Internships & Job Shadows

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!

Great Lakes Aquarium Animal Care Internship – Aquarist focus is designed to provide a career learning experience for people interested in a career in the zoo and aquarium field.  The internship is a hands-on opportunity to work with various native and tropical fish. Interns will participate in food preparation, exhibit maintenance, water quality and record keeping under the supervision of trained professionals.

Summer 2024 application deadline April 15, 2024
Fall 2024 application deadline July 15, 2024

Questions? Please contact Tabitha Brower at 218.740.2045 or

Great Lakes Aquarium Water Quality Internship

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. 

Job shadows are currently not available.