Now Accepting 2016 Spring Interns

Deadline October 31, 2015

Throughout the year, internship positions are available for current upper-level undergraduates (incoming juniors or seniors) or recent university graduates (prior to graduate work) to work with the Shark Population Assessment Group. Internships encourage a close relationship between student and professional and also help focus those students interested in pursuing research careers in marine biology, fisheries science, population biology, ecology or other applied sciences.

Internships are field intensive, requiring long hours on a small boat. Interns participate in the GULFSPAN survey - a fishery-independent population abundance survey that consists of day trips 2-3 times per week to several bays and inlets in the panhandle of Florida. Interns also participate in the Smalltooth Sawfish Abundance Survey in the Florida Everglades. These are week-long excursions to southwest Florida; sampling takes place in Everglades National Park, the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge and Florida Bay. In the field, interns aid staff biologists in sampling, identifying, measuring, tagging, collecting, and cataloging elasmobranch and teleost samples. Field work is labor intesive, requiring long hours on small boats in the sun. Interns are required to have a dry bag, hat, sunglasses, bathing suit, closed-toed water shoes, personal medications, and clothes that can get dirty. Interns are provided with basic protective equipment.

When not in the field, interns participate in on-going studies of elasmobranch age and growth, bioenergetics, diet and foraging ecology, distribution and movement, and reproduction. Interns also have the opportunity participate in other laboratory activities and various research cruises.

Spring internships begin in January, end in May, and the deadline for application is October 31. Summer internships begin in May, end in August, and the deadline for application is February 28. Fall internships begin in August, end in December, and the deadline for application is July 4. All internships are unpaid and housing is not provided.

Interested? To begin the application process, e-mail a cover letter stating for which internship you would like to be considered to: Dana Bethea. To complete your application, you are required to send a resume (or CV), an unofficial copy of your transcript(s), and have three professional references write a letter on your behalf. Applications must be complete by the deadlines stated above.

A list of former and current interns can be found on our Facebook Page.

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