How was your first week as an intern?

17 June 2014: My first week as an intern was an experience I will never forget. I felt truly welcomed and accepted by everyone within the Aquarium. Everyone was so willing to help and made sure I had everything I needed to make my first week marvelous. The workers, volunteers, Aqua-teens and HSIP of course are all awesome and I love how everyone, everyday come together as one to help make the Aquarium function exceedingly well. Throughout the first week of this internship I’ve done so many things I would’ve never thought about doing if I wasn’t at the Aquarium. I would have to say that holding snakes and alligators were the two most nerve wrecking things I encountered in my first week at the Aquarium, but once I got the hang of it I really enjoyed interacting with these animals. I learned so many new and interesting things about the Aquarium and the animal in it, and I ready to learn even more. My first week at the Aquarium is an unforgettable experience and I look forward to the next 7 weeks here at the Aquarium!

You are halfway through your internship, what your thoughts?

7 July 2014: Knowing that I’m halfway through my internship is kind of bitter sweet. It’s great because I’m happy to be learning new things each day, and getting to interact with visitors. It’s sad because it means that the internship is half over and my interactions with everyone is coming to an end. I’m really going to miss coming to the AQ throughout the week learning and exploring different things. I LOVE working at the AQ with all my awesome co-workers and will definitely miss it when it ends. But I can also say I had a wonderful experience here and will look into volunteering.

What is your favorite part of the internship so far?

21 July 2014: Through the time I’ve spent at the Aquarium for my internship, I would have to say that my favorite part is taking animals out on the floor and interacting with the guest. I love doing this because I’m a people person and love the see people’s expression when they see me holding a real Alligator, turtle, or snake. I especially like seeing the little kids (I LOVE KIDS) and tell them all about the different animal in the Aquarium. It’s humorous because many people are like “YOU’RE A BRAVE GIRL” and I find it ironic because before this internship, I was just like them. I wouldn’t be caught holding any of these animals, except probably a turtle. After interacting with all the animals throughout the Aquarium, I think I’ve found a new found love. These animals are so cool and there is so much to learn about that you’ll never get bored. This internship really opened me up to new things and I love every aspect of it.

What advice would you give future applicants?

2 August 2014: My advice for future interns is to just be open, ready to learn, and ready to have a Fin-Tas-Tic time. Always want to learn new things so you can educate yourself and guests. You should also make sure you enjoy every minute of this internship, because this is like a once in a life time experience, were you can not only better yourself but better everyone around you. Being yourself and asking questions are also an important aspect of this internship because that’s how you learn and get to know your HSIP Leaders. This internship is great and you’ll gain so much knowledge within the eight weeks you’re here, it’ll be mind-blowing. The only advice you really need is to just have fun while doing your job with a wonderful attitude. Just know everything you gain from the aquarium doesn’t only apply to the aquarium but to the real world, so take it all in so you can improve yourself.