Now accepting applications: Summer 2015 Internship

It’s that time of year: calling all applications to our summer internship program! Applications are due 20 February 2015. These internships have field and office components, both of which are mandatory, and total 8 – 10 weeks beginning in late May.


In the field:
–Travel to and assist for 3-4 weeks at our Bimini research site (exact dates TBD, likely beginning in early July, following the office component)
–Assist gathering data (general observations, photographs) during 4-6 hour/day boat excursions (weather and schedule dependent)
–Complete photo-identification of dolphins from still photography and video as well as other data entry and analysis tasks
–Assist with on-board and outreach education as well as web-based projects
–Represent DCP in an enthusiastic, responsible, mature and respectful manner

At the office:
–Travel to and assist for 4-5 weeks at our Florida (FL) office (exact dates TBD, likely prior to field component, beginning in late May/early June)
–Process and analyze data, including, but not limited to: photo-identification of individuals from other DCP research sites, event sampling from video data for behavioral analyses, and acoustic analysis of dolphin sounds
–Assist in the development and implementation of education programs for schools and the general public, as needed

Successful interns must have basic computer skills and working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Current enrollment in a degree-seeking program, background in science and/or animal behavior and experience on boats and/or with photo-identification are all desired, but not necessarily required. The successful candidates will be comfortable on a boat for several hours at a time in varying conditions, including extreme heat. They will also be proficient swimmers with the desire to improve snorkeling and free-diving skills. They will be able to work as a team both in a small office and in a fairly remote and isolated field setting. Good writing and public speaking skills are a must, as is attention to details. Interns must be at least 18 years of age. Although international applicants are invited to apply, all applicants should know that interns are responsible for their own daily transportation to/from the FL office and public transportation is limited in this area; therefore, all interns should have their own transportation while in FL. 

Expenses and Compensation
This is an unpaid internship. Interns are responsible for their own transportation to Bimini and Florida. There is a $1,000.00 fee that will cover expenses in the field, including room and partial board. Room, board and transportation while in Florida are the responsibility of the intern. Although assistance in finding housing may be available, the ability to find suitable housing in Florida is ultimately the interns’ responsibility. We recommend all applicants complete a preliminary housing search in advance of submitting their applications.

Interested applicants should review information in the Internships section under the Education menu. Please read this page thoroughly before applying or emailing questions.

Send a completed application (downloadable and detailed at the link above) to info {at} dcpmail {dot} org.  Applications are due 20 February 2015. Due to field schedules, only electronic applications will be accepted. Interviews (via telephone or Skype) will be arranged for selected candidates in early March.