[MARMAM] Marine Mammal Research Internship

Jamie Klaus jamie at imms.org
Mon Jan 3 10:17:28 PST 2011

Program Description

The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) Research Internship Program
is designed as a way for students interested in a career in marine mammal
science to gain valuable research experience in a real-world setting.
Interns will be trained in all aspects of dolphin photo-id research and
will participate in 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 mammal research. 

Principle Duties 

*	Principle Duties include: data entry, searching and cataloging
journal articles, 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), and boat based field
*	Secondary Duties involve: Working with animal care staff, attending
marine mammal and sea turtle necropsies, responding to strandings,
assisting with educational tours. 
*	Field days: Interns must be able to spend many hours on the water
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 once or twice a week. May include overnight trips.

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 in suggesting suitable housing options and

For Further Details and To Apply
Please visit http://imms.org/internship.php


Institute for Marine Mammal Studies

P.O. Box 207

Gulfport, MS 39502



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