Internship: Education Intern, Oregon Coast Aquarium (Newport, OR)


The Oregon Coast Aquarium Education Department’s internship program is designed to provide an individual with a practical learning experience while gaining valuable knowledge related to his/her career goals. The Education Summer Intern assists the Education Specialists and Coordinator with the preparation and facilitation of summer programs including summer camps, daily interpretive programs, and other on- and off-site events. Our internships offer a hands-on opportunity to work with youth and the general public in conservation and environmental education in an aquarium setting and require a minimum commitment of eight weeks.

POSITION TITLE: Education Summer Intern

REPORTS TO: Education Specialists

DATES: Summer 2013, June –August (exact dates are negotiable)


The Education Internship program is designed to provide participants with practical learning experience and knowledge in the field of informal education. In return, the intern makes a significant contribution to the Education Department at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Intern duties may include the following (may vary based on skill level and departmental needs):

1. Assist the education staff in the supervision and instruction of summer camp participants. Lead camp activities as requested.

2. Assist education staff in the daily and weekly set-up, clean-up, and facilitation of each program.

3. Design and implement classroom projects, activities and games for summer camps.

4. Design and write the curriculum for a one-day camp program with support from the education staff.

5. Present public narrations during feeding times of the seals, sea lions and sea otters.

6. Present added value programs (i.e. story time, crafts, etc.) for the general public during assigned times in the Sea & Me Discovery theater.

7. Assist the education staff in coordinating and presenting special day events on site.

8. Assure that the classroom and other work areas are clean and orderly.

9. Assist in the care of classroom interpretive animals and saltwater tank.

10. Other duties as assigned.



The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a world-class marine educational attraction nestled on beautiful Yaquina Bay in Newport, Oregon. The Aquarium is a living classroom for all learning styles and ages. As one of Oregon’s top tourist attractions, the Aquarium is a vital educational resource for the state, with over 40,000 students visiting the aquarium each year. The Aquarium strives to be a center of excellence for ocean literacy initiatives and plays an active role in conservation and animal rehabilitation efforts.



Be currently enrolled in a college or university, or have recently graduated.

Have a minimum of one year of course work in a major field of study to be applied during the internship (e.g. education, biology, zoology, environmental science, etc.).

Experience working with children ages 4-12.

Demonstrated enthusiasm for and interest in working with children, Aquarium visitors, and marine animals.

A basic knowledge and understanding of computer word processing and PowerPoint.

The ability to gain and hold a driver’s license is required.

First Aid/CPR certified preferred.



20 to 40 hours a week for a minimum of eight weeks. Interns are expected to work on holidays and weekends.


The Education Internship is unpaid. Professional development opportunities will be available. Possible college credit for those able to receive it through their college/university. No housing provided, but we may be able to help you in your housing search.


Applications are accepted year-round and selections are considered until positions are filled. Generally positions are filled by mid-March. Please send a resume, cover letter, application and at least three references to:

Education Programs Coordinator

Oregon Coast Aquarium

2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd

Newport, OR 97365


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Internship: Seafood Choices Program Intern, SeaWeb (Silver Springs, MD)


SeaWeb is looking for an enthusiastic person to support our seafood sustainability and ocean conservation work. SeaWeb’s Seafood Choices program works internationally to cultivate joint seafood sustainability solutions amongst commercial, legislative, and environmental stakeholders.


Position Summary: This internship would be suitable for someone interested in learning more about marine conservation and food sustainability issues, stakeholder engagement, communications tactics and events organization. The candidate will have the opportunity to input your ideas into the work and also participate in some events. This position will also provide insight into working for a mission-driven environmental not-for-profit organization and provide exposure to sustainability leaders.  The Seafood Choices Program Intern is an unpaid position, however basic travel expenses will be covered. The position will be based in SeaWeb’s Silver Spring, MD Office. The hours are flexible, though ideally the candidate would be available for 3 – 4 days per week.

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Internship: Environmental Studies Internship Program, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (Washington, DC)


The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s (SERC) Internship Program offers undergraduate and beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the fields of environmental research and education. This program enables students to work on specific projects under the direction of SERC’s professional staff and is tailored to provide the maximum educational benefit to each participant.

Since 2001 the SERC internship program has been designated a REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) site by the National Science Foundation. With this funding, along with generous donations from the Smithsonian Women’s Committee, and University partnerships we are able to provide internship opportunities to qualified undergraduate students looking to further their knowledge in the sciences.


Projects include terrestrial, atmospheric and estuarine environmental research within the disciplines of ecology, biology, chemistry, microbiology, botany, zoology, mathematics and physics. Projects are also offered in environmental education and environmental information management (See Project Menu). Although students will become familiar with all the research being conducted by a particular staff member and with much of the research of SERC in general, individuals will devote most of their time to a project and content area of particular interest to them. Students will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge in a selected field of study and to learn a variety of research techniques through firsthand experience. At the conclusion of the internship, student participants will be expected to present the findings of their independent projects in a formal seminar to the SERC community.

As an additional educational benefit, SERC maintains an ongoing seminar program that is designed to bring in noted outside speakers on a variety of topics in the environmental sciences. During the program’s spring and summer seasons, field trips to research facilities and Smithsonian museums conducting similar programs are also coordinated.

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