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
· 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
· 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.
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 https://www.imms.org/internship.php
Research Intern Coordinator
The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies
10801 Dolphin Lane
Gulfport, MS 39503
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