Internships

Florida Oceanographic offers internships in our Animal Care, Education and Research Departments. These 2-4 month-long internships are designed for college-degree or graduate students 18 years and older who are interested in gaining more experience in their related science field (biology, marine sciences, marine biology, environmental science, wetland ecology, natural resource management, restoration and conservation). Each internship allows the student to work closely with the department staff to gain experience and skills to aid them in their schooling and career. We are happy to work with the successful applicant to structure an internship program that will satisfy specific university requirements for credit, if necessary. Full descriptions and requirements for each department’s internship are listed  below.

For more information, contact Rosemary Badger, Volunteer Coordinator, at rbadger@floridaocean.org or 772-225-0505 ext. 109. 

Animal care intern taking care of the touch tank animals
Animal care intern feeding sea turtle
Not accepting applications at this time. 

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.

Click HERE to view the Animal Care Internship Description.

All applicants must first complete our general volunteer application HERE

education internship
education internship

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 position involves considerable public speaking. This is a volunteer position which requires a minimum commitment of at least 18 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 informal educational lessons at our invertebrate touch tank and ray tank on a daily basis. Qualified applicants may also be asked to conduct formal educational presentations in front of large audiences. The Education Intern may occasionally assist with field trips and other educational activities at the Coastal Center.  We are happy to work with the successful applicant to structure an internship program that will satisfy specific university requirements for credit, if necessary.

Click HERE to view the Education Internship Description.

All applicants must first complete our general volunteer application HERE

research interns inside seagrass wetlab
research interns monitoring oyster reef
Internships for Summer 2021 are full. Please check back in Spring 2022.

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.

Click HERE to view the Research Internship Description

All applicants must first complete our general volunteer application HERE