Fish family in exhibit swimming stingray Butterfly pollinating a flower
Fish family in exhibit swimming stingray Butterfly pollinating a flower



The Butterfly House & Aquarium (BHA) is home to South Dakota’s only saltwater aquarium and tropical butterfly conservatory. The BHA offers a variety of unique hands-on experiences for land-locked Sioux Falls residents and surrounding communities. Internships  are structured for college students who are interested in ensuring our oceans and rainforests remain vital and healthy for generations to come.

Butterfly House & Aquarium internships are unpaid, part-time and seasonal, requiring a time commitment specified by the applicable department. University credit for internships can be earned in most cases.

To be considered for the internship program, applicants must complete the application process. We ask that all applicants complete the intern application

Applicants selected to continue, please be prepared to submit a cover letter and resume or curriculum vita. 

General Program Requirements and Expectations (additional requirements for various departments below):

  • Currently enrolled in college or vocational program
  • Good standing with your school
  • High interest level for the field of the internship in which you are applying
  • Positive Attitude
  • Adhere to dress codes and all other rules established for all Butterfly House & Aquarium employees 

Application Deadlines

Spring – Apply between August 1 - November 1

Summer – Apply between December 1- March 1

Fall –  Apply between April 1- July 1

*Students interested in an internship are encouraged to check the academic internship requirements at their educational institution before applying.

Ecology Internship

Primary Duties: Assisting the Biologist with daily care and maintenance of small animal exhibits Completing accurate records pertaining to animal husbandry Providing proper care,
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Education Intern

Primary Duties: Greet and orient field trip groups – visiting schools, non-school youth groups Instruct interactive, creative, age-appropriate onsite classes for school and youth
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Lepidoptera Internship

Primary Duties: Assisting the Biologist with daily care and maintenance of the butterfly conservatory Processing weekly shipments of butterfly chrysalides Maintaining accurate USDA
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Aquarist Internship

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:  Interns will facilitate documentation of the ongoing changes of exhibit habitats, from chemical acclimation to behavioral compatibility of tank specimens.
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Exhibit Interpretation Intern

Primary Duties: Interact with guests as they explore the Butterfly House & Aquariums exhibits Facilitate interactive hands-on learning and provide educational information to guests of all
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Marketing Internship

Position Summary: The Butterfly House & Aquarium Marketing Department is seeking a summer Marketing Intern to assist with a wide variety of projects. The qualified intern should be prepared to work
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