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What It’s Like to Intern at the Aquarium: Part 3

by Morgan Randall, Digital Marketing Intern

The Marine Animal Rescue Program, Community Affairs, and Publications interns in my last post gave some insight on jobs interns are doing behind the scenes at the National Aquarium.  But there are still more amazing experiences to be had!

Courtney Potter

Animal Programs

Courtney is a senior at Virginia Tech but is currently taking a semester off and attending the College of Southern Maryland.  She is majoring in dairy science with a minor in animal and poultry science, with a horse emphasis.

Despite living two hours away from the aquarium, she committed to the trip in order to get hands-on experience and an opportunity outside of Virginia Tech.  Within her department she was responsible for taking care of a variety of animals. Her duties included (but were not limited to) cleaning their environments, measuring the animals’ food, and providing stimulating animal enrichment activities.  Courtney also conducted an independent study project with the bearded dragons, where she investigated which structure, a cork clog or cardboard box, the animals preferred to use in their enclosure.  She found her time at the aquarium to be “extremely helpful” in figuring out what she wanted to do concerning animals.

Courtney helps out with an animal encounter with Flick the kookaburra

Kristen Lipari

Marketing, Community Affairs

Kristen is a senior at Loyola University majoring in marketing with a minor in information systems.  During her freshman year of college, she had her eye on the aquarium as a potential internship opportunity.  Then, at the internship fair at her school, she applied knowing that it would be a great place to work.

Kristen assists in planning and researching for events at the aquarium.  One event that she has been helping plan is the Grade A Student Night, where local students grades K–12 with three or more As can get into the aquarium for free.  She is also helping with the aquarium’s Cultural Series events.  Kristen says that this internship has helped her become a better communicator and prioritize.  She currently has a job lined up with a staffing agency for after she graduates.

Kristen mans an educational table at an event

Alea Williams

Visual Productions

Alea is a sophomore at Anne Arundel Community College and will soon be getting her Associates Degree through their media production program.  Afterwards, she plans on transferring to Emerson College to major in digital post-production.  She has loved the aquarium since she was a young child and considers this her dream internship.

Alea wears many hats in her department.  In one day she could be doing anything from transferring VHS archives into DVDs, to shooting and gathering footage during the dolphin presentations.  However, her ongoing assignment was to create a short web video about the golden lion tamarins in the Upland Tropical Rain Forest exhibit.  This included shooting video, conducting interviews, and making edits to the footage.  She has gained a lot of experience at the aquarium and would love to work with the company in the future. You can see the results of her hard work here:

Interested in interning at the National Aquarium? Learn more here.

What It’s Like to Intern at the Aquarium: Part 2

by Morgan Randall, Digital Marketing Intern

Previously, you met an Aquarist and Events & Promotions intern, but there are still many more aquarium internship opportunities available to students regardless of their major.  These next three interns are proof of that!

Lindsay Magill

MARP

Lindsay is a sophomore at Oregon State University majoring in zoology.  She came to the National Aquarium, Baltimore, for both experience and college credit.

Lindsay works with the Marine Animal Rescue Program (MARP), which specializes in rescuing marine animals in distress.  So far, she has not received any hands-on experience with rescuing these animals because there haven’t been any in need of rescuing.  In fact, this has been the case for the last couple of months.  Despite this, she is learning the protocol that goes along with rescuing these animals so if one does need rescuing, she will be ready.  After getting her Bachelor of Arts degree in zoology, Lindsay hopes to get her master’s in marine biology.  She says that she would want to work with MARP (or something similar) in the future.

Melanie Moscoso

Marketing, Community Affairs

Melanie is a senior at Notre Dame of Maryland University majoring in business with a focus in marketing and a minor in entrepreneurship.  She is an international student from Ecuador and compares the National Aquarium to a sort of Disneyland.  She knew that the aquarium would provide her with an interesting experience so she decided to apply for an internship.

Melanie helps out at an event

Melanie is responsible for researching and assisting in the planning of events at the aquarium.  This includes contacting performers, musical artists, and dancers for an event.  One group of events that she has been helping with is the Cultural Series, which is a series of events between October and March dedicated to exploring, experiencing, and celebrating cultures around the world.  For the Latino Heritage event in October, in particular, she says that her Spanish background helped her connect with some of the performers she contacted.  Melanie’s career aspiration is to become brand manager of a major sports retail company, because she loves sports.

Chrystal Smith

Publications 

Chrystal is a senior at UMBC majoring in graphic design and photography.  She applied to the National Aquarium expecting a fun and interesting experience that fit into her major, but is getting even more than she expected out of the internship.

Chrystal at her desk

Aside from working on projects such as creating the teacher booklets for education outreach programs and making event flyers, she has learned some essential skills that will help her in the professional world.  To name a few, she is learning how to stay organized, work with other graphic designers and departments, and is experiencing what it’s like to work in a professional environment (something she had yet to do before interning at the aquarium).  Chrystal is looking forward to having more content for her portfolio after interning with the organization.

Stay tuned for the conclusion of our What It’s Like to Intern at the Aquarium series!

Interested in interning at the National Aquarium? Learn more here.

What It’s Like to Intern at the Aquarium: Part 1

by Morgan Randall, Digital Marketing Intern

Ever wonder what it’s like to intern at the National Aquarium?  Take a moment to imagine it…Let me guess, you’re thinking that it would involve directly working with the fish and animals in the exhibits.  Well, it does for some, but there is so much more that goes into running an aquarium.  That’s why college students in various areas of studies have the opportunity to gain valuable experience with the organization. In fact, a graphic design student can obtain just as much experience as a biology student, working as an aquarist.

As an intern myself, working in the Digital Marketing Department and majoring in communication arts, I know firsthand how important the jobs behind the scenes are for the organization.  Since working with the aquarium, I have assisted with the launch of their new website (which included writing some of the descriptions for the Events & Activities page), edited entries for the blog, and wrote for the blog as well.

But I’m not the only intern who has found working at the aquarium to be an enriching experience.  The interns below have had similar experiences.  Take a look!

Tyler Littleton

Aquarist

Tyler is a senior at Stevenson University majoring in biology.  He came to the aquarium knowing that it would fit well with what he wanted to do in the future.

While at the aquarium, Tyler learned about all that went into taking care of the fish in his section.  This included food prep, feedings, water changes, aiding with moving the fish, and other tasks.  Tyler was responsible for the fish in the Lurking, Occupying, Migrating and Sensing exhibits in the aquarium as well as the Lobby reef.  He said that he quickly got to the point where he could care for these fish without a supervisor.

Tyler Littleton feeding fish behind the scenes

Besides making sure the fish were well kept, he conducted research on the chambered nautilus for his senior research project.  The project had to do with the husbandry of the animal, which he found didn’t exist in the scientific community.  After graduating, Tyler wants to work for an aquarium or do some type of open water excursion, performing population studies and fish collection.

Annelise Murphy

Events & Promotions

Annelise is a junior at Towson University majoring in mass communications, double tracking in public relations and advertisement, and minoring in English.  She was attracted to the idea of working for a company with such an extensive conservation and eco-friendly incentive.

Annelise Murphy

When she is not researching for an event, she can be found writing and making edits to blogs, helping with the aquarium’s social media platforms, environmental scanning, and seeing where the aquarium’s been showing up in the news.  Annelise is interested in both event planning and advertisement, but is open to testing the waters with other areas within the communications field.  She plans on doing another internship in the near future in order to get more insight on her intended career endeavors.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of our What It’s Like to Intern at the Aquarium series!

Interested in interning at the National Aquarium? Learn more here.


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