Our internships offer college students, recent graduates, and career changers experience in nearly every department of the Aquarium — from marketing to animal care.

Intern cleaning rescued sea turtle

Internship Positions (18 years and older)

These Internships are available for the January term, spring, summer, and fall for college students, graduates, and career changers. Spring, summer and fall internships are 12 to 16 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.


  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, 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. Priority consideration is given to those who apply by the following dates.

    • 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 contact Volunteer Programs and Internships Office at intern@neaq.org 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.

    Interns with visitors in the Blue Planet Action Center

    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.

    For more information:

    Visit: Internship FAQs
    Email: intern@neaq.org

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