Become a Sea Life Park Intern
Sea Life Park Hawai'i offers several types of un-paid internships including: Marine Mammal Care & Training, Reef & Sea Turtle Care & Training, Seabird Care & Rehabilitation, Veterinary Technician, and Educator Experiences. Many interns receive course credit for their internships. We will be happy to work with your college or university to develop a program tied to your academic goals.
Our internships are ideal for students who love marine mammals and want hands–on experience working with them. Internships may also involve research projects within an assigned group. Those working within the marine mammals and our Reef Life departments will also have the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of animal training through a unique phase training program. This allows individuals to familiarize themselves with the training techniques and terminology used at Sea Life Park Hawai'i. All of our animal related internships require our interns to participate in food preparation for the animals of the park, so applicants must be comfortable working with frozen fish.
Marketing & Sales Experience
Interns will gain experience and assist the Marketing Manager & Group Sales Manager with the assembly of marketing campaigns and materials and administrative duties for all Sea Life Park Local Promotions & Group events. Marketing Interns will assist in the coordination of print advertisements, online advertisements, and photo and content upload to Park’s Facebook page when needed. Interns will provide assistance where needed for film shoots, group events and or administrative tasks.
Photo & Video Experience
Interns will gain experience operating both photo and DVD equipment to produce images of guests during their interactive programs and luaus. Interns will capture photos and videos of guests with dolphins, sea lions, sting rays, and even sharks! Interns will have the opportunity to be trained from an experienced team while learning how to edit photos, videos, and maintain equipment.
These interns will get to work primarily with dolphins. Aloha Interns have the opportunity to assist with dolphin training, husbandry, interactive programs, and observe some of our younger dolphins learning new behaviors. If your main focus is dolphins and learning about guest interactions, this is the internship for you!
Cove Interns will work with dolphins and sea lions involved in our shows, exhibits, and interactive programs. These interns get to assist in training, husbandry, and interactive sessions with dolphins, as well as learn basic showmanship and show production skills during the daily Sea Life Park Hawai'i Dolphin Cove Show. Interns also assist in the daily training, care, and educational presentations with our sea lions and penguins.
Interns in the Hawaiian Experience get to assist with husbandry, training, and shows involving our dolphins, sea lions, and penguins. Interns may also assist with basic husbandry of our Monk Seals and help trainers during our sea lion interactive program. If you are interested in shows and have a love for sea lions this is the internship for you!
These interns will work with our in-house and outreach education programs. In our classroom, interns have the opportunity to assist with program instruction and curriculum development at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Interns also participate in park activities, the development of guest educational and interactive displays, and community programs.
Reef Life Experience
These interns will work with sea turtles, stingrays, sharks, and reef fish in our exhibits and interactive programs. Sea Life Park’s successful Green Sea Turtle breeding colony is the only such program in the United States, and is responsible for releasing between 200–800 hatchlings into the wild each year. Hatchlings raised in the park or loaned to other qualified aquariums provide a unique way to increase public awareness about the Honu and inspires new ambassadors for this species.
Veterinary Technician Experience
Applicants must have some previous veterinary technician experience.
Interns will work with a large variety of marine mammals, as well as penguins, sea turtles, reef fish, and seabirds. In our veterinary department, interns assist our staff with the husbandry and treatment of all animals housed in the park. Interns also help with lab procedures, sample processing, and record keeping.
Interns work with a large variety of healthy and rehabilitating seabirds. At our Seabird Sanctuary, interns assist in the husbandry and treatment of non-releasable species of seabirds. At our Seabird Rehabilitation Center, interns help our veterinary staff with seabird medical treatments, husbandry, and reintroduction into the wild.
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be enrolled in or have graduated from a university or college
- Commit to the full internship time period
- Be able to financially support herself or himself (internships are un-paid, but lunches are included daily)
- Have strong swimming skills and physically able to work in in-water interactive programs with marine mammals and other species
- Be comfortable with public speaking
- Be comfortable handling frozen fish
Accepted applicants must:
- Attend all required seminars and training courses
- Commit to a minimum of 40 hours per week (including nights and weekends)
- Submit to random drug tests
- Be able to lift 50lbs.
Application Packets must include:
- 2 letters of recommendation
- College transcript(s) – an unofficial copy is fine
- Statement of interest
- CV or resume
Statement of Interest
Please include a 1–2 page typed statement of interest that explains your reasons for applying, your background information, your interests, your academic and field related experiences, your personal goals for the Sea Life Park Hawai'i internship.
