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Internship Guidelines

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The Dolphin Cove internship program is designed for students and college graduates interested in obtaining critical practical experience in the marine mammal field. Interns work directly with animal care staff members to assist with aspects of animal care, husbandry, guest relations, and day-to-day operations.

Internships are offered throughout the year and may be available for credit through an academic institution. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age, have completed at least 1 semester of college, available for a 12 week program, and willing to accept the internship as an unpaid position. Dolphin Cove does not provide housing, however, the internship coordinator can assist interns in finding affordable housing in close proximity to Dolphin Cove.

For more information visit our Intership FAQ's page. Click here.

Internship requirements:

  • Assist staff in daily site procedures, including but not limited to, diet preparation (handling dead fish), overseeing swim sessions, basic cleaning and maintenance at the facility, guest relations, and comfortable with public speaking.
  • Additionally, interns will be required to familiarize themselves with dolphin identification, dolphin behavior (both naturally occurring behaviors and trained behaviors) and assist trainers in training sessions.
  • Be available a minimum of five days per week, ( generally 8 am to 5 pm, but subject change), for a full 12 week program.
  • Required to participate in lecture series and phase training.
  • Cross train to other department such as photo.
  • Must have strong swimming skills and physically capable of lifting up to 50 lbs.
  • Participate in on-going Dolphin Cove  research data collection, entry, and analysis (e.g. behavioral ethograms of mother-calf interactions).

Dolphin Cove will accommodate individuals interested in receiving academic credit for an internship. Once accepted to the program, interns will discuss the details for credit with their academic advisor and furnish the Internship Coordinator with a letter highlighting these requirements. Letters of reference are available for individuals who successfully fulfill all internship obligations.

Candidates should mail the following to Dolphin Cove, Attn: Internship Program Coordinator, by the deadline indicated for your desired session date:

  1. Completed application
  2. Current school transcripts
  3. Resume
  4. Recent photograph
  5. Two letters of recommendation (may be mailed separately)
  6. $25 non-refundable application fee (personal check, money order, or cashier’s check).

E-mail Animalstaff@Dolphinscove.com or contact Intership Coordinator
at (305) 451-4054 with any questions or concerns.

Download the Dolphin Cove Internship Application

Please mail your completed application packet to:
Dolphin Cove
Attn: Internship Program Coordinator
P.O. Box 870
Key Largo, FL 33037

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Dolphin Cove
P.O. Box 870
Key Largo, FL 33037 U.S.A
Located at MM 101.9 Bay Side
Toll Free: 1-877-365-2683 
Fax: 1-305-451-4021
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