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Incredible hands on experience working with some of the best trained marine mammals in the world. Come learn about marine mammal care and training from the staff and animals of the world renowned Animal Training and Research International in Moss Landing, California . Directed by Dr. Jenifer Zeligs, who has been recognized as an expert in the fields of animal training and research for over 30 years, ATR Intl has been featured on National Geographic, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and was selected to represent the best of the U.S. marine research community at the ocean-themed World's Fair in 1998 in Portugal.

We offer internships for all experience levels; from Jr. internships for children 10-16, to general adults, to professionals in the field. This allows people to experience what it's really like to work with sea lions, not just an interaction program like other facilities offer (although it's still fun and exciting!).  Jr. internships require a signed parental consent form. For more information please visit our Jr. Internships page.

Interns will receive personalized attention designed to give them a feel for what it’s like to actually care for, work with, and train sea lions. All interns learn animal care, feeding, husbandry skills, and much more!

Internships are also customized for individual interests with special experiences available in training, research or veterinary medicine.

* Optional specialized animal interactions are available for multiple-day interns at a variety of costs. Contact us to ask about these experiences!

General Information:

  • Daily rates, weekly rates (5 day), or longer offered (discounts available)
  • Internships available year round – 7 days a week (multiple days do not have to be consecutive)
  • All ages and experience levels welcome
  • Scheduled on a first come, first served basis, with no more than 2 interns at a time for personal attention (summer is the busiest time, so early reservations suggested)
  • Hours are 8:30am-5:00pm for adult interns and 8:30am-3:00pm for Jr. interns
  • Adults taking two ATR Intl classes (Techniques and Theories of Animal Training & Working With Marine Mammals) and a 5-day internship earns a Certificate In Beginning Marine Mammalogy and 6 units of transferable upper division biology credit
  • All internships include a sea lion kiss and a photo for you to keep

Prices:

  • Student internship:   People who have taken or are registered to take an ATR Intl class: experience and practice techniques and skills learned in the class setting. Week long internship includes feeding sessions, 2 training sessions at the fence and 2 training sessions inside.
                            $100.00 per day                    $399.00 per week (5 days)
  • Adult internship:     For anyone who wants to learn more about animal training or loves animals. Week long internship includes training explanation talks, feeding sessions, 2 training sessions at the fence and 2 training sessions inside.
    $135.00 per day                    $550.00 per week (5 days)
            *special couples deal for 2 people: $1000.00 for a week (5 day) internship
  • Professional internship:*   For anyone working in the animal field, offers a more in-depth opportunity. Includes normal week-long activities plus; 2 extra animal sessions, 1 hour personal mentor time with Dr. Jenifer Zeligs**, and full time senior staff mentoring and interaction. .
                            $150 per day                         $650 per week

     
    *Some restrictions apply based on experience
    ** $100/hr if wanting more mentoring time with Dr. Jenifer Zeligs

To sign up for an internship: 

 

Stefani Skrovan

Moss Landing Marine Labs

8272 Moss Landing Road

Moss Landing, CA 95039 

  • Make checks payable to: San Jose State University Foundation

    • Discounts available for multiple internships and for off season (non-summer)
    • $50.00 non-refundable deposit required to reserve internship dates ($100 deposit required for summer months of June, July, and August)
    • Balance of fee due by first day of internship
    • No housing or transportation provided 

 

 

Testimonials from past interns:

 

‘I learned more and had a lot more fun that I expected, and I had pretty high expectations.” –Lynnette Waugh

 

 

“The helpfulness, support, encouragement from all the staff made this incredible opportunity an extraordinary experience.” – Maureen Gilbert

 

For more testimonials visit the Intern Testimonial Page

 

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