Summer Research Program



Science & Conservation: The research mission of this program will be to assess the ecology and biology of sharks in relation to urbanization and climate stressors. Research activities will include shark abundance surveys, tagging, and tracking, as well as physiological sampling and associated laboratory analyses.

Unparalleled research opportunities: The project allows students to gain research training and engage in scientific inquiry through participation with University of Miami scientists and staff. Participation involves scientifically sound practices and measurable outcomes in marine conservation biology.

Sea & Lab: : Each summer research program will be two weeks in duration, composed of both boat-based and laboratory research work at the University of Miami. The first week will primarily involve boat-based research and the second week will be primarily devoted to laboratory work.


Session 1  |   June 2 – June 14, 2019
Session 2  |   June 16 – June 28, 2019


  • Boat-based shark research
  • Laboratory activities
  • Research equipment
  • Scientific training
  • Captain, crew, staff

Not Included:

  • Food
  • Accommodations
  • Transportation

Internship cost: $2,150.00 per session

Space is limited!

Details subject to change. We will notify future applicants of any changes.

Thank you so much for the incredible opportunity to be a part of this internship these last two weeks. I have learned so much and not all of it was even about sharks. This experience has taught me so much and I know they are skills that will help me in the future. This lab is something special and I know it will make a difference in protecting sharks.

-Summer Program Participant ’17

I think the program was well planned and executed. I would go back and do it again if I could but I’m so grateful this program was available because it was life-changing.

– Summer Program Participant ’17


  • Diversity and abundance monitoring
  • Immunological health assessment
  • Food-web dynamics & predator-prey interactions
  • Movement ecology and habitat use
  • Functional morphology


  • Drumline sampling and trap surveys
  • Acoustic tagging and tracking telemetry
  • Satellite tagging and tracking telemetry
  • Accelerometry
  • Non-lethal biopsy sampling
  • Morphological measurements
  • Diet & nutritional analysis
  • Blood sampling and processing
Other Details:
  1. Arrival and Departure: Program dates are inclusive of the two week period, so participants need to plan to be in Miami by 3pm on the first day of their scheduled program
  2. Weekends: During the program, weekends are at your leisure. Miami offers a range of exciting extra-curricular activities. Some ideas can be found HERE
  3. Lifestyle, accommodations and daily transportation: All field and lab activities will be based daily out of the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science (RSMAS). Field boat-based trips will leave and return daily from Miami. Miami can be an expensive city to visit. We’ve negotiated housing with the University of Miami’s Housing & Residential Life. Enjoy peace of mind, security, and convenience at our main campus located in Coral Gables. Dorm-style accommodations are available to you. Housing rates are inclusive of 12-night’s stay (you can arrange for a few days more on an individual basis if you like), a parking permit if you drove your car, unlimited access to the Herbert Wellness Center, and shuttle service between main campus and the Rosenstiel marine campus. This is a great deal when you apply our promo code. In addition, you can add meal service if you don’t want to step outside campus for breakfast or dinner.
  4. Participation Fee: If accepted to the program, payment of the non-refundable participant fee can be made via credit card or check to secure your spot.
  5. Cancellation Policy: We reserve the right to cancel the program if we are unable to maintain the number of required participants. All participant fees will be refunded in this case.
  6. School Credit Policy: The summer research program is a non-credit-bearing program. Therefore, financial aid is not available.