Marine Mammal Research Internships 2009-2010
For a detailed description and application, please see our website at www.whalecenter.org/intern.htm
The Whale Center of New England, located in Gloucester, MA, is a non-profit research organization involved with the study of the behavior, ecology, and natural history of the whales and dolphins found in the waters off Massachusetts. The Whale Center is also heavily involved with habitat conservation and education programs.
We are currently looking to fill research internships for the summer (May 25-August 21) and fall (August 17 - December 18) semester of 2009 and for the spring (February 1 - May 28) semester of 2010. Please note: All positions are filled in the spring of each year.
The Whale Center of New England internship provides experience needed to further pursue fields in marine biology and animal behavior. It is our goal to provide college students and recent graduates with the opportunity to collect valuable information important to the marine mammal field and to see how this information is used in management and conservation efforts in this area. Each internship session offers different experiences in marine mammal science that will depend on the season.
These duties may include, but are not limited to:
-extensive photo-identification and computer work (training provided),
-field data collection aboard commercial whale watching vessels and our 42 research vessel The Mysticete,
-attendance at necropsies (whale autopsies),
-marine mammal stranding response,
-harbor seal surveys and
-attendance at conferences and meetings.
A fee of $1250 for the period will be charge and in return interns will receive housing and a $30 weekly food stipend. A common apartment is used, where interns live together and share cooking and cleaning duties.Rooms are shared with one other person. A living arrangement such as this is conductive to open discussion and interaction between peers and home life is often a continuation of the day in the field.
Also,college credit may be arranged by the student through their department or as an independent research program at their college or university. The Whale Center of New England encourages this, and will take whatever steps are required to facilitate such efforts.
Internship applicants should have the following:
* A background in biology, zoology, or related field
* Some knowledge of research methods and design
* An ability to work, live and communicate well with others
* Enthusiasm and dedication to work long days (sometimes 12 hours ormore) in the field or lab
* Completed their freshmen year at the time of application
In order to apply for an internship: please send a resume, a coverletter detailing your reason(s) for applying, one letter of reference, and an updated transcript. Once your application has been received, an interview will be arranged. In-person interviews are preferred, necessitating travel to Gloucester, MA, during one of two weekends in March 2009 (to be determined at a later date). All applications must be submitted by March 1, 2009. Applicants should note which semesters they are applying for (a single application may enter an applicant into the pool for more than one session, in case they are not selected for their first choice). All positions are highly competitive. Because of an increased work calendar during the summer session, volunteer positions are also available.
Application materials and questions regarding the internship should be directed to the intern coordinator:
P.O. Box 159
Gloucester, MA 01930