Shark Research Internship
Shark Research Interns are an integral part of the SRC team. Every year, 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. Our goal is to equip interns with tangible skills for their future careers while supporting their growth as students and scientists. 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
The responsibilities of a Shark Research Intern are ever-evolving as our program expands. Currently, 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 and make themselves available for required training sessions and lab meetings
- Willingness to learn, open-mindedness, and supportive team mentality.
Immerse yourself in a world of beauty, mystery and sheer inspiration 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 educational 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 sometimes available. Here is what Creative Interns can expect from us:
- Opportunity to develop a video or photo portfolio
- 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 projects
- Strong foundation in your area of expertise. Equipment may be your own or can be rented through UM for free.
- Self-motivation, willingness to learn, and interest in creating compelling imagery of field research
- Attendance at SRC training sessions and meetings and additional media training sessions
- The ability to respond quickly and flexibly to urgent 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.
As a non-profit organization, unfortunately all undergraduate opportunities are volunteer-based. If you would like to apply for financial assistance to support your internship or project, please feel free to explore the following options: