Animal Care Internship

Dolphins Plus offers unique opportunities for undergraduate, graduate students, and recent college graduates, interested in obtaining practical experience in the marine mammal training field. Working in groups, as well as individually alongside our professional animal trainers, animal care staff, and research scientists, our interns delve into all aspects of day-to-day facility operations. Whether it’s assisting with our dolphin swim programs or aiding in the care of our marine mammals, Dolphins Plus interns enjoy a truly immersive and valuable start to a career in Animal Care.

Internship Duties/Goals
  • Assist staff with daily operations and procedures, including, but not limited to:
    • Diet preparation
    • Overseeing and participating in dolphin swim sessions
    • Facility cleaning and maintenance
    • Guest relations
    • Guest education and public speaking
    • Assisting with dolphin training sessions
  • Participate in a comprehensive lecture series and complete relevant exams to evaluate progress
  • Assist with multiple departments as needed, including the Photography and Education Departments
  • Collect data to support ongoing Dolphins Plus research projects

It may be possible to acquire academic credit from your hosting university for the Dolphins Plus Internship. However, these opportunities and conditions vary among colleges and universities, and students are responsible for making these arrangements and clarifying the conditions for the receipt of academic credit PRIOR to arriving on-site. Once accepted to the program, interns will discuss the details for the acquisition of credit(s) with their academic advisor and will furnish the Internship Coordinator with a letter highlighting these requirements.

Application - Required Documents
  1. Completed application (Animal Care and Training Internship Application)
  2. Current college transcripts (official or unofficial)
  3. Resume and cover letter
  4. Recent photograph
  5. Two letters of recommendation (must be sent directly from your referees to Dolphins Plus; see application form for additional details)
  6. Application Fee: $25 application fee for applicants applying for one internship program (e.g., Animal Care Bayside); $40 for two programs (e.g., Research and Animal Care Oceanside); $60 fee for three or more programs (i.e., Animal Care Bayside, Animal Care Oceanside, Veterinarian, Research). Personal check, money order, credit card, or cashier’s check are all accepted.
Mail Documents To

Please mail all application materials at least 3 – 6 months prior to the desired start date to:

Dolphins Plus
Attn: Animal Care and Training Internship Coordinator
101900 Overseas Highway
Key Largo, FL 33037

This internship is no joke. This will completely give you a kick-start into the Animal Care industry. Not to mention falling in love with some of the greatest animals (and people) on the planet.
Sarah M.
The internship at Dolphins Plus changed my life! The experience of participating in diet preparations, facility maintenance, data entry, and being part of the day to day operations solidified my dreams of becoming a marine mammal trainer one day!
Cassie Snyder, Animal Care and Training Intern (Summer 2010)
The Dolphins Plus Animal Care and Training Internship was a great experience and showed me just how much hard work and dedication goes into marine mammal training. It helped me to achieve my life long dream of becoming a trainer at Dolphins Plus!
Jordan Walker, Animal Care and Training Intern (Winter 2009)