Internships at the Aquarium offer college students, recent college graduates and career changers experience in areas ranging from veterinary services and animal husbandry to communications and program and exhibit development.

Intern cleaning rescued sea turtle

Internship Positions

Internships are available for the January term, spring, summer and fall. Spring, summer and fall internships are 12 weeks long (see individual position descriptions for specific requirements), while January term internships range between 4 and 6 weeks and require a minimum of 125 total hours. Not all positions are available year round, and the time commitment varies slightly depending on the department. Internships are UNPAID and we DO NOT provide housing assistance. For a list of internship opportunities, click here. Apply today!

Applying for an Internship

Candidates may apply for up to three positions in their cover letter for an internship cycle. To apply for an internship you must complete an online application; only complete applications will be considered. Select candidates will interview with the Volunteer Programs and Internships Office, which may lead to a second round interview with the department(s) applied to. Before applying, please review the application requirements and the individual position descriptions to ensure you can fulfill all requirements.

Benefits for Interns

New England Aquarium interns gain hands-on experience and explore career options while networking with Aquarium professionals and their peers. Interns go behind-the-scenes and working closely with marine biologists and aquarists to care for animals.

  1. Further Benefits

    Other benefits of interning with the Aquarium include:

    • Free membership to New England Aquarium
    • Additional free passes to the Aquarium
    • Discounted and free admission to local museums and cultural institutions in the Boston area
      Discounted tickets to Six Flags New England, Loews, AMC and Showcase Cinemas
    • Free Whale Watch passes
    • Free admission to the Simons IMAX Theatre at New England Aquarium
    • Discounts in the Aquarium’s Gift Shop and Café
    • Invitations to special events

    Visit: Internship FAQs
    Call: 617-973-5235

  1. Application Requirements

    Please complete the online application for the appropriate internship cycle. Candidates may apply for up to three positions with their application—the positions applied for must be included within their cover letter. If this information is not included the application may not be considered.

    Candidates will be required to submit a cover letter, resume, references, an unofficial transcript, and letter of recommendation; please have these materials ready when you start your application.

  2. Application Timeline

    Please apply by the dates listed below. We will begin reviewing applications on these dates but will accept applications as long as positions are available.

    • Summer internships: January 31
    • Spring internships: November 1
    • Fall internships: June 15
    • Winter internships: October 16
  3. The Decision Process

    You will receive confirmation by email that your application has been received. Select candidates will be invited for interviews with representatives from the Volunteer Programs and Internships Office, followed by a second interview with the department(s) applied to. We regret that we are unable to respond to status inquiries over the phone.

  4. For More Information

    If you have any questions about our internship program, take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions. Please call Volunteer Programs and Internships Office at (617) 973-5235 or contact us at if you need further assistance.

  5. High School Internships

    Internships offered by the Volunteer Programs and Internships Office are designed for applicants who are college-level and up. Students under age 18 living in Boston and Cambridge can apply to be a paid summer teen intern through our Teen Programs.


    Visit: Internship FAQs
    Call: 617-973-5235

Interns with visitors in the Blue Planet Action Center

Summer Teen Internships

The Summer Teen Internship Program is a great opportunity for
teens to challenge themselves and learn useful skills while having fun and meeting new friends. The Aquarium offers paid and volunteer summer internships for Boston, Cambridge and suburban youth for one week of training and six weeks of work in July and August.