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.
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.
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.
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:
- Completed application
- Current school transcripts
- Recent photograph
- Two letters of recommendation (may be mailed separately)
- $25 non-refundable application fee (personal check, money order, or cashier’s check).
or contact Intership Coordinator
at (305) 451-4054 with any questions or
Download the Dolphin Cove Internship Application
Please mail your completed application
Attn: Internship Program Coordinator
P.O. Box 870
Key Largo, FL 33037