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Education Internship

The purpose of the Education intern position is to give students practical experience in an informal education environment.

Our internship program provides college-level students the opportunity to become part of an informal education team while working side by side with Aquarium professionals. In this program, interns will learn about the southern California ocean habitat through hands-on experiences, while developing strategies for communicating ocean sciences. In this role, students will engage summer camp children by facilitating classroom discussions and teaching marine science-related activities. Additionally, they will join our interpretation staff during offsite education experiences such as outreaches and whale watch trips. Education interns will also assist in weekend and overnight programs that host both families and schools. Throughout the duration of the internship, interns will be expected to advance a project that focuses on the development of a topical lesson plan to be used in our summer camp classroom.


Join the Aquarium of the Pacific’s education department in our goal to make our guests feel like explorers through exceptional learning experiences. Gain the skills and knowledge to succeed as an informal science educator through this hands-on internship program. Interns will be exposed to all aspects of the education department while learning about the Pacific Ocean and its many inhabitants. Interpreting at our animal touch labs, leading summer camp activities, supporting overnight programs and whale watches are some of the programs interns will be involved in. Interns will also be responsible for developing and teaching a lesson plan in our summer camp classroom.

Commitment: Minimum commitment is 10 weeks, 24 hours per week. This opportunity is only available during the summer. This is an unpaid internship.


  • Working towards or recently completed Bachelor degree
  • Experience working with children
  • Self-motivated, reliable, and able to work outdoors in hot weather
  • Ability to abide by all Aquarium of the Pacific staff guidelines and policies
  • Ability to exercise care and judgment when working with exhibits and animals


  • Ability to speak in public
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills
  • Previous customer service experience is preferred, but not required


  • Assist with daily summer camp operations: engage with campers, support lead instructors, assist with set-up and clean-up
  • Learn one Aquarium show presentation
  • Facilitate guest interaction with animals at touch exhibits
  • Develop and lead one activity for camp group
  • Present project to education department
  • Assist with facilitation of Education programs including but not limited to: whale watch tours, family overnights, weekend family programs and outreach programs
  • Interact with guests, staff, and volunteers in a positive manner