At any one time, we have several undergraduate and graduate students working as volunteer shark research interns. All interns work with SRC for a minimum of one academic year, growing into experienced field scientists and leaders in educational outreach. The responsibilities as a Shark Research Intern are ever-evolving as our Program expands. Currently, the primary duties include:
- Attend scheduled shark research/outreach trips and participate actively on the boat (trips usually run every other weekend Friday-Sunday out of Key Biscayne, interns must be available for a minimum of 2 full days each month)
- Participate in all mandatory training sessions and lab meetings
- Write at least 1 Blog entry breaking down an ocean-related scientific publication for the general public (350 words)
- Write at least 1 extended Blog entry about a marine conservation topic of choice (500–750 words)
- Interns will also be evaluated according to a Performance Review Points System. This has been created to reward those who consistently go above and beyond in their work.
Immerse yourself in a world of beauty, mystery and sheer inspiration with SRC. Allow your creativity to reach new depths as you explore how art, communication and marine science can become inexorably intertwined. Come face-to-face with our ocean’s top predators, or paint your imagination with the vibrant colors of secluded coral reefs.
Each semester, we welcome new creative interns to the team. Currently, we have semester-long internships (volunteer, 1, 2, or 3 credits) for:
- Video Production
- Field Photography
- Custom-Designed Multimedia Internship
Applicants must have a strong foundation within their area of expertise and access to relevant equipment. While a large degree of creative freedom will be given, interns must be highly self-motivated.
Independent Study & Class Projects
We welcome students from all areas of study to propose interdisciplinary projects focused around the SRC Program. If you can dream it, we can help you realize it.
Potential areas of expertise could include:
- Marine Science
- Math & Statistics
- Political Science
- Ecosystem Science and Policy
- Visual Arts
Previous projects include:
- A scientific research project investigating shark morphometric measurements.
- A photojournalism story on how SRC science is helping recreational fisherman create more responsible guidelines for catch-and-release
- A scientific research project tracking bacterial loads in the Biscayne Bay
- A documentary-style video profile on Dr. Neil Hammerschlag and the SRC program
- An infographic visualizing the findings from Dr. Hammerschlag’s latest scientific publication
- A scientific research project analyzing shark satellite tracks in relation to several environmental factors, including geomagnetic fields.
Potential future projects include:
- A series of blog posts discussing the latest in marine conservation policy
- Creating 3D modeling of shark tracks and movements
- Development and implementation of K–12 educational marine science presentations
- An engineering evaluation and recommendations for field research equipment
As a non-profit organization, all undergraduate opportunities are volunteer-based. If you would like to apply for financial assistance to support your internship or project, please explore the following options: