The Dolphin Institute (TDI), Ko Olina, Hawai'i is offering a limited number of internships for college-level students toassist in field surveys of cetaceans, in processing of obtained data, and ind evelopment 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 www.dolphin-institute.org .
During the winter of 2008-2009, TDI will focus on surveys of cetaceans 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 our 19 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
- Behavioral recording
- Data entry and analysis
- Boat safety
- Familiarity with cetacean research and literature
- Public education.
We are accepting applicants immediately. Interns must complete at least three full days for a three-month period. Interns who are interested in staying longer will be evaluated at the end of the three-month period.
The internship begins at the end of November 2008 and ends at the end of February 2009.
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.
Marine mammal experience, experience with computer programs such as Aperture, Photoshop, FileMaker Pro, digital photography experience.
Placement for this internship is highly competitive. TDI is looking for extremely motivated and dedicated individuals. 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
Positions are open until filled, but early application is encouraged.
Aliza J. Milette
Field Project & Education Coordinator
The Dolphin Institute