MYSTIC, Conn. - Education has taken on a decidedly different look during the COVID-era. With home schooling and hybrid learning models becoming the norm, Mystic Aquarium has worked to introduce creative solutions for students and parents alike. Already, a new, full-day academic enrichment program is available for students in Kindergarten through Grade 7. And today, the team of educators at the Aquarium announced expansion of their renowned internship program to include a newly reimagined comprehensive program for High School students.
The High School Internship Program will leverage the unique assets of the Aquarium to introduce students to a variety of careers and pathways to success. In this eight-week program, specifically designed for students in grades 9 to 12, students will work and study alongside Aquarium professionals.
“We have experienced educators, world-class animal care professionals and a wealth of experience delivering robust, enriching and rewarding internship opportunities,” said Kelly Matis, Vice President of Education and Conservation. “We know that families are keenly focused on unique and engaging educational solutions for students at all grade levels, and we are proud to offer this prestigious program to enhance and expand career development.”
Sessions will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m., Sept. 29 through Nov. 19. For complete details, including tuition, visit MysticAquarium.org.
Students will be mentored in small groups by professional staff where they will develop a range of technical and interpersonal workforce skills including resume building, interviewing, communication and leadership. Specific internship highlights include job shadow opportunities with animal care professionals and conservation specialists, as well as engagement in authentic research projects and hands-on educational marine science experiences. Interns will also complete an independent project that will fulfill service-learning requirements.
As a state licensed childcare facility, Mystic Aquarium strictly adheres to all state guidelines for group size and COVID safety. A stringent set of guidelines has been established to ensure student and educator safety. These guidelines were successfully in place as Mystic Aquarium hosted on-site summer camps over the last few months.