by Morgan Randall, Digital Marketing Intern
Previously, you met an Aquarist and Events & Promotions intern, but there are still many more aquarium internship opportunities available to students regardless of their major. These next three interns are proof of that!
Lindsay is a sophomore at Oregon State University majoring in zoology. She came to the National Aquarium, Baltimore, for both experience and college credit.
Lindsay works with the National Aquarium Animal Rescue program, which specializes in rescuing marine animals in distress. So far, she has not received any hands-on experience with rescuing these animals because there haven’t been any in need of rescuing. In fact, this has been the case for the last couple of months. Despite this, she is learning the protocol that goes along with rescuing these animals so if one does need rescuing, she will be ready. After getting her Bachelor of Arts degree in zoology, Lindsay hopes to get her master's in marine biology. She says that she would want to work with National Aquarium Animal Rescue (or something similar) in the future.
Marketing, Community Affairs
Melanie is a senior at Notre Dame of Maryland University majoring in business with a focus in marketing and a minor in entrepreneurship. She is an international student from Ecuador and compares the National Aquarium to a sort of Disneyland. She knew that the aquarium would provide her with an interesting experience so she decided to apply for an internship.
Melanie helps out at an event
Melanie is responsible for researching and assisting in the planning of events at the aquarium. This includes contacting performers, musical artists, and dancers for an event. One group of events that she has been helping with is the Cultural Series, which is a series of events between October and March dedicated to exploring, experiencing, and celebrating cultures around the world. For the Latino Heritage event in October, in particular, she says that her Spanish background helped her connect with some of the performers she contacted. Melanie’s career aspiration is to become brand manager of a major sports retail company, because she loves sports.
Chrystal is a senior at UMBC majoring in graphic design and photography. She applied to the National Aquarium expecting a fun and interesting experience that fit into her major, but is getting even more than she expected out of the internship.
Chrystal at her desk
Aside from working on projects such as creating the teacher booklets for education outreach programs and making event flyers, she has learned some essential skills that will help her in the professional world. To name a few, she is learning how to stay organized, work with other graphic designers and departments, and is experiencing what it’s like to work in a professional environment (something she had yet to do before interning at the aquarium). Chrystal is looking forward to having more content for her portfolio after interning with the organization.
Stay tuned for the conclusion of our What It's Like to Intern at the Aquarium series!
Interested in interning at the National Aquarium? Learn more here.