Internships & Job Shadows

We are committed to keeping staff, volunteers, interns and guests safe. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no internship or job shadow opportunities are open. Questions? Contact Director of Husbandry Darin Reinke at

Learn what it takes to keep the Aquarium running, gain career field experience and make a meaningful contribution to the Aquarium’s daily operations!


Great Lakes Aquarium offers internships with several departments and teams. These positions are unpaid internships intended to develop skills and provide hands-on experience in their respective fields, and the Aquarium cannot provide housing. However, internships may be eligible for educational credit.

All interns collaborate directly with Aquarium staff in their professional duties. All internships have been designed to provide benefit to both the intern and to our organization. Some provide more room for customization than others — tell us what you’re interested in!

The internship application process is currently closed.

Job Shadows

Looking for a one-day experience or an opportunity for a younger learner? Great Lakes Aquarium offers job shadows in animal care for middle and high school students on a case-by-case basis from September through May. This one-day experience (8:00 – 11:00 a.m.) offers a glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes at Great Lakes Aquarium. To begin the process of scheduling a job shadow day, fill out the job shadow request form. Please allow at least one week in advance to arrange this experience.

Questions? Contact Director of Husbandry Darin Reinke at 218-740-2002 or