented, independent workers with strong communication, organization and display or merchandising skills.
Applications should posses the following qualifications: Some background knowledge of marine aquarium keeping. Broad knowledge of ecological and biological principles relating to marine habitats. Desire to work closely with marine fish and invertebrates. Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds. Willingness to get wet and dirty. SCUBA certification recommended but not required. Posses a valid drivers license.
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TO APPLY FOR AN INTERNSHIP
Please submit a completed - Internship Application - Resume - Cover Letter - Letter of Reference - and $25 to process your application.
Checks and money orders should be made out to Clearwater Marine Aquarium. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED, PLEASE SEND ALL OF THE ABOVE LISTED ITEMS TOGETHER. We do accept international applicants.
Complete applications should be sent via mail to: Clearwater Marine Aquarium 249 Windward Passage Clearwater, Florida 33767 Attention: Dawn De Santis, Assistant VP of Guest Relations/Human Resource
Internship Season Approx. Start & End Dates* Application Due Date
SPRING: January – May
Applications Due: October 1st
SUMMER: May – August
Applications Due: February 1st
FALL: August – January
Applications Due: June 1st
*Start and end dates are flexible to accommodate your school schedule.
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Internships are unpaid, housing is not provided. Interns commit to 5 days a week for a period of approximately 4 months. International applications are accepted.
If you have any questions about the Clearwater Marine Aquarium's Internship Program, please contact Dawn DeSantis, our Assistant VP of Guest Relations/Human Resource, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 727-441-1790 x230. Thank you for your interest in our facility and good luck!