NIWC Pacific

NIWC Pacific

Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific

U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program


Reconnaissance and Interdiction Division​

Veterinary Medical Externship

Veterinarian students giving ultrasound exam

Deadline: November 1

For students in their fourth year of veterinary school, the Veterinary Medical Externship provides a comprehensive look at the Marine Mammal Program.

The veterinary staff provides on-call veterinary care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Mornings are typically used for scheduled clinical procedures, veterinary medical technologies support, and rounds. Most afternoons are dedicated to sample processing, data entry, research, training, and unscheduled (urgent) procedures.

Students are given the opportunity to observe and participate in all clinical activities, under the direction of the veterinary staff, as the situation permits. In addition, students are expected to select and complete a clinical project in marine mammal medicine while on-site.

Externship runs 4-6 weeks.

Detailed information

Undergraduate Internship

Intern students helping in fish house

The Animal Care and Training Internship with the Navy Marine Mammal Program is designed to give sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduate students a dynamic educational experience in the marine mammal field while offering valuable career experience. Students are responsible for a number of support tasks with dolphins and sea lions throughout the course of the internship including diet preparation, sanitation, and equipment and facility maintenance. Interns also have the opportunity to assist the Navy’s marine mammal training staff in husbandry, research and open-water training sessions.

Internship is a 40 hours per week, 16-week commitment.


For spring – October 1

For summer – March 1

For fall – June 1

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High School Students

Each winter, Sea Cadets from around the country are selected to participate in a two-week internship program at the Navy Marine Mammal Program through a competitive process. Currently the only opportunity that exists for high school students is through the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps.

High school students who are interested are encouraged to contact the Sea Cadet Corps to find out how they can get involved with the program.

See also: Marine Mammal Program