The Living Coast Discovery Center internship program provides engaging hands-on experiences designed to inspire and increase the diversity of professionals working in the field. During the 12-week long programs, participants will gain valuable skills and knowledge in their chosen unpaid internship area that can be used in their future careers. Check out the descriptions below to find the internship that’s right for you!

Animal Care

Are you pursuing a career in zoology, marine biology, or animal care? Join our Animal Care team and gain some hands-on experience in our avian or aquarium department and learn about the important roles our team has in keeping our animals safe, healthy, and enriched.

Ages 16+


Are you pursuing a career in environmental or science education? Then join our Education department and learn how to engage K-12 students and the general public on the importance of native species and the conservation of San Diego salt marsh habitats.

Ages 18+

Compost at the living coast


Are you passionate about sustainability? The Living Coast works with the City of Chula Vista to educate the public and schools about food waste diversion through backyard composting workshops, Master Composter courses, and zero waste initiatives. Our sustainability interns will get hands-on experience with zero waste and composting!

Ages 16+


Are you pursuing a career in botany, plant biology, or horticultural science? Work with our fantastic horticulturist to learn about what it takes to create and maintain a native plant garden.

Ages 16+


Are you pursuing a career in marketing, digital media, or communications? Join the Marketing team to gain a better understanding of what goes on behind the scenes of a nonprofit zoo & aquarium to effectively promote the mission!

Ages 18+


2023 Opportunities

SessionTime FrameProgramApplication Deadline
SummerMay-AugustAnimal CareMarch 24, 2024
SummerMay-AugustSustainabilityMarch 24, 2024
SummerMay-AugustEducationMarch 24, 2024
SummerMay-AugustHorticultureMarch 24, 2024

For questions, contact or (619) 409-5909.