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Experience is always a great way to open a young person’s eyes and spark new interests. To offer young adults a glimpse into the aquarium world, the South Carolina Aquarium offers a Job Shadow Program for students in grades 6 to 12. In this program, your child will have the opportunity to observe some of the jobs that keep an Aquarium humming – like aquarist, educator, or mammal behaviorist.

Job Shadow Day Dates

The Job Shadow Program will be offered on three dates: September 5 (Labor Day), January 16 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) and February 20 (Presidents’ Day). These days are commonly requested days to shadow as most schools are not in session.

How to Apply

1) Complete the application form below.
2) Secure a letter of recommendation from an adult, non-family member (preferably a current teacher).
3) Send the recommendation letter to teens@scaquarium.org

The Job Shadow Program will be offered on three dates: September 5 (Labor Day), January 16 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) and February 20 (Presidents’ Day). These days are commonly requested days to shadow as most schools are not in session.

Application Deadlines

August 22 for September 5, Labor Day
January 2 for January 16, Martin Luther King Day
February 6 for February 20, Presidents’ Day

For questions, please contact teen programs coordinator, Shelley Shrader, at teens@scaquarium.org or  (843) 579–8604.

We will accept the first fifteen applicants and contact parents by phone or email after the deadline to inform you whether your student has been accepted to participate in the program.

Get a Glimpse Into Aquarium Careers

From being a sea turtle biologist or vet tech to an exhibit specialist or educator, working at an aquarium means never having the same day twice! Get an inside look at aquarium careers.

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