The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is seeking enthusiastic students for two exciting summer internships on Sanibel Island.


During the Marine Biology Education (paid) summer internship, interns will have the opportunity to work with the Museum’s experienced Marine Biologists to learn about mollusk biology, ecology, and taxonomy. Interns will gain valuable public speaking and education skills while acting as Touch Pool Docents in the Museum’s new Beyond Shells Living Gallery of aquariums.


During the Aquarium Husbandry (unpaid) summer internship, interns will work with Marine Biologists and Aquarists to learn how to care for saltwater aquariums and the living animals they house, including feeding and water quality testing.


Additionally, the Museum is hiring multiple Customer Service Associates to greet visitors, sell admissions and event tickets, answer questions about programs and exhibits, and ring up purchases in the Museum Store.


The National Shell Museum is a nationally-accredited natural history museum and aquarium with a focus on shells, marine life, and conservation. The Museum includes 11 saltwater aquariums exhibiting over 60 species of marine life including a Giant Pacific Octopus, as well as 35 exhibits of shells; a changing exhibition gallery; and auditorium for public programs and films. The Museum welcomes between 50,000 and 60,000 visitors annually.


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About the Museum: The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is a Natural History Museum, and the only accredited museum in the United States with a primary focus on shells and mollusks. Its mission is to use exceptional collections, aquariums, programs, experiences, and science to be the nation’s leading museum in the conservation, preservation, interpretation, and celebration of shells, the mollusks that create them, and their ecosystems. Permanent exhibitions on view include the Great Hall of Shells which displays highlights of the Museum’s collection of some 550,000 shells, as well as the Beyond Shells living gallery of aquariums and over 50 species of marine life. For more information on the Museum, please visit or call (239) 395-2233.