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, E. E. Biology, and other boards (150 hours are required for five units of credit.) Interns seeking university credit work a minimum of 8-10 hours per week at the Seymour Center with an additional 4-7 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 Intern

College students or college graduates can become part of our outstanding team of school volunteers 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, touch tank, and more. Gain valuable knowledge and experience through teaching a wide range of marine science concepts aligned with the California Science Content Standards.

Teaching & Project Interns need to be available at least one day per week (Tuesday-Friday) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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 (make teacher reminder calls, photocopies, and assist staff with various projects, etc.), 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.

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: 80 hours/quarter
  • 5 units of credit: 150 hours completed over 2-3 consecutive quarters

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 2014-15 School Programs Internship Information.

There are currently no openings available for Teaching & Project Interns, however prospective interns are encouraged to submit an application (see below). Applications will be reviewed and selected candidates will be contacted for interviews as positions become available.

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.

Mail completed application to:

Seymour Marine Discovery Center Internship Program
Seymour Marine Discovery Center
100 Shaffer Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Days & Hours

Tuesday - Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM
Open Mondays, July and August
Holiday Closure, July 3-4


What's New!

July 19
Whales of Sri Lanka

Discover the unorthodox blue whales of Sri Lanka and Asha de Vos’ efforts to save them.

30-minute guided tours offer insights into one of the longest wooden piers in the United States. Every Saturday and Sunday during the summer, at 1 and 3 PM. Tours led by Seymour Center docents.

Thank you, voters for selecting the Seymour Center as one of six environmental organizations supported by the 2015-16 New Leaf Community Markets Envirotoken Program; starts July 1.



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