[MARMAM] The Whale Center of New England: Marine Mammal Research Internships 2011-2012

Kelly Slivka kelly at whalecenter.org
Tue Jan 11 12:19:37 PST 2011

Marine Mammal Research Internships 2011-2012 
(For a detailed description and application, please see our website at
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 of 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 23 -
August 19) and Fall (August 15 - December 16) semesters of 2011, and
Spring (January 30 - May 25) semesters of 2012.  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. There is often the possibility of paid
seasonal employment by the Whale Center of New England for interns who
particularly excel during the internship.
The internship fee is $1250, and in return interns will receive housing
in Gloucester within walking distance to the office and boats.  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.
International applicants are often accepted to the Whale Center's
internship program, but it should be noted that there are ancillary visa
fees for international exchange.
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 office
* Completed their freshmen year at the time of application
In order to apply for an internship: please send our application (to be
found at our aforementioned website), a resume or CV, a cover letter
detailing your reason(s) for applying, two letters of recommendation,
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 2011 (to be determined at a later date). All applications must be
submitted by March 1, 2011.  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 (please email the Intern Coordinator for more
Application materials and questions regarding the internship should be
directed to the following address:
Intern Coordinator
P.O. Box 159
Gloucester, MA 01930
978-281-6351 (office)
978-281-5666 (fax)
interns at whalecenter.org
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