Summer Internships at Shoals Marine Laboratory

Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML) summer internships are specifically designed for undergraduate college students. 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.
  • Application deadline: February 13, 2015 (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) Tern Restoration Project Internship on White/Seavey Islands, NH (1 night/week on Appledore Island, ME)
    Number of interns = 2 / Dates: Monday, June 1 - Monday, August 3, 2015 / Stipend: $150/week.
    Prereq: Successful completion of any SML college-level course; alums of Field Ornithology highly preferred.
    Project description: The Tern Restoration Internship facilitates the conservation of a restored tern colony on Seavey and White island (approximately 2 miles from Shoals/Appledore Island) through predator discouragement, and studies of tern nesting abundance, nesting success and foraging patterns. Interns will live on White Island and spend at least one night per week at Shoals on Appledore Island. White Island accommodations are rustic and will involve taking care of your own food (food provided by SML).
    Mentor: Dan Hayward of Terns, LLC


[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: February 13, 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: Jonathan Ebba, UNH Thompson School.

    (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: TBD, Planations, Cornell University

    (3) Appledore/Star Island Educational Internship
    Number of interns = 2 / 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 Eaves, 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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