Shark Research Internship
Shark Research Interns are an integral part of the SRC team. Every year, several undergraduate students contribute to SRC’s research and outreach missions through volunteer internships. All interns work with SRC for a minimum of one academic year, growing into experienced field scientists and leaders in educational outreach. SRC’s internship programs are designed to be mutually beneficial to both the student and our team. Our goal is to equip interns with tangible skills for their future careers while empowering their growth as students. Here is what interns can expect from us:
- Mentorship from graduate students, staff, and Program Director
- Career development opportunities through workshops and networking with partner organizations
- Opportunities to develop analytical, writing, and field skills
- Potential for independent or supervised projects
The responsibilities of a Shark Research Intern are ever-evolving as our program expands. Currently, our expectations of our interns include:
- Attending outreach activities (boat-based, shore-based, or virtual) and research trips. Interns must be available a minimum 2 full days each month
- Participate in required training sessions and lab meetings
- Blogs: write at least 1 short blog entry breaking down an ocean-related scientific publication for the general public (350 words) and 1 extended blog entry about a marine conservation topic of choice (500–750 words).
- Willingness to learn, open-mindedness, and team mentality.
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 are intertwined. SRC’s education and outreach mission gives us the opportunity to be storytellers: combining striking imagery from the field with science to take our audience on an inspirational journey.
Each year, we welcome new Creative Interns to the team. While most interns work with SRC for at least a year, opportunities for short-term media projects are available. Our Creative Internship is intended to mutually benefit the intern and the SRC media team. Here is what Creative Interns can expect from us:
- Opportunity to develop a portfolio that can transcend your SRC internship into your career
- Potential for exposure to major media outlets such as National Geographic, Discovery, NBC, and more
- Guidance and skill-refinement from SRC media team with opportunity for assignment to special media projects
- The opportunity to learn about media platforms outside your own
Creative Intern responsibilities include:
- Subject-area experience in video production, photography, design, and/or general multimedia
- Strong foundation in your area of expertise. Equipment may be your own or rented through UM for free. Note that SRC does not distribute personal equipment
- Self-motivation, willingness to learn, and interest in creating imagery of field research
- All SRC training sessions and meetings and additional media training sessions
- The ability to respond quickly to sudden media requests and needs
Though Creative Interns are not required to conduct field work, most interns spend significant time on our research trips, capturing the day’s activities and providing photo products to our outreach trip participants.
Independent Study & Class Projects
We welcome students from all areas of study to propose interdisciplinary projects focused around the SRC Program. If an opportunity arises to incorporate SRC’s mission into your class project or independent study initiative, we can discuss collaboration options.
Potential areas of expertise could include:
- Marine Science
- Math & Statistics
- Political Science
- Ecosystem Science and Policy
- Visual Arts
- Computer Science
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. 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
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: