We are looking for dynamic college students and college graduates with some basic knowledge of marine science, biology, or environmental studies to work with our education staff.

Visitor Programs Interns

These interns lead hands-on activities and help develop and interpret the center’s exhibits, aquaria, and marine mammal research areas. They also help provide educational programming for K-12 students, leading tours at the marine lab, and assisting with various projects.

UCSC students can earn up to 5 units of university credit through Environmental Studies (120 hours are required for five units of credit.) Interns seeking university credit work a minimum of 8 hours per week at the Seymour Center with an additional 4 hours per week required for related preparation and research. Interns commit to a set schedule. A final project or paper may be required.

School Programs Teaching and Project Interncrab_touch

We are currently accepting applications for 2015-16 Teaching and Project Internships.

Teaching and Project Intern Flier.

College students or college graduates can become part of our outstanding team of School Programs Instructors who teach engaging, hands-on, marine science activities to visiting school groups in our seawater and teaching labs. Learn to lead interpretive tours to Long Marine Lab’s marine mammal overlook, blue whale skeleton, invertebrate and shark touch pools, and more. Gain valuable knowledge and experience through teaching a wide range of marine science concepts to students ranging in age from kindergarten to community college.

Teaching & Project Interns need to be available at least one morning per week (Tuesday-Friday) from for teaching. In addition to teaching and preparation time at home, interns are expected to schedule at least two additional hours per week to assist with administrative projects, or lead additional tours as needed.

The number of Teaching & Project Intern opportunities is limited due to scheduling constraints. Teaching & Project Interns are expected to volunteer for a minimum of two quarters, preferably three (i.e. six or more months). Preference will be given to interns who commit to the entire school year. The total number of hours an intern needs to work depends on whether the intern wants to volunteer for credit or experience.

Credit is offered to UCSC students via the Environmental Studies Internship Program. If interested in obtaining credit, interns must work a specific number of hours and complete additional written work that is evaluated by a faculty sponsor.

  • 2 units of credit: 60 hours/quarter
  • 5 units of credit: 120 hours completed over 2-3 consecutive quarters

Students attending colleges other than UCSC should inquire with their school’s career center or academic department for guidance on how to obtain credit for Seymour Center internships.

Interning for experience offers more flexibility and no requirement for written work or a faculty sponsor. The minimum commitment is typically one 3-hour shift each week during the school year.

For more information download 2015-16 School Programs Internship Information.

Visitor Programs Docent Training Intern

College students or college graduates can work with the Visitor Programs staff and volunteers to develop teaching materials for the docent training course held at the Seymour Center from January to March. This is an amazing opportunity to develop skills in areas such as administration, course organization, developing materials, researching scientific concepts and current research data, interpretation and to be a part of a high-quality training program.

Interns assist with interpreting research exhibits, seawater touch tank and aquarium displays to visitors. Interns also help with basic support and background research that is essential to program operation. Requirements for this position include: being responsible and reliable, excellent customer service skills, highly organized, and enthusiasm for learning marine science and interpretation.

Interns work roughly 150 hours per quarter for a 5-unit internship (approx. 12-15 hours per week) or about 80 hours per quarter for a 2-unit internship (approx. 6-8 hours per week). A minimum of two 3-hour shifts per week is required with additional time spent for prep, set-up/clean-up, research, meetings, etc.

Download an Internship Application.
(The Internship Application is best viewed and filled out using Adobe Reader.)

Send completed application to:
Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Internship Program
100 Shaffer Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Days & Hours

Tuesday - Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


December 16, 5-7pm

Become a part of our team! Come learn how you can become a Seymour Center Volunteer.

Fantastic opportunity available; apply now! Applications due November 29.

Attention Teachers!
Space is still available for K-14 marine science education programs at the Seymour Center.

December 13, 12-5:30pm

Enjoy children's activities while shopping for gifts by local artists and crafts people at the Seymour Center!

You'll see a lot of construction taking place here at the Coastal Science Campus but know, the Seymour Center is open for business as usual. Come visit!


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