Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium- Veterinary Science Internship

Responsibilities: The goal of this internship is to expose the student to a variety of the aspects of aquatic veterinary medicine and help prepare them for veterinary school. Interns will serve in multiple roles but the primary one will be working with and shadowing the staff veterinarian. When working with the veterinarian, the intern will shadow clinical cases and medicine. This includes weekly rounds, assessment, triage, proper animal handling and restraint as directed by the animal care staff, and maintenance of records and databases. Additional roles will include: setting up supplies/equipment prior to procedures, clean-up after procedures including cleaning/packing/sterilizing instruments, assistance with sample preparation, and related paperwork and data entry.

The intern will also spend varying amounts of time working with the aquarium’s quarantine team, Stranding Investigations Program participating in necropsies and response as possible, and Mammal and Reptile Department observing training and husbandry techniques. Applicants must be flexible and willing to alter their schedule pending cases and other situations that could arise last-minute. Additionally, all interns are responsible for a project of their choice during the course of their internship.

Note: there is an unpaid internship and interns are responsible for their own housing and transportation.

Required Qualification
The student must meet the required qualifications in order to apply for the internship:

  • Sophomore, junior, senior, recent college graduate, or veterinary student
    • Note: this internship is designed for upper-level undergraduate students focused on attending veterinary school
  • Pre-Veterinary, Biology, Marine Biology, Animal Science, or related major
  • Must have reliable transportation and arrive on time for shift
  • Computer proficiency with word processing and data entry
  • Strong interest in veterinary medicine and conservation
  • Ability to speak in front of groups
  • Excellent oral communication skills
  • Direct animal care experience
    • Minimum of six months working directly with animals
  • Valid driver's license
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to maintain a professional attitude and appearance both with aquarium staff and guests

Please note: This internship requires two letters of recommendation (one personal and one professional/academic). To add an additional letter, please use the 'Add Document' button under Additional Attachments. For any submission problems, contact

You may be contacted after submitting your application for additional information and/or an interview.