​​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. 

No applications are being taken at this time.

Watershed Warrior Batten Fellow

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center's Guest Engagement staff is now accepting applications for a Watershed Warrior Batten Fellowship. The application deadline is open until candidate has been selected. Fellows are expected to work 400 hours over a consecutive three-month period, starting in May and ending in December. Fellowships will be fulfilled in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines and positions are subject to change based on the most current recommendations. Housing is not provided by the Virginia Aquarium. Fellows are fully responsible for fulfilling all requirements of their home institutions to receive academic credit. Pay rate is $9.50 per hour.

The Watershed Warrior Fellow will be responsible for helping develop and implement the Watershed Warriors program with a focus on developing and implementing fun educational content on the importance of watersheds. This inclusive person will serve as a role model for diverse youth docents and mentor them to engage a wide variety of guests to the Virginia Aquarium. 

  • Develop station activities and engagements in line with the current COVID guidelines that highlight the importance of watersheds and the roles watersheds play in conservation.
  • Engage a wide variety of audiences to the Aquarium to educate them on how they can take action to protect their local watersheds.
  • Supervise and mentor Watershed volunteers to ensure a positive, fulfilling experience for them and for guests to the Virginia Aquarium.
  • Train and coach Watershed volunteers to engage guests while communicating Watershed-specific educational content.
  • Work with staff to ensure guests needs are met with excellent customer service.
  • Facilitate additional team-building exercises and programs for the Watershed Warrior volunteers to build their skills and retain their interest in the organization. 


  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must be a rising junior, recent graduate, or currently pursuing a post-graduate degree in related field
  • Must be self-motivated, articulate, mature, reliable, and responsible. Should work well independently as well as with a team.
  • Must be physically fit with the ability to lift 50lbs and stand for long periods of time outdoors.
  • Be comfortable in and around open water and boats.
  • Demonstrate interest in a career in environmental education and/or science communication.
  • Have some experience mentoring and coaching volunteers or students in the noted age group.
  • Have excellent communication skills.
  • Be comfortable talking to guests and providing good customer service. 
  • Possess a valid U.S. driver’s license.
  • Pass a City of Virginia Beach background check. 
  • Be available to work during the Aquarium's operating hours, 9am-5pm/7pm(summer) daily, which includes weekends and holidays. 
  • Develop fundamental engagement skills and test strategies for informal environmental education communication.
  • Gain supervisory and mentoring skills with a diverse youth volunteer team. 
  • Facilitate teamwork through positive actions and activities.
  • Deliver a formal report of your experience that includes insight and knowledge gained that you share with the education staff in an informal presentation.   
Fellow is expected to be available 4-5 days per week: 9am - 5pm, 9 am - 7 pm during the summer. Weekend and holiday coverage are expected.

400 hours

Guest Engagement Education Project Supervisor 

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

A complete Watershed Warrior Batten Fellowship application packet must include the following. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.
  • A Cover letter indicating the specific Batten Fellowship opportunity for which you are applying. There is some flexibility with the fellowship start and end dates; please include any known schedule conflicts in your cover letter.
  • A Fellowship expectations letter. This should detail what you expect to do and gain from your experience.
  • Resume
  • College Transcript(s)
  • Two letters of recommendation. One must be an academic reference.

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Boulevard
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451 
Attn: Volunteer Resources – Batten Fellowship 

If applying via email, please send application to Interns@VirginiaAquarium.com and copy kpburns@virginiaaquarium.com. Please type "Watershed Warrior Fellowship" in the subject line.  Incomplete application packets will not be considered.