WAVE Foundation Internship Programs
After careful consultation with our partners at Newport Aquarium and our Board of Directors regarding the health and safety of everyone involved in our summer programming. We have made the decision to cancel our summer internship programs.
Requirements: Applicants do not have to be students, but need to have graduated from a two or four year college/university. Students must have completed one year of college (must be of sophomore, junior or senior status) and preferred to be registered for credit at a two or four year college or university. We also accept applications from those who have complete college and looking for life experience in the industry. With your completed online application, you are required to upload a cover letter, resume and a copy of your transcripts (may be an unofficial transcript).
Compensation: These are unpaid part-time internships. Interns must complete a minimum of 150 hours in one semester, unless your current school requires more hours to receive credit. Some internships may require more than 150 hours.
Season: There are three recruitment sessions. See below for deadlines.
- Spring intern applications must be received by December 1st
- Summer intern applications must be received by February 1st
- Fall intern applications must be received by May 1st
We are now accepting applications for Spring Internship Session (College Students or recently out of college) Deadline is Feb 1st
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Applications completed online will be automatically submitted to WAVE Foundation’s Community Engagement Office. Should you have any questions regarding the application or any of the volunteer opportunities, contact us by emailing email@example.com or calling 859.815.1424.
Internship Position Descriptions
Animal Care Internships
Aquatic Intern: The Aquatic Husbandry Internship is designed to provide hands-on experience in the field of aquatic animal care. Interns will be working alongside aquatic biologists while applying classroom knowledge to maintain a diverse collection of marine and freshwater fish and invertebrates as well as some amphibians and reptiles. This internship will focus on the principals of closed system aquariums. In addition, students will be requested to complete a project as designed by the intern’s supervisor.
Terrestrial Intern: The Terrestrial Husbandry Internship is designed to provide a broad-spectrum experience in the field of professional animal care. Interns will be working with biologists while applying classroom knowledge and field experience to maintain the Aquarium’s exhibits, which house a collection of reptiles, amphibians, terrestrial invertebrates and fishes. Terrestrial interns will also learn about managing the horticulture in a large greenhouse exhibit, including pest management, plant propagation and plant selection. In addition, students will be requested to complete a project as designed by the intern’s supervisor.
Education Intern: WAVE Foundation Education Intern serves as an instructor for WAVE Education programs. Education interns are instrumental in the planning and development of curriculum for WAVE Education Programs. Under the supervision of the Education Manager, Education Interns will develop curriculum for upcoming education programs, make sure those programs are in alignment with state content standards, and serve as an ambassador for WAVE in the community through special campaigns, awareness days, and other duties as assigned. This position requires solid communication and writing skills.
Camp WAVE Intern: WAVE Foundation Summer Camp Intern serves as an instructor for WAVE education programs. Camp Wave Interns provide assistance to the Education Staff during summer camp, interpret educational interactive experiences and enhance summer camp participants’ experiences throughout the Aquarium and duration of camp. This position requires solid communication and writing skills.
WAVE Conservation Education Intern: WAVE Foundation Conservation Education Intern serves as an instructor for WAVE Foundation education programs. Conservation Education Intern is instrumental in executing the curriculum for WAVE Education programs. Under the supervision of the Conservation Education Curator, this intern will serve as an ambassador for WAVE in the community through special campaigns, awareness days, and other duties as assigned. This position requires solid communication and writing skills.
Community Engagement Office HR Internship: The Human Resources internship gives students an educational opportunity to learn best practices in HR. Our interns are immersed in real life experiences in a unique environment within the Community Engagement Office. Daily tasks may include maintenance and accuracy of the volunteer record keeping database, interviewing, and onboarding future volunteers. The HR intern will also assist in three fundraising events and the Volunteer Appreciation Event preparation. This position also includes general clerical support and assisting in office coverage in the absence of the Community Engagement Manager. This opportunity requires solid communication and writing skills.
Development Intern: The Development internship is designed to assist Development Team with event planning, fundraising and public relations activities in a unique, fast-paced environment. Duties will include clerical and administrative tasks as needed. This position requires solid communication and writing skills.
Marketing Internship applications are accepted at any time, year-round. The Marketing internship gives students the opportunity to take what they’ve learned in class and apply it to real world scenarios while assisting the Marketing Department with various initiatives. Projects may include research, advertising and creative development, sponsorship fulfillment and promotional event execution. Students will gain industry and organizational knowledge through daily business interactions, and assignments.
Public Relations Intern: The public relations internship is designed to provide a hands-on introduction to public relations at a fast-paced animal-based attraction. Students will assist and support the Public Relations Manager in a unique environment. He/she will aid with marketing – and promotion – related projects. This position requires solid communication and writing skills. Three writing samples must be submitted upon application (news story, press release, and sample of best work).
Sales/Event Office Intern: The Sales Office internship is designed to assist the Sales Department with projects that may include group sales, consignment, and shadow events. This position requires solid communication and writing skills.