Internships have become an integral and critical part of career development, particularly in the marine mammal field. It has been shown that the hosting organization, the students, as well as university partners benefit from internship programs. The Audubon Aquarium of the America’s has a well-established internship program in their husbandry department but not one specifically designed for the sea otter department. A formal sea otter internship program and manual was created for the Aquarium, including a variety of learning and teaching tools organized into weekly plans, in addition to an intern job description and an intern evaluation. The weekly lessons include readings from relevant sources (predominantly peer-reviewed articles), animal care and facility operations guidelines, research information and conservation strategies, rehabilitation procedures at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and quizzes to test for proficiency each week. With the added structure and updated content, the Aquarium, the students, and the otters will directly benefit, and the comprehensive program can be implemented immediately.
Winchester, Elizabeth, "Development of a formal sea otter internship program at the Audubon Aquarium of Americas- New Orleans, LA" (2014). Internship Reports (Restricted). 149.
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