Are you ready to be a Birch Aquarium Intern?

Are you a student in high school or college looking for an exciting and engaging internship this summer? Then a one of our two different Birch Aquarium Internship might be the fit for you. Interns help visitors from around the world discover the wonders of the ocean and help shape children’s views of ocean conservation, all while gaining a behind the scenes look at Birch Aquarium and Scripps Institution of Oceanography.


Internships at Birch Aquarium allow students to forge lifelong like-minded friendships.

There are two different internships offered each summer:

Youth Summer Internship: High Schoolers 
The Youth Summer Internship is geared towards high school students who are enthusiastic about science! Youth Summer Interns are an essential part of Birch Aquarium’s Shark Summer Events. Interns gain valuable science communication skills, learn to snorkel at La Jolla Shores, and will be able to meet Scripps Oceanography researchers and explore careers in marine science.

Summer Learning Adventures Informal Educator Internship: College Students
The Summer Learning Adventures Informal Educator Internship is designed for college students who will be an important part of Birch Aquarium’s summer camp. This is an active internship where participants gain valuable experience working with children ages 4-15 in Birch Aquarium classrooms and at the beach. Interns work hand-in-hand with Birch Aquarium educators and Scripps Scientists to teach everything from oceanography to surfing and snorkeling.

Youth Summer Interns learn about Leopard Shark anatomy and physiology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography 's Dr. Andy Nosal.

Youth Summer Interns learn about Leopard Shark anatomy and physiology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s Dr. Andy Nosal.

Qualities of perspective internship candidates are punctuality, flexibility, ability to work as part of a team, and enthusiasm for science.

Summer Learning interns get into the crafting spirit as they help Birch Aquarium educators prep for the day's camp lesson.

Summer Learning Adventure interns get into the crafting spirit as they help Birch Aquarium educators prep for the day’s camp lesson.

Here’s what some of our past interns have to say about the experience: 
Lauren (Summer Learning Adventures Intern)

I had a great experience as an intern this past summer! It was a blast getting to work with kids of all age groups, and spending time at the beach and aquarium, along with becoming good friends with all the other interns. Some of the most valuable experiences I had was from getting to know the instructors. I learned so much about leadership from them, along with information on pursuing a career in outdoor education. Overall it was a great way to spend my summer and a really informative experience. 

Sean (Summer Learning Adventures Intern)

I really enjoyed exploring behind the scenes of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Birch Aquarium, teaching a wide age range of kids about some of my favorite topics, and making new friends.  The campers are not the only ones that learn a lot. Who doesn’t like working by the beach everyday?

Madison (Summer Learning Adventures Intern)

Being a summer educator intern at Birch was an experience that went above and beyond my expectations. I thought it was all about teaching. Well, I was very wrong! I learned so much and I met some fantastic people! Not to mention, I got to spend my intern days outside and at the beach! I couldn’t have had a better experience.

Julianna (Youth Summer Intern)

With everything we did at the Birch Aquarium, from the activity stations, to learning conversations, to our final projects, I achieved a great deal of growth, as well as solidifying what I want to study in college. My passion for conservation further developed as I realized my love of educating the public about the importance of conserving sharks because of the roles they play in maintaining a healthy ecosystem. Every moment of this internship allowed me to pursue what I love doing, and has made me one step closer to achieving my dream career. Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity, and it made this summer the best!

Victoria (Youth Summer Intern)

I never could have expected the sheer amount of information I would learn, not only about sharks, but also about the history of the aquarium, animal husbandry, today’s marine conservation efforts, research and even myself. But mostly, this internship has taught me that there is still so much I have yet to learn.

Applications are due early April 2016! Please see each internship for the corresponding application deadline. 

Interns have the opportunity to learn and teach surfing.

Interns have the opportunity to learn and teach surfing.

Want to see what it’s like to be a Youth Summer Intern? Check out the video!

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