Animal Behavior Internship

Island Dolphin Care Animal Behaviorist Internship

2018 Internship Application:

Number of Available Positions: 4


The Island Dolphin Care Animal Behaviorist internship programs are designed for college students and recent college graduates interested in obtaining experience in the marine mammal training field. Island Dolphin Care is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization that provides dolphin assisted therapy to children with critical illnesses, disabilities and special needs from all over the world. Our interns work under the supervision of experienced trainers and alongside therapists to give our dolphins and clients the highest quality care and overall experience.


-Assist staff in daily animal care, including but not limited to: diet preparations, husbandry assistance, dock preparation and supporting staff during structured programs with the clients

-Interns will be required to complete and demonstrate an understanding of educational lectures provided by the training staff on topics including basic animal training techniques, the importance of husbandry and the history of animal training

-Participate in daily enrichment sessions with the dolphins

-Assist in data collection and daily operations
Requested Requirements:

Candidates should email the completed application to our Animal Behaviorist Internship Coordinator, Caitlin Olson, at Included with the application please attach a copy of current school transcripts, a resume and two letters of recommendation. Internships are offered seasonally.

Candidates must be at least 21 years of age, have completed at least 1 semester of college, available for 40 hours a week (16 week commitment) and willing to accept the internship as an unpaid position. Affordable housing options may be provided based on the availability. Candidates must be fluent in English and able to work in a warm climate and in all weather conditions. Deep water swimming ability is an absolute requirement and each intern will have to pass a swim test upon arrival to Island Dolphin Care. Interns must work well within a team and be proficient independently as well.

If you are interested in becoming an Island Dolphin Care Animal Behaviorist Intern, or have any questions, please contact Caitlin Olson, Animal Behaviorist Internship Coordinator.  


Phone: 1-305-451-5884

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