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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 SLEWTHS project 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 25 years, the SLEWTHS project has been featured on National Geographic and Dateline NBC. It was also honored to be among those selected to represent the best of the U.S. marine research community at the ocean-themed World’s Fair in 1998 in Portugal.

Formal internships are available to any high school graduate, ages 16 and above. For younger participants, similar opportunities are also available through our Jr. Internships program.

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)
  • Taking two CSUMB/SLEWTHS 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


$135.00 per day

$600.00 per week (5 days)

*special couples deal for 2 people: $900.00 for a week (5 day) internship

For people who have taken or are registered to take a SLEWTHS class:

$100.00 per day

$399.00 per week (5 days)

  • Discounts available for longer 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

To sign up for an internship: 


Dr. Jenifer Zeligs

Moss Landing Marine Labs

8272 Moss Landing Road

Moss Landing, CA 95039 

  • Make checks payable to: San Jose State University Foundation



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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