The IMMS Research Internship Program is designed as a way for students 
interested in a career in marine science to gain valuable research experience 
in a real-world setting. Interns may participate in projects involving 
bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, and diamondback terrapins. As an intern, you 
will be trained in all aspects of dolphin photo-ID research as well as any 
other current research projects at IMMS. Interns will also participate in other 
operations at IMMS including stranding response, education, and animal care. 
Our goal is to give interns a well-rounded experience in a variety of areas 
while providing expert training and experience in marine science research.

Principle Duties and Requirements
Interns must:

·         Commit to a minimum of 12 weeks. The internship can be extended 
depending on work performance

·         Be available to work Mon-Fri and must be available for all boat 
trips. Some field days may fall on the weekends.

·         Have a strong sense of responsibility, work ethic, attention to 
detail, and ability to admit mistakes.

·         Produce high quality research efforts and exhibit strong 
interpersonal skills

·         Principle Duties include: data entry, learning all research 
protocols, cropping and sorting photo-ID fin images, learning to use photo-ID 
programs such as Darwin (fin matching software) and FinBase (Microsoft Access), 
boat based field research (21' and 31' boats), and learn how to use ArcGIS

·         Secondary Duties include: assisting animal care staff, attending 
marine mammal necropsies, responding to marine mammal and sea turtle 
strandings, and assisting with educational tours

·         Field Days: Interns must be able to spend many hours on the water and 
on shore in sometimes extreme seasonal conditions. Seasonal temperatures range 
from over 100 °F in summer to 30 °F in winter. Field days typically exceed 
eight hours and occur at least two or three times a week.
Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must be 18 or older and must have a genuine interest in marine 
research. Applicants should be actively pursuing a college degree or be a 
recent graduate in oceanography, marine science/biology, biology, or a related 
field. Previous research experience in any capacity is a plus. Applicants must 
be able and willing to fulfill all duties outlined for this internship program. 
This is an unpaid position and interns are responsible for their own housing 
and transportation. Once accepted, IMMS staff will be able to assist interns by 
suggesting suitable housing options and locations.

The deadline to apply for the fall session (Aug 6-Oct 26, 2018 or Sept 24-Dec 
4, 2018) is June 1, 2018. For application and full details on how to apply 
please visit our website at

Jessica Post

Jessica Post
Research Assistant
Research Intern Coordinator

The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies
10801 Dolphin Lane
Gulfport, MS 39503

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