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Volunteers and Internships

Volunteers and Internships

Newport Aquarium relies on hundreds of dedicated volunteers and interns for everything from shark feedings to office work. If you would like to donate your time, and are willing commit to a minimum amount of time, we probably have a place for you.


We ask year-round volunteers for a minimum commitment of six months.

Interns must commit to working at least 200 hours over 15 weeks. 


Internships are available in public relations, marketing, Education and animal husbandry.


Year-round volunteers must be 18 years or older; 14-17-year-olds can join the Summer Naturalist Program. Schedules are flexible; we need volunteers on weekdays, weekends and evenings for a range of special events.


Volunteers and interns are eligible for discounts at the gift shop, Sharky'’s Cafe, and Sweet Dreams Candy store and for Newport Aquarium passes, as well as social activities and enrichment classes.

All volunteer and intern programs are administered by the nonprofit WAVE Foundation. If you would like to learn more, visit, email or call Jenny Greber at (859) 815-1441.