Internships

Animal care intern taking care of the touch tank animals
Animal care intern feeding sea turtle

This internship is filled for Summer 2020. 

Do you have a background in biology, marine biology, or marine science and are interested in a career in one of these fields? We are looking for degree-seeking students interested in gaining experience or possible college credit through an internship with the Animal Care and Life Support Department at Florida Oceanographic Society. This is a volunteer position which requires a minimum commitment of at least 16 hours per week for at least 4 months. The Animal Care Intern will work as part of FOS’s Animal Care staff to carry daily activities including providing accurate monitoring of water chemistry, diet preparation and feeding, dispersal of medications, and dissemination of information to guests and other volunteers.  We are happy to work with the successful applicant to structure an internship program that will satisfy specific university requirements for credit, if necessary. Must be able to lift 50 pounds, stand for at least 3 hours, and be at least 18 years old.

All applicants must first complete our general volunteer application HERE

Education interns with education staff and volunteer
Education intern presenting stingray feeding program

Do you have a background in biology, marine biology, environmental science, or science education and a desire to build a career in one of these fields? We are looking for degree-seeking students interested in gaining experience or possible college credit through an internship with the Education Department at Florida Oceanographic Society. This is a volunteer position which requires a minimum commitment of at least 24 hours per week for at least 2 months, including some weekend shifts.

The Education Intern will work as part of FOS’s Education team to carry out daily educational programming for visitors to the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center. The Intern will conduct formal educational presentations in front of audiences of up to 100+ guests, as well as informal educational lessons at our invertebrate touch tank, sea turtle pavilion, gamefish lagoon aquarium, butterfly garden, and inside of our nature center.  Additionally, the Education Intern may occasionally help lead field trips, group visits, outreach education, summer camp sessions, seining, snorkeling, and sea turtle walks.

We are happy to work with the successful applicant to structure an internship program that will satisfy specific university requirements for credit, if necessary. Must be able to lift 50 pounds, stand for at least 3 hours, and be at least 18 years old.

Download the Education Internship Description

All applicants must first complete our general volunteer application HERE

research interns inside seagrass wetlab
research interns monitoring oyster reef

This internship is filled for 2020.

Do you have a background or interest in marine biology, wetland ecology, natural resource management, restoration and conservation or related discipline? We are looking for undergraduate or graduate degree-seeking students interested in gaining experience through an internship with the Scientific Research and Conservation Department. This is a volunteer position open to those 18 years and older. The Research Intern will assist the Research Department with ongoing monitoring (oysters, seagrass and mangroves) and various research projects. In addition to outlined daily tasks and field work, interns will be expected to conduct an independent research project under the guidance of the department scientists. Interns will gain valuable field and laboratory experience as they are fully integrated into the research department. Please see this announcement for more details. 

All applicants must first complete our general volunteer application HERE