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 projects. 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 disciplines, see individual internship descriptions below for details. SML's research internship program evolves each year; some internships are contingent upon funding. Please stay tuned for 2016 dates, deadlines, and details. Thank you!

[A] Biological Research Internship Program: Questions? Contact Jim Coyer
  • Applicants must have successfully completed an SML credit course. College freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors in all majors may apply. Cornell and UNH students receive preference for these internships.
  • (1) Intertidal Ecology Internship on Appledore Island, Maine
    Project overview: 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.

    (2) Marine Mammal Internship on Appledore Island, Maine
    Project overview: 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.

[B] Sustainable Engineering Internship (SEI) Program: Questions? Contact Ross Hansen,
  • For engineering majors entering junior or senior year during fall semester 2016, no prior SML experience required.
  • Jump to the SEI page for full details about projects, mentors, etc.

[C] Outreach/Educational Internship Program: Questions? Contact Jim Coyer
  • Celia Thaxter's Island Garden Horticultural Internship
    Project overview: 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.

    (2) Celia Thaxter's Island Garden Interpretation Internship
    Project overview: 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.

    (3) Appledore/Star Island Educational Internship
    Project overview: 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.

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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