[MARMAM] Spring 2006 internship

Cara Pekarcik cara at whalecenter.org
Thu Oct 20 12:39:33 PDT 2005

Marine Mammal Research Internships
(For a detailed description and more information, 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 behavior,
ecology, and natural history of the whales and dolphins found in the
waters off of Massachusetts.  Primary concentration is on an
individually-identified population of humpback whales that spend
portions of the spring, summer, and fall in these waters.  Additional
species studied in this area include fin whales, minke whales, North
Atlantic right whales, sei whales and Atlantic white-sided dolphins. The
Whale Center is also heavily involved with habitat conservation and
education programs.  Since the early 1980's, the Whale Center has
provided annual spring, summer, and fall internships to undergraduate
students who have completed their freshman year of studies and to recent
college graduates.  We are currently looking to fill research
internships for the spring (January 30 - May 26) semester of 2006.  
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 interns 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.
Many of our former interns have continued to pursue their interests in
various fields of biology and education.  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 and computer work (training provided), field data collection
aboard commercial whale watching vessels and our 27' research boat
Silver II, attendance at necropsies (whale autopsies), stranding
response, seal surveys and attendance at conferences and meetings.  Fall
and spring interns also have the opportunity to create a dedicated
project utilizing the more than 26 years of behavioral data collected at
the Whale Center of New England.  Interns are involved in the project
from start to finish and will present their findings at the end of the
Interns live together in a common apartment and share cooking and
cleaning duties.  Rooms may be shared with one other person.  A living
arrangement such as this is conducive to open discussion and interaction
between peers, and home life is often a continuation of the day in the
field.  Therefore, it is essential that candidates can combine these two
areas.  A fee of $1000 for the period is charged to cover housing,
utilities, educational materials, staff support, and a weekly food
stipend. 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 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 or
more) in the field or lab.
In order to formally apply for an internship: please send a curriculum
vitae or resume, a cover letter detailing your reason(s) for applying,
one letter of reference, and an updated transcript.  Please note: a
paper application form is not necessary. Once your application has been
received, an interview will be arranged. 
Application materials and questions regarding the internship should be
directed to the intern coordinator:
Cara Pekarcik
The Whale Center of New England
P.O. Box 159
Gloucester, MA 01930
978-281-6351 (vox)
978-281-5666 (fax)
cara at whalecenter.org 
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