Animal Care Internship Opportunity; Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder

Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder is a non-profit company in Key Largo, FL which is committed to the conservation and protection of marine mammals worldwide, through our active involvement in conservation, research, extensive education, and outreach programs. DPMMR welcomes students and recent graduates worldwide to apply for an internship within our Animal Care & Training department. Our level 1 Animal Care & Training Internship is designed to give participants practical hands-on experience with marine mammal care, including participation in all aspects of the daily care & training of our Atlantic bottlenose dolphin population. Interns can expect to work alongside our animal care staff as they progress through a detailed training practicum, providing foundational skills needed to obtain an entry-level position within the field of animal care. DPMMR’s level 2 Animal Care and Training internship dives deep into the understanding of training principles and practical application. Participants of DPMMR’s level 1 internship may apply and be accepted to participate in the level 2 internship up to a year after completion of the first level. Attached is a link with additional information regarding the internships at DPMMR.

Internship Requirements
  • Must be at least 18 years old by the start of the internship
  • Must have completed at least 1 semester of college
  • Must be willing to accept the position as unpaid
  • Must be available for 40 hours per week for a minimum of 12 weeks
  • Must submit a hard copy of all application materials before the application deadline
Application Details

Interested applicants should mail the following materials to the mailing address provided OR email the complete application to intern@dpmmr.org. 

  • Completed and signed DPMMR Internship Application
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (Must not be from family or friends)
  • Recent Photograph
Mailing Address

Animal Care and Training Intern Coordinator
Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder
31 Corrine Place
Key Largo, Florida 33037

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed approximately three months before the start of the internship. We encourage all applicants to apply as soon as possible to the season they wish to participate in. 

SessionTentative Internship DatesApplication Deadlines
SpringMid-February thru Mid-MayOctober to Mid-December
SummerMid-May thru Mid-AugustJanuary to Mid-March
FallMid-August thru NovemberApril to Mid-June
WinterDecember thru FebruaryJuly to Mid-September

DPMMR is located in Key Largo, Florida and accepted interns are expected to provide their own housing. The intern coordinators are happy to assist interns with finding affordable housing arrangements upon request. Interns should expect to maintain financial stability throughout the internship, including rent, transportation, meals, and other expenses.

For all other inquires, please check out the Animal Care & Training FAQs or contact the intern coordinators via email at intern@dpmmr.org

For more information about this opportunity, go to: https://www.dpmmr.org/educational-classes/internships