Do I need experience?
Certain internships require you to have basic knowledge of the subjects you will be learning about; however although previous experience is not required to participate in our internship programs, having previous experience will contribute to a higher score.
Who should apply?
Anyone wishing to start a career in Animal Training, Education, or Veterinary Practice should apply. 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 working with animals, so be prepared to work with frozen or thawed fish. All applicants must meet the 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 or moped. 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 around 70 degrees Fahrenheit to the mid to upper 80’s. 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 at times. If you are coming for the fall or spring intern session, please note that it rains more often in the winter months.
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 per month.
Interns are responsible for their own food. You will receive one meal for each of your scheduled days, in which 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.