Fellowships for College Students

The Aquarium offers fellowship opportunities in marine science, animal care, exhibits and education to college or post-graduate students. These fellowships include a stipend to help offset personal and incidental expenses. Batten Fellowships fund students to complete work in specific projects and programs.


Research & Conservation Division

Sea Turtle and Marine Mammal Stranding Response and Research & Conservation (Stipends provided)

This year the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center's Research & Conservation Division is offering Fellowship positions with the Stranding Response Program (VAQS) during the busy spring/summer season from May – September. Qualified students can compete for one of two Batten Fellowship positions which include a stipend to help offset personal and incidental expenses. Batten Fellows are expected to bring a higher level of dedication and scientific interest to the program and will be integrated more fully into staff activities. Successful candidates will be required to complete a final report on their Fellowship work which will be submitted to the Aquarium's Batten Fellowship Endowment Committee. Those not accepted for a Batten Fellowship may still compete for a general internship (no stipend).

Batten Fellowship Requirements for Application

Batten Fellows candidates must meet the following requirements for application:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be a rising senior, recent graduate or be pursuing a post‐graduate degree in a science‐based program
  • Demonstrate interest in a career in marine or veterinary science
  • Have basic math and computer skills using MS spreadsheets, databases and data entry (advanced programs such as SQL, GIS, R, etc. preferred)
  • Have a valid U.S. drivers license and good driving record
  • Be able to swim and be comfortable in and around open water and boats
  • Be self‐motivated and able to perform activities both as part of a team as well as independently
  • Be able to lift and carry 25 pounds and assist with lifting and moving larger loads
  • Be able to hike up to 5 miles on beaches carrying gear
  • Be physically and mentally fit: you will be expected to handle field activities, extreme weather, constantly changing environmental conditions, extended periods of intense activities, dead and decomposing animals (both during response and necropsy), prolonged periods of travel, insects, team activities, individual activities, euthanasia, sick and injured animals, etc.
  • Be available to perform support activities (24‐7) as needed during the period of appointment (e.g. May 15, 2014 through August 15, 2014)
Due to delays, the Research and Conservation Batten Fellowship selection committee will be accepting application materials for these Batten Fellowships until February 10, 2014.

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Exhibits and Husbandry Division

Birds –Enrichment Program Improvement (Stipend Provided)

This year the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is offering fellowship positions in the Exhibits and Husbandry Division during the spring/summer session from May to September. Qualified individuals may apply for a Batten Fellowship. This position focuses on improving the enrichment program for the Aquarium's bird collection.

This fellowship will be supplemented by a $3000 stipend to offset a portion of personal and incidental expenses. Incidental expenses may include the purchase of items necessary to complete the project. A stipend payment schedule will occur every two weeks when staff checks are issued. Stipend funds will be broken up in to even payments throughout the Fellowship session.

Batten Fellowship Requirements for Application

Batten Fellows candidates must meet the following requirements for application:

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must be a rising college junior or senior, recent graduate or be pursuing a post-graduate degree in a science-based program
  • Must have demonstrated pursuit of a career in marine or veterinary science through college course work
  • Must have sound, basic math and computer skills using MS spreadsheets, database utilization, creation and data entry
  • Must have a valid U.S. drivers license and good driving record
  • Must be self-motivated and able to perform activities alone or as part of a team
  • Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds and assist with lifting and moving larger loads
  • Must be able to work in extreme conditions (high heat, cold, humidity)

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Exhibits and Husbandry Division

Marine Mammal Enrichment Assessment (Stipend Provided)

This year the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is offering a fellowship position in the Mammals Section of the Exhibits and Husbandry Division during the spring/summer session from May to September. The position focuses Aquarium's Harbor seal collection. This fellowship will be supplemented by a $3000 stipend to offset a portion of personal and incidental expenses. Incidental expenses may include the purchase of items necessary to complete the project. A stipend payment schedule will occur every two weeks when staff checks are issued. Stipend funds will be broken up in to even payments throughout the Fellowship session.

Batten Fellowship Requirements for Application

Batten Fellows candidates must meet the following requirements for application:

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must be a rising college junior or senior, recent graduate or be pursuing a post-graduate degree in a science-based program
  • Must have demonstrated pursuit of a career in marine science, aquaculture, zoo and aquarium management or veterinary science through college course work
  • Must have sound, basic math and computer skills using MS spreadsheets, database utilization, creation and data entry
  • Must have a valid U.S. drivers license and good driving record
  • Must be able to swim and be comfortable in and around open water
  • Must be self-motivated and able to perform activities alone or as part of a team
  • Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds and assist with lifting and moving larger loads
  • Must be able to work in extreme conditions (high heat, cold, humidity)
  • SCUBA certification is not required

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Exhibits and Husbandry Division

Batten Fellowships for Exhibits and Husbandry (Stipend Provided)

This year the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is offering a fellowship position in the Fishes Section of the Exhibits and Husbandry Division during the spring/summer session from May to September. The position focuses Aquarium's touchpool operation collection. This fellowship is supplemented by a stipend to offset a portion of personal and incidental expenses.

Batten Fellowship Requirements for Application

Batten Fellows candidates must meet the following requirements for application:

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must be a rising college junior or senior, recent graduate or be pursuing a post-graduate degree in a science-based program
  • Must have demonstrated pursuit of a career in marine science, aquaculture, zoo and aquarium management or veterinary science through college course work
  • Must have sound, basic math and computer skills using MS spreadsheets, database utilization, creation and data entry
  • Must have a valid U.S. drivers license and good driving record
  • Must be able to swim and be comfortable in and around open water
  • Must be self-motivated and able to perform activities alone or as part of a team
  • Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds and assist with lifting and moving larger loads
  • Must be able to work in extreme weather conditions (high heat, cold, humidity)
  • SCUBA certification is not required
  • Strong observational skills and data gathering skills will be necessary.
  • Strong interpersonal skills necessary.

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