Humpback Whale Research Internships (deadline: March 31, 2015)

The Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) has three summer research internship openings in its Humpback Whale Studies Program.  CCS is a nonprofit institution dedicated to understanding and conserving coastal and marine resources. Our longitudinal studies of whale populations have advanced science, improved understanding of human impacts and aided in the protection of critical habitats. Many CCS research interns have gone on to productive careers in science or conservation.

We are seeking highly motivated, independent individuals with a career interest in marine mammal science.  Applicants must have completed at least their sophomore year in college with a major in a relevant scientific discipline.  Post-grads and graduate students are welcome to apply.   Summer interns must make a full-time commitment from June 1 through August 31, but we will consider starting dates as early as May and ending dates as late as November.

Interns would participate in humpback whale field research in the near- and offshore waters of the Gulf of Maine, including a multiple week survey of US and Canadian waters. They would gain exposure to a range of field research techniques, such as photo-identification, biopsy sampling and tagging.  In the office, interns would learn data management and analysis skills and undertake tasks such as data entry, photographic matching and cataloging. They would also perform assigned scientific readings and assist with project analyses.  An independent project may also be undertaken, depending on the length of the internship.

Candidates must be able to live and work well in close quarters, be able to swim and not be prone to serious seasickness.  They should be prepared to work long days in the field, including weekends and holidays as needed.  Interns will be required to provide evidence of health coverage during the internship period.

This is an unpaid internship based in Provincetown, Massachusetts.  Interns must arrange for their own housing, transportation and living expenses.  Applicants are advised that the cost of living on Cape Cod is high, particularly during the summer.  We do not offer college credit but will assist qualified interns in applying for credit from their home institution.  International applicants must secure their own Visas or other required documentation.

How to Apply:

Application materials must be e-mailed to with the following text in the subject line: “2015 HW RESEARCH INTERNSHIP”   The application package should include the following:

1) A letter of interest (500 words or less) describing your specific interests in marine mammal science, what qualifies you for this internship and how it would advance your career.  Please provide this as an attachment and not in the body of the e-mail.

2) A 1-2 page curriculum vitae emphasizing relevant experience and coursework, including grades and overall GPA (note that a transcript may later be requested).

3) The names and contact information of two references (professors or supervisors).

Application materials should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than March 31, 2015.

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Marine Education Internship (deadline: April 3, 2015)

The Center for Coastal Studies is a non-profit organization dedicated to conducting scientific research with emphasis on marine mammals of the western North Atlantic and on the coastal and marine habitats and resources of the Gulf of Maine.  CCS has been conducting research and marine and coastal educational programs on Cape Cod for over 37 years.

Education Responsibilities
Intern will assist with environmental education programs, including on-site programs, off-site programs, and festivals, including CCS’s signature summer week of events: Whale Week:  A Celebration of the Sea.  Interns will assist in the staffing of the Center’s informational and sales kiosk on MacMillian Pier, and our new exhibit space near Commercial St; designing and delivering presentations, answering questions about CCS, marine mammals and ocean conservation issues, and other general duties.  Intern may assist with boat based harbor exploration cruises and educational advertising.

Other Responsibilities: Each intern will take on a project which they will work on for the duration of their internship.

Interns must have their own transportation, and housing is not provided. A small stipend is provided.


-The internship is open to students who are currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from an accredited college or university.  High school students may also be considered.
-Preference will be given to students or recent graduates working towards environmental studies, education, marine science, biology or other related fields.
-Intern should demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills.
-Intern should be a self-starter able to take responsibility for completing projects.
-Students who are adaptable, responsible, hard working, willing to learn, and have attention to detail are encouraged to apply.
-Must be able to work independently and as part of a team.
-Must be comfortable working with all ages.
-Must be comfortable working outside in all conditions.
-Must be comfortable working with and handling marine species.
-Interns must be able to commit to at least two-three months; preferred start date-end date beginning June to mid August, but dates are flexible based on school schedules.
-Interns must work a minimum of 20 hours per week.
-Schedule is flexible but intern may have to work some weekends and evenings.
-Preference will be given to students with secured housing on Cape Cod.

To Apply: Send resume, cover letter, and one letter of reference to Stephanie Richardson at or 115 Bradford St, Provincetown, Massachusetts 02567. Applications must be received by April 3rd, 2015.

Capacity for Conservation Internship/Apprenticeship (check back in 2016)

The Center for Coastal Studies and the Dolphin Fleet offer training and collaborative research opportunities to students and professionals from the Dominican Republic and the Wider Caribbean Region (WCR).

Training is provided on large whale research techniques, as well as data collection and education from whale watching platforms. The program also provides cross-training for scientists and managers and encourages research collaborations. The program focuses on the Gulf of Maine humpback whale population, which summers off New England and winters in the Caribbean. It provides particular support for the Sister Sanctuary relationship between the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary (SBNMS) off Massachusetts, and the Santuario de Mamíferos Marinos de la República Dominicana (SMMRD) off the Dominican Republic.

Each year, one or two positions may be available to qualified applicants from the Dominican Republic and the WCR. They will focus on some or all of the following, depending on the interests and background of the applicant:

Scientific research (Center for Coastal Studies, Dr. Jooke Robbins):  Humpback whale photo-identification and cataloguing; scientific data collection in the SBNMS and greater Gulf of Maine; data processing, data management skills and analytical techniques; research projects based on data from the SBNMS/GOM and/or the SMMRD/WCR; exposure to human impact studies, response and mitigation

Education and Outreach (Dolphin Fleet, Dr. Carole Carlson): whale watch naturalist training; development of whale watch educational materials; outreach to local schools and the general public; experience collecting data from platforms of opportunity.

Primary program partners include the Fundación Dominicana de Estudios Marinos, Inc. (FUNDEMAR), the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary (SBNMS/NOAA) and the Universidad Instituto Technológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC). Past support for this program has been generously provided by the Cetacean Society International, the Wendy Joan Shadwell Fund for Whale Watch Naturalist Training and Education, CCS and the DF.

This internship has no specific deadlines at this time.  To inquire, please contact us at