The National Marine Life Center is proud to provide hands on experimental learning opportunities to aspiring students throughout the year! NMLC’s internship program provides students with real world experiences in Marine Biology, Environmental Education, Animal Care, Rehabilitation, Marketing, Development, Communications, Fundraising, Non-Profit Management, and Facilities Maintenance. The Summer Semester is the most popular time for students to complete an internship, and each year we get an overwhelming number of applications for our summer internship program. There were many qualified students who applied, and we are proud to introduce the six students who were deemed the best fit for our 2013 Summer Program. These young adults will be the face of NMLC from May-August. Be on the look out for updates on their work at NMLC throughout the next few months.
Marine Animal Rehabilitation & Education Interns
Rebecca just finished her sophomore year at the University of New England in Biddeford Maine. She is a Biology major and has been volunteering at the on campus Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center for over a year and a half working with their seal, sea turtle, and porpoise patients. Rebecca, a Wrentham, MA native, wants to make marine animal rehabilitation her career and comes to us with experience in animal husbandry, seal restraint, water quality testing, and educational tours. In addition to her interest and experience with marine animals Rebecca likes to sing and play guitar.
Chloe will be moving to Cape Cod for the summer from California where she recently completed her sophomore year at Pitzer College. In addition to her schooling as an Environmental Studies major Chloe has spent some time as a volunteer at the Marine Mammal Center where she assisted with the care and rehabilitation of their marine mammal patients. She also has experience as a Coastal Camp Counselor for Nature Bridge and implemented lesson plans to preschoolers in low income areas for Jumpstart. Chloe is proficient in Spanish and is CPR and Wilderness First Aide certified.
Dimitria is a member of the honors college at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth where she has completed her first year as a Biology major. Her volunteer experiences include the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences where she mentored middle and high school students to improve STEM education, as well as CATALES a cat shelter in Middletown, CT, giving this Connecticut native the needed experience in both education and animal care. Her long term goal is to become a veterinarian or work in the environmental conservation field.
Samantha will be joining us all the way from Galveston Texas! She is graduating this May with a degree in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University where she has obtained a lot of experience in Sea Turtle conservation. Samantha has worked with sea turtles in rehabilitation at Moody Gardens, served as part of a nesting beach patrol team, and educating about them at Sea Camp. She is an avid SCUBA diver earning her Dive Master Certification. Her ultimate goal is to make sea turtle rehabilitation her career.
Animal care and education interns serve NMLC in many capacities. They assist with our weekly educational programs including Little Flippers Club, and Marine Animal Medical Mystery. Each intern is assigned a week during which the planning and preparation of all the education programs is their responsibility. Interns will represent NMLC at community events, and deliver marine science programs to local school and community groups on and off site. They are responsible for the upkeep of our popular Critter Tank in the Discovery Center, and for water quality testing for all of our animal tanks. They will participate in hands on animal husbandry and assist in medical care for the Sea Turtle and Seal patients in our marine animal hospital. Each intern will select an additional individual project to work on throughout the summer and will present the outcome to the staff, volunteers and public in August.
After successfully adding a Marketing/Development Internship to our program last summer, we have decided to expand and bring on two students into this role in 2013. These interns will be helping with our major fundraising events including the Feet Fins & Flippers 5K, the Mermaid Ball, and helping prepare for Spectacle of the Trees. They will also be helping to represent the center at at fairs & festivals, via website blogs, social media, and marketing materials, making sure that you are fully aware of all the great things happening at the National Marine Life Center this summer. Marketing/Development interns will also be completing a project and presenting their results at the end of the summer.
Allison, a junior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a double major in Natural Resource Conservation and Journalism. She has a very diverse background in field research, animal care, and journalism which makes her a unique candidate for this position. Her passion is wildlife and she hopes to use the humanities field to convey it’s importance to others. She has experience with news media and getting clear and accurate information out to the public. Her dream is to work for a publication like National Geographic!
William is completing his sophomore year at Holy Cross as a double major in Environmental Studies and Music. This driven Bronxville, NY native started his own recycling business in Chatham, MA last summer. He plans to use his skills as a good communicator to spread the word about NMLC’ s mission. He has experience in business and using social media for promotion. He also plays guitar in a folk band and is a member of an on campus A Capella group. He has created websites, social media pages, and marketing materials for both his business and his band. Will hopes his future career will allow him to do work that benefits the environment.
We are so happy to have such a diverse and well qualified group of students coming to work and learn with us this summer. Interns play a key role in accomplishing the goals of NMLC during this busy time of year. Please join me in welcoming our 2013 Summer interns!