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.

We are currently offering both on-site and remote internships, based on internship duties & requirements. Learn more about the National Aquarium’s COVID-19 safety measures at

Internships include:

  • Animal Care and Husbandry (aviculture, herpetology, aquarist)
  • Graphic Design
  • Education
  • Human Resources/People
  • Philanthropy/Development

For more details and to apply, please visit Any questions can be directed to

Eligibility & Requirements

Interested applicants must be college-enrolled or have graduated in the previous semester. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis; please email to request an exemption. Complete applications will include:

  • Answers to all application questions, including biographical information, availability and short answer questions
  • Copy of unofficial transcript
  • Contact information for 2 references

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 and requests for reasonable accommodation should be directed to A complete application includes the following:

  • Answers to application questions, including biographical information, your availability, and a brief explanation of why you would like to participate and how it will assist you in your career.
  • Copy of unofficial transcript
  • Contact information for 2 references

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