Long Island Aquarium (LIA) offers internship opportunities with the Aquarium’s education department. The mission of the high school internship program is to expose the student to various aspects of marine science through the perspective of the marine educator. Individual research and observation is encouraged in order to convey informed background information on the Aquarium’s creatures and their native habitats. We hope to encourage the participants to develop as environmental communicators who can synthesize, translate, and disseminate important information about the marine environment.
Interns are teamed up with an education staff member who will act as a mentor throughout the internship experience. Aside from showing the intern the ins and outs of education at LIA, mentors provide personal experience on the pursuit of a career in marine science and promote a sense of direction in this varied and widening field. High school students do not work directly with the mammals, however, they will have the opportunity to work with our birds, butterflies and at our touch pools, and possibly on our tour boat. All high school interns work with the public at our interactive touch tanks. Students interested in developing public speaking skills are encouraged to learn any or all talks and lectures done at certain exhibits during operating hours. Students may work on lesson plans for LIA’s early childhood programs, family, or school programs. Past projects completed by high school interns include an educational display about coral reefs, a scavenger hunt for high school visitors, toddler and pre-k lessons about sea turtles and seahorses, and observing seals and otters to gather data on their swimming patterns in their exhibit.
Students interested in applying for the program should send the following materials: a brief resume with contact information including any work, volunteer experience, and school activities, a brief letter of interest explaining why they would like to intern at LIA, and a letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, school administrator, or an adult other than a parent, guardian, or relative.
Interns will choose a day of the week where they are able to commit at least six hours on a regular basis. Weekend hours are available. LIA is open year-round except for Christmas Day. Transportation is the responsibility of the intern. Interns will be introduced to their mentor on the first day of their internship. Internships last a minimum of 120 hours or follow the school’s requirements if different from LIA. All LIA internships are unpaid.
Schools that currently partner with LIA include: Longwood High School, Mattituck HS, Patchogue-Medford HS, The Ross School, Sachem HS, and Shoreham-Wading River HS, Riverhead HS, Westhampton beach H.S, and Sayville H.S.
LIA is recognized by the Long Island Works Coalition as an outstanding partner providing career mentoring to the young people of Long Island.
Fall Semester – August 15th
Spring Semester – December 15th
Summer Semester – May 15th