Students

Youth Programs

We’re engaging the next generation of leaders in science, engineering and biology.  Discover ways to involve your upcoming trailblazer with our leading programs tailored to ages eleven to seventeen.

Our exciting shadow program for students in grades 6-12th allows participants a glimpse into the Aquarium world. Students will have the opportunity to observe jobs that keep the Aquarium afloat, like aquarist, educator or mammal behaviorist. The Program will be offered on September 5, 2016, January 16, 2017 and February 20, 2017 (President’s Day).

Application Deadline

October 2, 2017
(for October 9 Shadow Day)
January 8, 2018
(for January 15 Shadow Day)
February 12, 2018
(for February 19 Shadow Day)

Parents

You will be contacted by phone or email one week before the Shadow Days if your child is selected to participate. Contact Ashley Zalabak with questions at azalabak@scaquarium.org or 843-579-8531.

How to apply for the Youth Shadow Program

Write a 300-word essay describing why you are interested in participating and what you hope to gain from the experience. Secure a letter of recommendation from an adult, non-family member (preferably a teacher). Submit the form, essay and recommendation letter to: South Carolina Aquarium, Attn: Ashley Zalabak, 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC 29401

Application Form

The SPLASH Program is designed for 13- through 17-year olds to volunteer with a parent or guardian and to work as Exhibit Guides at cart stations and in our galleries. These volunteers spread the Aquarium’s mission with special emphasis on education, conservation, and providing extraordinary customer service.

All teens selected for further consideration will be contacted for a personal interview. To be considered for either our year-around SPLASH Program or our SUMMER SPLASH Program, please follow the guidelines below.

How to apply for the Summer SPLASH Program

Write an essay.  Submit a typed, one-page essay expressing why you and your parent would make a great volunteer team. Please include contact information for both you and parent (phone numbers, email addresses, and home address).

Submit a reference. Each teen must provide a non-relative reference, including a daytime phone number for that reference. (examples: teacher, scout leader, coach, or pastor)

Application deadline:  Essay and reference letter are due by Friday, March 24, 2017.  Interviews will be scheduled in April 2017.  Teams accepted into the program are invited to begin volunteering in May 2017.

Volunteer term:  Teen and parent will work a minimum of one shift a week for 10 weeks.  (See shifts below.)

How to apply for the Year-Around SPLASH Program

Write an essay.  Submit a typed, one-page essay expressing why you and your parent would make a great volunteer team. Please include contact information for both you and parent (phone numbers, email addresses, and home address).

Submit a reference. Each teen must provide a non-relative reference, including a daytime phone number for that reference. (examples: teacher, scout leader, coach, or pastor)

Application deadline:  Essay and reference letter may be submitted at any time.

Volunteer term:  Teen and parent will work a minimum of one shift a week for one year.  (See shifts below.)

Shifts Available

Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 12:30 – 5 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., 11:30 a.m. – 2.30 p.m. and 2 – 5 p.m.

Submissions

By Email:  volunteer@scaquarium.org
By Fax: 843-579-8511
By Letter: South Carolina Aquarium, ATTN: Splash/Volunteer Services, 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC 29401

Our Aquateen program is a seasonal volunteer internship opportunity for 16 and 17-year-old students to work as exhibit guides at the South Carolina Aquarium. Selected students should plan to work at least two four to five hour shifts per week from June through August 2017. Shifts can be in the morning or afternoon and may include weekdays and weekends.

As exhibit guides in the education department, Aquateens will interact with guests at the aquarium’s various exhibits, including the touch tank, educational carts and animal handling stations. The goal of an Aquateen is to convey the mission of the aquarium with special emphasis on fun, education, conservation, and providing an exceptional guest experience. Training will be held at the South Carolina Aquarium.

How to Apply to the Aquateen Program
  • An essay describing experiences you have had with customer service, public speaking and any strengths or skills that uniquely qualify you for the program.
  • A resume providing a summary of your experience, skill set and accomplishments.
  • A letter of reference from a non-related adult, such as a teacher or job supervisor.
  • The application form on our website (below).

Application Deadline: April 30, 2017
Interviews: May 2017
Orientation/Training Classes: May – June 2017
Program Dates: June- August 2017

Requirements
  • Eligible students should be 16 or 17 at the time of program.
  • Interested students should have a strong interest in science and the environment.

Please mail in your application form, essay, resume and letter of reference to:

South Carolina Aquarium
Attn: Andrea Margiotta
100 Aquarium Wharf
Charleston, SC 29401

amargiotta@scaquarium.org
843-579-8621

Application Form

Internship Opportunities

Every year, ten eleventh grade students are selected to form an elite group through the Aquarium’s competitive and award winning High School Internship Program.  This once in a lifetime opportunity offers Charleston area students real life work experience in a unmatched work environment.

The South Carolina Aquarium High School Intern Program is an opportunity to become a paid intern for 11th grade students in the Charleston area who qualify for free or reduced school lunch. Each spring, students attend training classes to learn about animals, ocean science, career development and team building skills. Ten students are then chosen to continue on as paid summer interns, working with marine educators and biologists throughout the summer.  Students may participate in the High School Internship program only once.

The High School Intern Program is made possible by donations from generous partners including: Alcoa Foundation, Boeing South Carolina, Google, SCE&G, and VWR Charitable Foundation.

Requirements
  • Be a current 11th grade student
  • Have a strong interest in animals and the environment
  • Qualify for free or reduced school lunch

Two references from teachers must be submitted; one must be from a science teacher. Two teachers must complete a reference form. Reference forms must be submitted in order to be considered for an internship. All applications are due by November 4, 2016.

Important Dates

Application Deadline: Nov. 4, 2016
Interviews: Nov. 29 – Dec. 13, 2016
Acceptance Mailed: Dec. 14 – 30, 2016
Parent Orientation: Jan. 4, 2017 7:00 pm
Training Classes: Jan. – April 2017
Second Interviews: May 2017
Internship Orientations: May – June 2017
Summer Internship: June – August 2017 (8 weeks)
Family Night: July 2017

All application materials must be completed and sent to:

After receiving your application and teacher references, an Aquarium team member will contact you to set up an interview. Applicants who are accepted will participate in training classes at the Aquarium from January – April. Classes will meet once a month on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Participants will be evaluated on interest, commitment and progress shown during the training classes. In April, participants will be interviewed again by Aquarium team members. Based on these evaluations, 10 participants will be chosen for paid internships with our education staff. Internships will be 20 hours/week, $9/hour, and will last for eight weeks during the months of June – July.

Mail to: South Carolina Aquarium, Attn: Ashley Zalabak / HS Intern Program, 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC 29401

Application Form   Teacher Reference Form

The South Carolina Aquarium has various opportunities for students to engage in meaningful, hands-on learning through our college internship program. This practical learning gives students the chance to gain real-world experience and learn job responsibilities. Current positions are listed below.

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