The Marine Science Center is proud to help future marine science researchers develop their interests and talents by offering internships to high school and college students. Internships are generally offered on an unpaid, volunteer basis although there have been instances where financial support has been made available.
If you are interested in completing an internship at the Marine Science Center you need to first identify a professor who is engaging in research that interests you. Contact them directly to discuss the availability/duration of such a position as well as to explain your particular interests. Once the faculty member has agreed to accept you as an intern you must then complete a Visitation Request Form, which can be found by following the link at the bottom of this page, and should be returned to the Laboratory Manager. After doing so you need to contact the Laboratory Manager and the Administrative officer directly to complete any further paperwork and secure your position.
Please be aware of the following:
Domestic Students: Prospective interns should not expect to begin work at the Marine Science Center any earlier than at least one month after they have completed the following three steps:
Received approval from a faculty member to join their lab
Completed and submitted the Visitation Request Form (see link below)
Directly contacted both the Laboratory Manager and the Administrative Officer
International Students: It is important to realize that the process for international students is more lengthy and may take anywhere from 2-10 months to complete based on the country you are from and your Visa needs. Please contact the Administrative Officer for more information on this.
Housing: The MSC does have housing available to interns if needed. Potential interns should arrange for housing at the onset of the finalization process and should contact the Administrative Officer to discuss rental fees and space availability.
What to expect on your first day:
On your initial arrival to the MSC you must first check in with the Administrative Officer. Once you have finished meeting with the Administrative Officer you will then meet with the Laboratory Manager who will detail the Environmental Health and Safety requirements that must be fulfilled before you may access any labs and/or begin any research. You should expect to complete those requirements that morning at which point you will be able to meet with your Advisor and begin your work at the Marine Science Center.
To facilitate this process you may choose to visit the below link and read the Marine Science Center Laboratory Safety Plan (abridged version) and complete the following paperwork which should be brought with you on your first day: