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.


School Programs Teaching and Project Interns

Spring 2018 Intern Position Available. Must be available Tuesday or Thursday mornings. Apply now!

*School Programs Intern Information Sheet         *Internship Application


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 engaging tours to Long Marine Lab’s blue and gray whale skeletons, marine mammal research overlook, invertebrate and shark touch pools, and more. Gain valuable knowledge and experience as a science educator 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) 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 completed over 2-3 consecutive quarters
  • 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.

More details and answers to Frequently Asked Question can be found on the School Programs Intern Information Sheet.

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


Visitor Programs Docent Training Intern

InternshipsCollege 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 McAllister Way
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Days & Hours

Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


March 24, 2018

The distinguished career of Gary Griggs will be honored at this elegant event. Proceeds directly support marine science education.

Sunday, March 18, 2018
1:30 - 2:30 PM

"Collecting Evolution: The Galapagos Expedition That Vindicated Darwin"

Join Matthew James as he tells the story of the 1905-06 Galapagos expedition and its implications.

Summer camp program information and applications are available online NOW! Applications due: Thursday, March 22, 2018 by 5 PM.

During March, members receive added benefits and discounts. Join or renew online today!

Interested in learning and sharing marine science and conservation with the public? Join the Seymour Center's volunteer team as an Exhibit Guide. We are now accepting applications.

Inspire scientific curiosity in your students with a field trip. Book a Self-guided Exhibit Exploration or a Reserved School Tour today.

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