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Now Accepting 2014 Summer Intern Applications

restraining seal

2013 Intern Becky restrains a seal

The National Marine Life Center is seeking qualified students to fill our summer internship positions. Marine Animal Rehabilitation/Education interns will assist NMLC staff and volunteers with education projects and animal husbandry, and Marketing/Development interns will assist with fundraising, public relations, social media. See below for the complete details or click here

Marine Animal Rehabilitation & Education Internship

Education Responsibilities-Interns will assist with environmental education programs, including

2011 Intern Brie Teaches a Marine Animal Medical Mystery Program

2011 Intern Brie Teaches a Marine Animal Medical Mystery Program

on-site programs, off-site programs, fairs, and festivals. Interns will assist in giving public presentations to guests of NMLC and educate them on marine animals, conservation, and NMLC. Interns will assist in the Discovery Center, assist with various office projects, create displays for the learning center, and help create lesson plans and activities that are aligned with the Massachusetts State Frameworks.

Animal Care Responsibilities– Depending on need/case load interns will assist with the care of the NMLC rehabilitation patients including endangered red bellied cooters, diamondback terrapins , sea turtles and seals. Interns will be in charge of maintaining a coastal critter tank in the marine animal discovery center. They will collect and identify

2013 Interns Allison & Becky help transport Lucky to his release

2013 Interns Allison & Becky help transport Lucky to his release

the coastal animals and maintain the tank’s water quality.  Animal Care duties will include cleaning and disinfecting tanks, equipment, and environmental enrichment devices, food preparation, administering feeds, record keeping, kitchen maintenance, and water quality testing.  Interns may also assist animal care staff during medical procedures, with admission exams, and at release events.

Other Responsibilities- Each intern will take on a project which they will work on for the duration of their internship. The project must be proposed by the student and agreed upon with the NMLC staff. At the end of the internship the intern will present the project to the staff, volunteers, and members of the public. Each intern will also be assigned a weekly chore to assist with the upkeep of the facility and equipment.

2012 Intern Sophie works on her skeletal re-articulation project

2012 Intern Sophie works on her skeletal re-articulation project

Positions are unpaid, interns must have their own transportation, and housing is not provided.

Qualifications--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.

-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 biology, environmental studies, marine science, education, or other related fields.

-Intern should demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills.

-Students that 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.

-Interns must be able to commit to at least three months; start and end dates are flexible due to school schedules.

-Interns must work a minimum of 20 hours per week.

 To Apply- Send your resume, cover letter, and one letter of reference to Kate Shaffer at kshaffer@NMLC.org or PO Box 269, Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts 02532. Applications must be received by  February 28th, 2014.

 

Marketing/Development Internship

The NMLC is seeking a qualified individual interested in pursuing a career in non-profit marketing, development, or management.

2013 Marketing Intern Will assists at the annual MMB

2013 Marketing Intern Will assists at the annual MMB

Responsibilities

  • Promoting NMLC’s mission through appropriate publications and venues.
  • Assisting with donor outreach and communications, including donor tracking, follow-up, and upkeep of the donor database.
  • Updating community and website calendars with upcoming events and educational programs.
  • Assist in the planning and execution of fundraising events including our annual Mermaid Ball, Feet Fins & Flippers 5K, and The Spectacle of the Trees.
      • Creating event marketing materials
      • Writing press releases
      • Managing the 5K t-shirt design competition
      • Recruiting event sponsors
      • Recruiting donations for auction and raffle prizes
      • Helping with event registration and day of preparations
      • Upkeep of social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, and our WordPress platform website.
      • Research potential funding sources and apply for funding through grants and sponsorship programs.
      • Update and edit current marketing materials such as brochures, flyers, direct mailings, and educational materials.
      • Create & update NMLC’s marketing plan, social media policy, media policy, & other relevant communication policies
A 2013 intern plays Sammy the Seal at the Feet Fins & Flippers 5K

A 2013 intern plays Sammy the Seal at the Feet Fins & Flippers 5K

Other Responsibilities

Each intern will take on a project which they will work on for the duration of their internship. The project must be proposed by the student and agreed upon with the NMLC staff. At the end of the internship the intern will present the project to the staff, volunteers, and members of the public. Each intern will also be assigned a weekly chore to assist with the upkeep of the facility and equipment.

Qualifications

  • The internship is open to students who are currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from an accredited college or university.
  • Preference will be given to students or recent graduates in marketing, communications, or other related fields.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills & attention to detail
  • Must be outgoing and personable with good social and conversational skills.
  • Have knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite and social media outlets, including Facebook, Twitter, Youtube & blogging
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Intern must be able to commit to at least three months; start and end dates are flexible due to school schedules.
  • Intern must work a minimum of 20 hours per week.

This position is unpaid, the intern must have their own transportation, and housing is not provided.

To Apply- To Apply- Send your resume, cover letter, and one letter of reference to Kate Shaffer at kshaffer@NMLC.org or PO Box 269, Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts 02532. Applications must be received by  February 28, 2014.

4 Comments

  1. Hi Sarah-

    We still have an opening available for our Marketing/Development position. If you are interested please send me your application as soon as possible.

    Thanks,
    Kate Shaffer

  2. Hello,

    I am curious as to if you are still accepting internship applications for the summer of 2014.
    Thank you.

    Regards,
    Sarah Kass

  3. Hi Deborah-

    Unfortunately our internship program requires applicants to be 18 year old or older. She can apply when she reaches the age of 18 and I am sure the internship would fulfill such a requirement.

    Thanks for your interest!

    Kate

  4. I have a 16 year old daughter whom is required by her school to fulfill an internship in a fiels of her interest. It has to be at lest a total of 10 days. Is this something that she could possibly apply for? Thank you Deborah Wu

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