What It's Like to Intern at the Aquarium: Part 3
Published May 21, 2012
by Morgan Randall, Digital Marketing Intern
The Animal Rescue team, Community Affairs, and Publications interns in my last post gave some insight on jobs interns are doing behind the scenes at the National Aquarium. But there are still more amazing experiences to be had!
Courtney is a senior at Virginia Tech but is currently taking a semester off and attending the College of Southern Maryland. She is majoring in dairy science with a minor in animal and poultry science, with a horse emphasis.
Despite living two hours away from the aquarium, she committed to the trip in order to get hands-on experience and an opportunity outside of Virginia Tech. Within her department she was responsible for taking care of a variety of animals. Her duties included (but were not limited to) cleaning their environments, measuring the animals' food, and providing stimulating animal enrichment activities. Courtney also conducted an independent study project with the bearded dragons, where she investigated which structure, a cork clog or cardboard box, the animals preferred to use in their enclosure. She found her time at the aquarium to be “extremely helpful” in figuring out what she wanted to do concerning animals.
Courtney helps out with an animal encounter with Flick the kookaburra
Marketing, Community Affairs
Kristen is a senior at Loyola University majoring in marketing with a minor in information systems. During her freshman year of college, she had her eye on the aquarium as a potential internship opportunity. Then, at the internship fair at her school, she applied knowing that it would be a great place to work.
Kristen assists in planning and researching for events at the aquarium. One event that she has been helping plan is the Grade A Student Night, where local students grades K–12 with three or more As can get into the aquarium for free. She is also helping with the aquarium’s Cultural Series events. Kristen says that this internship has helped her become a better communicator and prioritize. She currently has a job lined up with a staffing agency for after she graduates.
Kristen mans an educational table at an event
Alea is a sophomore at Anne Arundel Community College and will soon be getting her Associates Degree through their media production program. Afterwards, she plans on transferring to Emerson College to major in digital post-production. She has loved the aquarium since she was a young child and considers this her dream internship.
Alea wears many hats in her department. In one day she could be doing anything from transferring VHS archives into DVDs, to shooting and gathering footage during the dolphin presentations. However, her ongoing assignment was to create a short web video about the golden lion tamarins in the Upland Tropical Rain Forest exhibit. This included shooting video, conducting interviews, and making edits to the footage. She has gained a lot of experience at the aquarium and would love to work with the company in the future. You can see the results of her hard work here.
Interested in interning at the National Aquarium? Learn more here.