WAVE Foundation Internship Programs
Requirements: Students must have completed one year of college (must be of sophomore, junior, or senior status) and must be registered for credit at a two or four year college or university. Approval from the student’s academic advisor is required at time of application. Previous experience in aquarium keeping is desired. With your completed online application, you will be asked to upload a cover letter, resume, advisor recommendation form and a copy of your transcripts.
Compensation: These are unpaid internships in which credit is awarded for volunteer hours. Students must complete all 150 hours in one semester.
Season: Interns will be recruited for spring, summer, and fall semesters.
We are now accepting applications for 2017 Fall Internships
Fall Internship application deadline: April 20th, 2017
- Spring intern applications must be received by November 15th.
- Summer intern applications must be received by January 22nd.
- Camp WAVE Summer Intern applications must be received by April 15th.
- Fall intern applications must be received by April 20th.
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Applications should be completed online and will be automatically submitted to the WAVE Foundation’s Volunteer Services Department. Should you have any questions regarding the application or any of the volunteer programs, contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 859.815.1424.
Internship Position Descriptions
Animal Care Internships
The Aquarium Animal Care Internship Program is designed to provide hands-on experience in the field of exotic animal care to undergraduate students majoring in biology, environmental science, or related field. Students will dedicate a minimum of 150 hours working alongside husbandry staff in applying classroom knowledge to maintain a diverse collection of fishes, amphibians, reptiles, and birds. In addition, students will be requested to complete a project as designed by the intern’s supervisor.
Aquatic Intern: The fish and invertebrate husbandry internship is designed to provide hands-on experience in the field of aquatic animal care. The students will be working alongside aquatic biologists while applying classroom knowledge to maintain a diverse collection of marine and freshwater fish and invertebrates as well as some amphibians and reptiles. Animal care routines will include an extensive amount of diet preparation and maintaining the animal’s habitats. In addition, this internship will focus on the principals of closed system aquariums.
Terrestrial Intern: The terrestrial internship is designed to provide a broad-spectrum experience in the filed of professional animal care. The students will be working with rainforest biologists while applying classroom knowledge and field experience to maintain the Aquarium’s rainforest exhibit which houses a collection of otters, tropical birds, reptiles, amphibians, terrestrial invertebrates and fishes. Rainforest interns will also learn about managing the horticulture in a large greenhouse exhibit, including pest management, plant propagation and plant selection.
Education Intern: The WAVE Foundation Education Intern serves as an instructor for WAVE Education programs, which aim to excite, engage and educate students about the wonders of aquatic life and the importance of conservation. Education interns are instrumental in the planning and development of curriculum for WAVE Education Programs. Under the supervision of the Education Manager, Education Interns will develop curriculum for upcoming education programs, make sure those programs are in alignment with state content standards, and serve as an ambassador for WAVE in the community through special campaigns, awareness days, and other duties as assigned.
Camp WAVE Intern: The WAVE Foundation Summer Camp Intern serves as an instructor for WAVE education programs, which aim to excite, engage and educate campers about the wonders of aquatic life and the importance of conservation. Camp Wave Interns provide assistance to the Education Staff during summer camp, interpret educational interactive experiences and enhance summer camp participants’ experiences throughout the Aquarium and duration of camp.
Volunteer Office HR Internship: The Human Resources internship is designed to assist and support Volunteer Services in a unique environment with HR assorted projects including maintenance and accuracy of the volunteer record keeping database and processing volunteer paperwork and schedules. This also includes general clerical support and assisting in office coverage in the absence of the Manager of Volunteer Services.
Development Intern: The Development internship is designed to assist Development Coordinator/Executive Director with event planning, fundraising and public relations activities in a unique, fast-paced environment. Duties will include clerical and administrative tasks as needed.
Marketing Office Intern: The Marketing Office Intern will assist the Marketing Department in a unique environment with projects that may include research, advertising, promotions and events. This is an unpaid position requiring solid communication and writing skills.
Public Relations Intern: The public relations internship is designed to provide a hands-on introduction to public relations at a fast-paced animal-based attraction. Students will assist and support the Public Relations Manager in a unique environment. He/she will aid with marketing – and promotion – related projects. This is an unpaid position that requires solid communications and writing skills.
Sales Office Intern: The Sales Office internship is designed to assist the Sales Department with projects that may include group sales, consignment, and shadow events. This is an unpaid position requiring solid communication and writing skills.