Creative Internships


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.


Field Photography

Do you crave adventure photography? Is the ocean always calling your name? Join the SRC research team aboard their shark tagging trips in the Florida Keys as the official field photographer.

Ideal Candidate

Seeking upper-level college students, graduate students, or recent graduates with a passion for photography, the ocean, and conservation. Photographers of all backgrounds will be considered, but all applicants must be comfortable on boats. Applicants must have a high degree of self-motivation and creativity, as well as enjoy interacting in an educational outreach setting.

Overview

Each semester, the SRC Program offers two internship positions exclusively for photographers of all backgrounds. A Field Photography Intern accompanies the Shark Research Team on shark tagging trips in the Florida Keys to cover journalistic, artistic and PR perspectives. Photography will likely be used in a variety of outlets, such as social media, SRC website, PR for SRC, RSMAS, and the main campus of UMiami, scientific publications, fundraising campaigns, educational videos and learning resources, and potentially mass media.

The shark trips serve not only as a platform for cutting edge research, but also for educational outreach. Last year alone, SRC brought nearly 1000 high school students onto the water for hands-on research field experience in marine science. Providing these students with access to professional-grade photography will enable them to more effectively share their experience with peers, family and friends, expanding the potential outreach effect.

Responsibilities

  • Attend at least 10 shark tagging trips per semester (usually run every other weekend Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
  • Photograph the trip from beginning to end, shooting in a variety of styles (journalistic, artistic, and PR)
  • Download and edit photos within 72 hours of the trip, entering captions and metadata consistent with SRC standards
  • Create an SRC Facebook photo album for each trip within 72 hours

Details & Equipment

  • 2 positions each term: Fall, Spring Summer
  • Available as a volunteer-position or for academic credit
  • Students are responsible for bringing their own high quality DSLR to each trip

Underwater Photography

If an intern excels during the semester-long internship, he/she may be invited back for a second term, during which underwater photography introductory instruction will be given (subject to snorkeling and diving experience/skill level).

Explore the work of previous photo interns on SRC’s FACEBOOK

“I recently graduated with a BA in Marine Affairs and Visual Journalism at the University of Miami and I wondered where I would be able to combine the two. SRC came to the rescue. It’s been wonderful working with such a motivated team of individuals who have given me the tools and opportunities to further my career.” — Marlena Skrobe
SRC Field Photography Intern ’12






Conservation Writing

Calling all writers with a love for our oceans — join the SRC Team of scientists, educators, and communicators by writing for one of the best up-and-coming ocean conservation blogs on the web!

Ideal Candidate

Seeking upper-level college students, graduate students, or recent graduates with a passion for writing, the ocean, and conservation. Candidates of all backgrounds will be considered, but a strong ability to grasp scientific concepts and communicate effectively in written form is required.

Overview

The SRC Blog is in its largest expansion phase yet. We are taking the quality and variety of our content to the next level — expanding our format and topics, including more influencial voices, and now offering an internship in conservation writing. The Conservation Writing Intern will select a handful of topics related to marine conservation, submit them for approval, conduct basic background research on the topics, and then create long-format blog posts discussing the issues. The objective of these blog postings is to better inform the public about our oceans, in an easy-to-digest and easy-to-share format. More visual, creative formats such as infographics and photo/video essays may also be used to supplement a written post.

While no formal hours will be instated, a deadline schedule will be drawn up to ensure all work is completed by the end of the semester.

Details

  • Available Fall, Spring & Summer
  • Available as a volunteer-position or for academic credit

Responsibilities

  • 1 Credit: Create 4 blog posts on marine conservation topics of choice (500–1000 words)
  • 2 Credits: Create 8 blog posts on marine conservation topics of choice (500–1000 words)
  • 3 Credits: Create 12 blog posts on marine conservation topics of choice (500–1000 words)

“Through the SRC blog, we share our marine conservation expertise with the interested public. Skilled writers will have the opportunity to learn about important environmental topics, educate others, and have their work seen by a large audience of scientists and ocean lovers.” — David Shiffman
Ph.D. Student / SRC Social Media Specialist





Video Production

Are you passionate about making a difference? Do you love the ocean and its most toothy creatures? Join the creative team at SRC to help visually communicate our research and outreach in a fun, captivating format.

Ideal Candidate

Seeking upper-level college students, graduate students, or recent graduates with a passion for video production, the ocean, and conservation. Videographers of all backgrounds will be considered, but a strong ability to learn scientific concepts and communicate effectively is required. Applicants must have a high degree of self-motivation and creativity.

Overview

Each semester, the SRC Program offers a video production internship position to one top-notch student or recent graduate, working closely with the Multimedia Specialist at SRC. This intern will help create video packages for the SRC website, and other supporting institutions. These videos will mostly be educational in nature, with an occasional promo piece to spark fundraising.

While plenty of time will be spent in the editing suite, the video intern will also have the opportunity to attend at least one shark research trip, filming alongside the Program’s Multimedia Specialist. Also, some edits will require new footage, for which the video intern will be responsible. The intern will have the opportunity to interview world-renowned scientists, helping communicate their cutting-edge findings to the public in an easily digestible form.

Lastly, the video production intern will be invited to propose new projects. Once refined, these projects will receive strong support and facilitation, ensuring the intern completes the term with several strong additions to his/her portfolio.

Responsibilities

  • Complete at least 6 video packages (1:00–2:30 in length)
  • Propose and complete at least 1 special video project (i.e. — shark trip highlight video for VIP group, special outreach event video, video profile on SRC scientist or student)

Details & Equipment

  • Available Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Available as a volunteer-position or for academic credit
  • Must have access FCP editing platform
  • Access to high-grade camera (DSLR or pro-sumer digital camcorder) and sound equipment strongly preferred

Underwater Video

If you excel during your semester-long internship, you may be invited back for a second term, during which you will be given the opportunity to learn underwater video production (subject to snorkeling and diving experience/skill level).

“Growing up, I often heard that in order to be successful, I’d need to narrow my focus into one specialty —either science or arts. SRC has given me the invaluable opportunity to combine my passions in a unique internship, and now full-time job. The possibilities for success are limitless, especially with Dr. Neil Hammerschlag at the helm.” — Christine Shepard
Creative Intern ’10 / SRC Multimedia Specialist





Custom-Designed Multimedia

Are you a jack (or jane) of all trades? Are you interested in creating fun, educational visual content about marine conservation? Join the creative team at SRC to custom-design your own internship.

Ideal Candidate

Seeking upper-level college students, graduate students, or recent graduates with a passion for digital media, the ocean, and conservation. Candidates of all backgrounds will be considered, but a strong ability to learn scientific concepts and communicate effectively is required. Applicants must have a high degree of self-motivation and creativity.

Overview

The Custom-Designed Multimedia Internship at SRC is available to those seeking to utilize a wide variety of their digital media skill sets including, but not limited to: video, photo, interactives, animation, design, copywriting, audio, social media, and programming. Our world today so often expects digital media specialists to be fluent in all forms of production. This internship will allow you to choose which skill sets you would like to put into practice, with the added benefit of a real-world conservation impact.

Details

  • Available Fall, Spring & Summer
  • Available as a volunteer-position or for academic credit



Apply for a creative internship here!





“I loved my time working as an intern for SRC. It gave me the opportunity to combine my passion for design and love of marine life while improving my knowledge and skills along the way. It was a great experience I will truly cherish.” — Adam Berger, Graphic Design Intern ’11