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Animal Programs - Aquatic Research Internship - Fall 2018


Disney Professional Internships
Aquatic Research Internship – Fall 2018
The Seas with Nemo & Friends® Pavilion at Epcot®

We make magic.” That’s our motto at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. And it permeates everything we do. At Disney, you’ll help inspire that magic by enabling our teams to push the limits of entertainment and create the never-before-seen!
Be a part of a transformative team and culture…
The Aquatic Research Intern will make an impact by collecting, compiling and analyzing data in an aquarium setting. Research topics include fish health and husbandry practices, including water chemistry, as well as behavior and cognition of a variety of aquatic animals, including marine mammals ResponsibilitiesThrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment while caring for animals involved in on-going studies and communicate the intricacies and importance of research to Disney’s guests.

  • Perform daily water chemistry analysis on six 140-gallon salt-water, aquarium systems and maintain daily records for each system
  • Provide daily care of research fish as needed, including feeding and cleaning of their habitats and assisting in the plumbing and maintenance of the fish research systems
  • Be involved with daily dolphin cognition sessions, including set up and tear down of computer, video and other equipment, creation of experimental stimuli and data collection and recording
  • Interact with park guests sharing information with them about our on-going research.
  • Conduct weekly acoustic monitoring sessions of marine mammalsv

Basic Qualifications
What You Bring to the Role:

  • Demonstrate strong interest in pursuing a research career in aquatic animal-related topics
  • Minimum of three months mentored independent research experience with aquatic animals under the direction of a senior scientist
  • Minimum of three months experience caring for aquatic animals, preferably at a zoo or aquarium
  • SCUBA certification is required at the time of application. Applicants must currently have a SCUBA certification card when applying for the internship.
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds

Preferred QualificationsThe Intern’s preferred qualifications include:

  • Public speaking experience
  • Scientific writing experience

Required Education Required Education:

  • College Junior, Senior or recent college graduate from undergrad program studying Biology, Zoology, Animal Science, Pre-Veterinary, Psychology or other related science major
  • Minimum grade point average 3.2

Preferred Education

  • Psychology minor

Company Overview The Walt Disney Company is the global leader in high-quality entertainment and innovative technology. Begin a career that delivers unparalleled creative content and experiences to audiences around the world. Additional InformationRequired Materials

Résumé (outlining all of your required qualifications)

• College transcripts (official or unofficial)
* A copy of your SCUBA Certification Card front and back within 48 hours of submitting application
* A Cover letter to tell us a bit more about how your experience to date has prepared you to apply for this internship, and how you feel it will benefit your future career.

To upload these documents:
• Log into your dashboard at

• Click the link labeled “edit profile info”
• Click on the "Attachments" Tab
• Be sure your document is titled in this format: FirstName_LastName_Type (i.e. Mickey_Mouse_Transcripts or Mickey_Mouse_CoverLetter)
• Select document type of “Other”
If you experience any difficulty with uploading documents, please e-mail
Internship Eligibility:
• Must be enrolled in an accredited college/university taking at least one class in the semester/quarter (spring/fall) prior to participation in the internship program OR must have graduated from a college/university within 6 months OR currently participating in a Disney College Program or Disney Professional Internship
• Must be at least 18 years of age
• Must not have completed one year of continual employment on a Disney internship or program.
• Must possess unrestricted work authorization
• Must provide full work availability
• Must provide own transportation to/from work
• Current Active Disney cast members must meet Professional Internship transfer guidelines (for Walt Disney World cast members this is no more than four points and one reprimand in the last six months; for Disneyland cast members this is six months of consecutive service and a performance record clear of any disciplinary issues (warnings, suspensions, etc.) for at least six months)
Program Length: The approximate dates of this internship are June 2018 - January 2019. Interns must be fully available for the duration of the internship.
Housing: A limited amount of company-sponsored housing is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Recommendation – Print This Role Description: Strong candidates may be invited to complete a phone interview. We strongly encourage applicants to print a copy of this role description so they can refer to it in the event they are selected for a phone interview. Note that this role description will not be accessible once the posting is closed.

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