Internship Opportunities

The 2019 Summer Internship application process is open from February 1 to April 27th. Please read all requirements thoroughly before applying. 



For 2019 interns, please submit your cover letter and resume between February 1 to April 2nd following the instructions below. The selection will be narrowed based solely on the cover letter and resume.   Final selection will be based on follow-up interviews between the 1st and 2nd week of April.

Certain physical demands must be met by an intern to successfully perform the essential functions of this internship. While performing the duties of this internship, the intern is regularly required to sit, stand or walk for extended periods; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.  The Intern is frequently required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The intern must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this internship include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.You must be a recent college graduate or currently enrolled in college and have at least three 7 hour days per week available to work at the hospital. (In December you can work evenings due to holiday lights.) You must be willing to work a majority of weekends and have a valid driver’s license. You must complete a sea turtle project during the internship.


Internships are unpaid and Interns are responsible for their own room, board and transportation. (If you are out-of-state and housing cost is a problem, please contact Brandi at for a possible option.) Internships will run mid May to Mid August.


Interns will be assisting the staff with daily operations at the hospital.

Animal care duties will include general cleaning, disinfecting of tanks, equipment, diet preparation (handling raw seafood), record keeping, facility maintenance, water quality testing, and other tasks as assigned.


Education responsibilities may include assisting with environmental education programs, presenting on-site programs, assisting with festivals, and more. Interns will give public presentations to zoo visitors in Sea Turtle Recovery’s public space to educate them about Sea Turtle Recovery, sea turtles and conservation. Interns will also work a large portion of time in our gift shop booth (retail sales).


Other responsibilities include assisting with office duties and other tasks as assigned.



Please note that STR is committed to rehabilitation and protection of our patients; there is limited to no interaction with the sea turtles to ensure their successful release back to the wild. Approximately 65% of tasks will be in our public education area.  All applicants must submit a resume and cover letter to  You must send both documents; incomplete submissions will not be considered. Please type in the email subject line: Summer INTERNSHIP 2019.  Lastly, please allow at least 14 days for us to respond. Thank you for your interest in our program.