Internships at the National Aquarium provide hands-on experiences that add value to any college education. By applying classroom knowledge, interns obtain valuable job experience and establish professional contacts.

College internship positions are available year-round in many departments throughout the Aquarium. The Aquarium makes every effort to match interns to work that complements their studies, interests and skills. Please note: Interns must receive college credit or a transcript notation while completing a minimum of 120 hours of work within the selected term.

Internships include:

  • Animal Care and Husbandry (aviculture, herpetology, aquarist)
  • Field Conservation and Conservation Community Engagement
  • Government Affairs
  • Marketing and Community Programs
  • Education
  • Philanthropy/Development

To see the full list of internships and apply, please visit Any questions can be directed to


  • Must receive college credit for the internship or transcript notation/documentation if credit it not available.
  • Must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work within the selected term.

The National Aquarium is committed to diversity and invites individuals who bring a diversity of culture, experience and ideas to apply.


Recently named one of Baltimore’s Best Places to Work, the National Aquarium opened in 1981 as a nonprofit aquatic education and conservation organization, the jewel of the city’s Inner Harbor redevelopment. SmartCEO Magazine honored the National Aquarium with the Healthiest Workplace award and the Corporate Culture award in 2016. With a mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures, the Aquarium is consistently ranked one of the nation’s two top aquariums and has hosted over 51 million guests since opening.

Today, the National Aquarium builds on a 37-year history of local, regional and global conservation initiatives that provide real solutions for protecting marine life, ecosystems and aquatic communities. Its Animal Rescue team has rescued, rehabilitated and released hundreds of marine mammals and endangered sea turtles throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Its Animal Care and Welfare teams participate in important research efforts to confront pressing ocean conservation issues and advocate for smarter policies at local, state and federal levels. Through education, research, conservation action and advocacy, the National Aquarium is pursuing a vision to change the way humanity cares for our ocean planet.

HOW TO APPLY Interested and engaged applicants should apply through our website. All questions should be directed to Please upload all of the requested documents. We cannot consider your application if you do not upload proof that you will receive credit for the experience.

Internships are unpaid, and there is no reimbursement for transportation, parking, or housing.