The Dolphin Institute (TDI), Ko Olina, Hawai'i is offering a limited number of internships for college-level students to assist in field surveys of dolphins, in processing of obtained data, and in development and presentation of marine conservation education programs for local students and the general public.
TDI is a marine mammal science and education center located at Ko Olina in leeward Oahu that focuses on whales and dolphins in Hawaiian waters. It is directed by Dr. Adam Pack, Assistant Professor at University of Hawai'i at Hilo, and Dr. Louis Herman, an emeritus professor at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Further information on TDI can be found at
During the summer of 2008, TDI will focus on surveys of dolphins off the Leeward Coast of Oahu, on processing and analyzing our archives of dolphin and humpback whale data, and on public education programs.
The internship is part time and unpaid. Interns are responsible for their own housing and transportation to Ko Olina. On-water research will be conducted aboard our19 or 21 foot outboard boats. Data processing and analysis will take place at the Ko Olina lab.
Public education may take place at our learning center at the Ko Olina lab, at public venues, or at local schools. Interns can expect to participate in and learn a variety of facets of marine mammal research including:
Digitizing and enhancing identification photographs
Data entry and analysis
Familiarity with cetacean research and literature
We are accepting applicants immediately. Interns must complete at least one full day and either a second full day or two half days a week for a one-month period. Interns who are interested is staying longer will be evaluated at the end of the one-month period. The internship period begins on June 23 and ends on July 18th.
Requirements: College or post-college education preferred; experience in research; two letters of recommendation; ability to work closely and harmoniously in a team atmosphere; self-motivation.
Desirable qualifications: Marine mammal experience, experience with computer programs such as Photoshop, FileMaker Pro, digital photography experience.
Send cover letter indicating why you are seeking this internship and why you feel you are qualified, complete resume, college transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. Send applications or inquiries by email to the Field Project and Education Coordinator, Aliza Milette, at AJMilette@gmail.com.
Positions are open until filled.