Behavioral Husbandry Internship

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The New York Aquarium's behavioral husbandry internship program expands upon the Aquarium's long-term efforts to educate future Animal Care professionals. The internship focuses on collaborating with the Aquarium's staff as we work to maintain our standards of excellence.

During this internship, you will assist in the care of California sea lions and may have the opportunity to perform in daily animal shows. Interns will also work side by side with experienced trainers to learn the skills necessary to succeed in a fast-paced show environment.


  • College student or recent graduate
  • Commitment of at least 3 days a week for 20 weeks, 4 days a week for 15 weeks, or 5 days a week for 12 weeks
  • Interested in pursuing a future career in marine mammal care and in performing in animal shows
  • Memorize a show script
  • Physically able to perform laborious tasks in extreme weather conditions
  • Be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Able to work well in a busy and fast paced environment
  • Provide own housing and transportation
  • Provide one letter of recommendation (preferably from previous animal care facility)
  • Previous animal care experience is helpful but not required


  • Prepare daily diets
  • Clean and maintain all animal and food preparation areas
  • Observe training sessions and feedings
  • Possibility of narrating sea lion shows
  • Schedule and administer daily enrichment
  • Complete all reading assignments, course work, and internship phase exams
  • Participate in workshop series
  • Complete an independent research project
  • Able to complete all daily responsibilities independently


Internship SessionApplication Opens ByDeadline
Winter (January-March/April)Early October November 15
Spring (March-May/June)Early December January 15
Summer (May-August)Early February March 1
Fall (September-November/December)Early JuneJuly 15

*Note: Consistent attendance is required for participation in Animal Department internships and volunteer opportunities.*


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