internship_faqpgHow do I get to Theater of the Sea?
Take Florida’s Turnpike south to the end in Florida City. The end of the turnpike runs directly into US 1 south. On the shoulder of US 1 you will see mile markers (MM) starting at about 125 just outside Florida City on what is called the “18 mile stretch” and counting down as you go south to zero in Key West.

Theater of the Sea is located at MM 84.5 in Islamorada, on the left-hand side (ocean side) of US 1 as you go south. After crossing Snake Creek draw bridge start watching for the park.

Theater of the Sea is approximately 45 minutes from Florida City and 90 minutes from the airport in Miami.

What should I do for transportation?
A car in the Keys is practical because everything is spread out. Other options for transportation include a bike, local bus service, taxis, and staff who may willing to give rides to and from work.

What should I do for accommodations?
Interns are responsible for arranging their own accommodations.

Some staff members rent rooms to interns. If you are interested please contact the internship coordinator at animalcare@theaterofthesea.com.

The following numbers may also be of use:

  • The Reporter local newspaper:  305-852-3216
  • Chamber of Commerce:  800-822-1088 and 800-322-5397
  • www.keysnet.com
  • www.keysnews.com
  • www.craigslist.org

How do I get school credit?
University accreditation for completion of the internship program is common and must be coordinated by the student through his or her school. Theater of the Sea will provide validation of participation upon completion.

What do I wear?
Theater of the Sea shirts are provided.

It is recommended that you bring the following items:

  • Comfortable rubber soled foot wear that can get wet. Most staff wear flip flops.
  • Navy, black or khaki shorts of moderate length and fit. You may get bleach on your shorts so it is recommended that you have shorts made of nylon or some other synthetic material.
  • Windbreaker type pants and jacket for cool weather and foul weather gear.
  • Bathing suit. A navy blue one piece may be worn as uniform instead of a shirt; any other color may be worn under shirt.
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, hat.

What else should I bring with me? 
Be sure to talk to the person you are staying with/renting from and ask if you need to bring any household items. Of course, bring enough money to keep you housed, fed, entertained and mobile during your internship.

What hours will I work?
You will typically work five days a week, 8 hours a day between 9:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M.

Do interns get paid?
Yes. All Theater of the Sea interns are paid minimum wage.

How many other interns will be there with me?
We accommodate 1 to 4 interns at a time.

On my first day what time should I arrive and who and where do I meet?
You should arrive at the main entrance at 10:00 A.M. and ask for the internship coordinator.

Where do I park my car at work?
Park in the employee parking lot located on the south side of the property.

Enter Theater of the Sea through the main entrance off of US 1, drive past the first two customer parking areas, then take a left into the employee grass/dirt parking area. Parking space is limited so please park as close to the adjacent car as possible.

What entrance do I use?
On your first day use the main entrance, then use the back parking lot entrance for rest of internship.

Where do I place my belongings at work?
There is a locker for belongings and a refrigerator for lunches.

What are my days off?
Your schedule, including days off, will be given to you on your first day.

What do I do for lunch?
You can bring your own or purchase it from Nicky’s Grill, located on the property. The Grill offers interns the employee meal price, which includes a sandwich, fries, and beverage.

How will I be evaluated?
Interns are given several written quizzes to assess their progress and are evaluated by the staff member on areas such as public relations, initiative, attitude, dependability, and attendance.

What does the internship involve?
Theater of the Sea interns work alongside animal care staff to feed and care for dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles, tropical fish, sharks, stingrays, and marine invertebrates.

Interns are trained to assist with fish preparation, exhibit upkeep, shows and programs, and animal feeds through observation, discussion, and participation with employees and by completing assigned reading materials.  Each day the intern will follow a schedule which lists job assignments and time frames for completion.

Will I be able to work with the animals?
Your direct involvement with the animals will depend on the facility needs and schedules, the animals, the staff, and your abilities.