To apply for a Sea Life Park Hawai'i Internship Program, download and complete the application below, attach all required materials, and mail to the address below or to: firstname.lastname@example.org.Download Internship application
Sea Life Park Hawai'i
41-202 Kalaniana'ole Highway #7
Waimanalo, Hawai'i 96795
**Be sure to save a copy of your application. Your application will not be processed unless your transcripts, letters of recommendation, resume, and statement of interest are included. Due to the high number of applicants, you may not be accepted into your first internship choice.
Internship Availability Dates
|Summer 2013 period||May 14-August 16||February 15|
|Fall 2013 period||August 6-January 10||May 3|
|Spring 2014 period||January 3-May 23||October 4|
Applicants will be notified of their acceptance or non-acceptance within a week after the
application deadline. The selection process is
completed by scoring all components of your
application (application, letters of
recommendation, transcripts, statement of
interest, and resume) on a matrix. Those
applicants with the highest combined scores will
Please note that we typically receive more than
triple the number of applications for the summer
period, so chances of being accepted are greater
in the fall and spring sessions.
Housing is not included and interns must cover
their own living expenses. If accepted, the
contact information of all new incoming interns
and that of the current interns will be
distributed so that the new interns may contact
one another to find roommates and
contact the current interns to see if they can
assume their rentals. Generally with roommates,
expect to pay between $600–1000/month.
A coupon for a free full hot or cold lunch is provided from our restaurant on each scheduled day.
Food preparation for our animals is a component of this internship and all animal care and vet tech interns are required to participate.
Interns need to be able to lift 50lbs.
Medical Insurance is not provided by Sea Life
Park Hawai'i. Should any incidence occur you will
be responsible for payment or insurance
Do I need experience?
Certain internships require you to have basic knowledge of the subjects you will be learning about; however, you are not required to have previous experience for most of our internships. The Vet Tech Experience will require previous vet tech experience.
Who should apply?
Anyone wishing to start a career in Reef Life, Animal Training, Education, or Veterinary Practice. Each area, with the exception of education, will have a chance to take part in food and diet preparation in addition to working in their areas. Please keep in mind that food preparation is a vital role in becoming a trainer, so be prepared to work with frozen or thawed fish. All applicants must meet minimum requirements stated on the website.
Does it cost anything to be an intern or will I get paid?
The internship is unpaid. There is no program fee, but you will be expected to provide your own housing, food, and transportation.
How many hours a week am I expected to be at Sea Life Park Hawai'i?
You will be expected to be in your area 5 days a week which is about 40 hours a week. Interns must be able to meet the time requirements for the entire length of the internship. If you need to leave early due to school, you must get approval prior to the start date of the internship.
Can I get school credit?
If you wish to get academic credit, we will work with your college or university to assist you with this process.
How do I get around?
Interns are responsible for acquiring their own transportation. Many interns choose to use the public transportation system called "The Bus" to get around. Sea Life Park Hawai'i is in the town of Waimanalo.
Below are the approximate travel times from various locations on The Bus:
Waimanalo: 15-25 minutes
Kailua: 30-45 minutes
Downtown Honolulu: 45-90 minutes (depending on transfer)
Waikiki: 45-60 minutes
Hawai'i Kai: 15-20 minutes
Routes 22, 23, and 57 service Sea Life Park. Please be aware that fish prep starts at 6:00 am and that some bus routes from certain locations don't run so early. Schedules for The Bus can be found at www.thebus.org .
Interns that live in Waimanalo may be able to reach the park by bike. As there are no bicycle lanes, travelling this way may be risky. Some interns decide to buy a car together for transportation.
What will the temperature be like in Hawai'i?
On O’ahu, the average temperature in the summer ranges from mid to upper 80’s and the minimum is around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures are a bit lower in the winter with highs in the 70’s and lows around the mid 60’s. It can be very humid and rain very hard sometimes. It rains more often in the winter months If you are coming for the fall or spring intern session.
How much does it cost to live in Hawai'i?
Housing expenses are quite variable depending on the individual preferences. Interns frequently share housing so the cost is approximately $600-$1000 a month.
Interns are responsible for their own food. You will receive lunch tickets at the beginning of each month for one meal a day. This ticket is good for one meal (hot or cold) and a drink and is to be used on your scheduled days you will be at the park for your internship. Please be aware that food costs in Hawai'i are considerably higher than you may be used to.
Sea Life Park Hawai'i does not provide health insurance for interns. Please look into obtaining insurance during your internship session. Try to get or stay on your parent’s policy, get a travel plan through your current provider, or sign up for an individual plan in Hawai'i.