The Great Lakes Aquarium’s Husbandry Internship program is designed as a volunteer career learning experience for those with a strong desire to move into the aquarium or zoo field as a career path. Interns will gain firsthand experience in aquarium husbandry, food preparation, enrichment, exhibit maintenance, water quality, animal handling and health, and record keeping.

If this internship is for college credit, there will be a project culminating in a permanent fixture at the Great Lakes Aquarium. We will try to accommodate school requirements for those who can earn class credit for internships. Applicant must be at least eighteen years of age or older. This is an unpaid position and there is no housing provided.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

Requests for internship positions are evaluated on experience (professional and/or volunteer), academic achievement, interview success, willingness, and ability to make a commitment to the program and positions available. By successfully completing this internship, students demonstrate responsibility, reliability, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

Organization Details

Great Lakes Aquarium 353 Harbor Drive Duluth, Minnesota Website

Number of Position Openings: 3

How to Apply

Please check out our volunteer/ intern page. We have additional internships including an animal care/dive Iinternship. Fill out the appropriate application and email to me along with a resume and cover letter! Positions are open until filled. Priority deadlines are:

  • Fall internship: Priority is Aug 1.
  • Spring internship deadline: Priority Dec 1
  • Summer internship deadline: Priority April 1

Application Deadline: December 1, 2018

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Laura Jorissen