Summer Internships at Shoals Marine Laboratory

Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML) summer internships are specifically designed for undergraduate college students (one exception, see seabird biologist position). Student interns work directly with SML scientists to conduct research experiments and run programs. Internships provide invaluable career-related experience, and help develop skills that will increase your marketability when it's time to apply to graduate school or look for a full-time job. SML provides room, board, and round-trip transportation to and from Appledore Island to all interns unless otherwise specified. SML offers internships in a wide variety of programs, see individual internship descriptions below for details.


[A] Biological Research Internship Program: Questions? Contact Jim Coyer jac61@cornell.edu
  • Applicants must have completed an SML credit course in 2015 or earlier. College freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors in all majors may apply. Cornell and UNH students receive preference for these internships. The deadline has passed for the internships in GREY text below.
  • Application deadline: February 13, 2015 (unless otherwise noted)
    (1) Intertidal Ecology Internship on Appledore Island, Maine
    Number of interns = 4 / Dates: Monday, July 27 - Monday, August 10, 2015 / Stipend: $150/week.
    Prereq: Successful completion of any SML college-level course; alums of Field Marine Invertebrate Zoology highly preferred.
    Project description: The Shoals Intertidal Transect Project has been collecting biodiversity data in permanent intertidal transects of Appledore Island, Maine, since the 1980ís. These transects yield data that are critical for ongoing studies of climate change and introduced species in the Gulf of Maine, as well as providing evidence on species site and abundance shifts. Interns will be collecting and identifying all species in their transects, and using the data collected to ask other ecological questions. Provides excellent training for employment in marine biodiversity surveys.
    Project mentors: Dr. Kathy Ann Miller and Dr. Chris Siddon.

    (2) Marine Mammal Internship on Appledore Island, Maine (internship contingent upon funding)
    Number of interns = 2 / Dates: Monday, June 15 - Monday, August 24, 2015 / Stipend: $150/week.
    Prereq: Successful completion of any SML college-level course or appropriate work experience; alums of Introduction to Marine Mammal Biology or Anatomy and Function of Marine Vertebrates highly preferred.
    Project description: The Marine Mammal Internship studies the colony of harbor and grey seals found at Duck Island and surrounding ledges. Specific questions of interest include numbers of each species estimated through photographic mark-recapture studies, and distributional and behavioral interactions of the two species.
    Project mentors: Dr. Andrea Bogomolni and Dr. Nadine Lysiak.

    (3) Seasonal Seabird Biologist on White/Seavey Islands, NH (for post-graduates only!)
    Number of interns = 1 slot open / Dates: Friday, May 1 - Monday, August 31, 2015 (end date may vary depending upon migration) / Stipend: $150/week. Room and board provided.
    Project description: Two interns will join Shoals Marine Laboratory's research internship program. These interns will manage breeding colonies of Common, Roseate and Arctic Terns. Primary responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, re-sighting of bands, tern diet studies, productivity monitoring, banding, predator management, and more. The internship will run from Friday, May 1 to Monday, August 31, 2015 (end date may vary depending upon migration).  Stipend of $150 per week. Room and board provided. The intern will have the opportunity to conduct their own study and will participate in a weekly seminar to learn the process of independent scientific research. An applicant should have experience in overseeing and participating in data collection and management, establishing a daily work schedule based on approved protocols, bird identification, and banding. Applicants must be in excellent physical condition (capable of climbing over rugged terrain and able to lift 50 lbs.), the ability to live and work in close quarters for extended periods of time, enjoy working independently and with others. Interns must have their own health insurance. Interns will live in lighthouse keeper's cottage on White Island with limited amenities.
    Mentors: Melissa and Dan Hayward of Terns, LLC
    Application deadline: April 15, 2015


[B] Sustainable Engineering Internship (SEI) Program: Questions? Contact Ross Hansen, rbh8@cornell.edu
  • For engineering majors entering junior or senior year during fall semester 2015, no prior SML experience required.
  • Jump to the SEI page for full details about 2015 projects, mentors, etc.
  • Stipend = $500 for the internship.
  • Application deadline: February 13, 2015


[C] Outreach/Educational Internship Program: Questions? Contact Jim Coyer jac61@cornell.edu
  • Application deadline: March 30, 2015
    (1) Celia Thaxter's Island Garden Horticultural Internship

    Number of interns = 1 / Dates: Monday, June 1 - Monday, August 10, 2015 / Stipend: $150/week.
    Prereq: Students from the UNH Thompson School; students who worked with Celia Thaxter Garden plants in the UNH greenhouses preferred.
    Project description: Maximize flowering and growth of flowers transplanted to Celia Thaxter's historic garden. Work with island engineers to design and install a water supply for the garden. Continue development of garden interpretation plan. Participate in all public tours of Celia's Garden.
    Mentor: Erik Wochholz, Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth, NH

    (2) Celia Thaxter's Island Garden Interpretation Internship
    Number of interns = 1 / Dates: Monday, June 1 - Monday, August 10, 2015 / Stipend: $150/week.
    Prereq: Students in the Cornell Plantations Program in public garden leadership.
    Project description: This internship will provide a student with the chance to develop skills in public engagement and share their passion for education. The intern will develop educational content for a strategic education plan, on-site programs, and outreach materials. This is an excellent opportunity for a student interested in working at a museum, cultural heritage institution, or public garden. The intern will acquire hands-on experience and complete meaningful projects with lasting value to SML.
    Mentor: Erik Wochholz, Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth, NH

    (3) Appledore/Star Island Educational Internship
    Number of interns = 1 slot open / Dates: Monday, June 15 - Monday, August 24, 2015 / Stipend: $150/week.
    Project description: These interns -under the mentorship of Starís Arthur Eves and SML academic staff-will inspire personal connection with nature and respect for the value of the marine environment through education, play and adventure. Spend time on both islands guiding tours, hosting school groups and participating in weekly intern seminars.
    Mentors: Arthur Eves, Star Island Corp. and SML staff.


[D] Other Internship Opportunities

Project Puffin Internship offered in cooperation with The Audubon Society. More details to be posted in January 2015.
Stipend: $262/week. Prerequisite (no exceptions): For all Cornell students with a major in biology, ecology, natural resources or similar field of interest; sophomore-senior preferred. Contact Rose Borzik rborzik@audubon.org (607) 257-7308 ext: 13
Read about Project Puffin: A Crazy Idea to Bring Back Atlantic Puffins Is a Success.

Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge (MCINWR) Internships:
(1) MCINWR Rockland, ME Visitor Center volunteer intern: Help staff the new visitor center during the busy summer tourist season. Contact refuge manager, Beth Goettel at (207) 594-0600, ext. 2 or beth_goettel@fws.gov -- download info flyer!
(2) MCINWR seeking field researchers (island supervisors and technicians) to monitor seabird colonies on islands along the coast of Maine. Applicants must be willing to commit to 12 weeks between May 11-August 14, 2015. Contact Michael Langlois at (207) 594-0600, ext 3, or Michael_Langlois@fws.gov -- download the info flyer!


AND DID YOU KNOW...? SML credit courses incorporate research into everyday lab and fieldwork; design and carry out your very own research project in almost ALL of our courses.

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