Internships

Florida Oceanographic offers internships in our Animal Care, Education and Research Departments. These 2-4 month-long internships are designed for college-degree or graduate students 18 years and older who are interested in gaining more experience in their related science field (biology, marine sciences, marine biology, environmental science, wetland ecology, natural resource management, restoration and conservation). Each internship allows the student to work closely with the department staff to gain experience and skills to aid them in their schooling and career. We are happy to work with the successful applicant to structure an internship program that will satisfy specific university requirements for credit, if necessary. Full descriptions and requirements for each department’s internship are listed  below.

For more information, contact Rosemary Badger, Volunteer Coordinator, at rbadger@floridaocean.org or 772-225-0505 ext. 109. 

research interns inside seagrass wetlab
research interns monitoring oyster reef

Do you have a background in biology, marine biology, or marine science and are interested in a career in one of these fields? We are looking for degree-seeking students interested in gaining experience through an internship with the Research Department at Florida Oceanographic Society. This is a paid internship which requires a commitment of 40 hours per week for at least 12 weeks in the summer. The goal of the internship is to gain experience in collaboration, experimental design, data collection, and dissemination of results while working as part of productive research and restoration laboratory. Interns will be given the opportunity to conduct an independent research project under the guidance of department scientists. Interns will also assist with ongoing monitoring (oysters, seagrass, and mangroves) and various research projects, including laboratory and field work. Interns will gain valuable field and laboratory experience as they are fully integrated into the research department. We are happy to work with the successful applicant to structure an internship program that will satisfy specific university requirements for credit, if necessary. Must be able to lift 50 pounds, work outdoors in Florida climate for extended periods of time, and be at least 18 years old.

Please note: Florida Oceanographic is unable to offer housing as part of our internship.

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education internship
education internship

Do you have a background in biology, marine biology, environmental science, or science education and a desire to build a career in one of these fields? We are looking for degree-seeking students interested in gaining experience or possible college credit through an internship with the Education Department at Florida Oceanographic Society. This position involves considerable public speaking. This is a volunteer position which requires a minimum commitment of at least 18 hours per week for at least 2 months, including some weekend shifts. The Education Intern will work as part of FOS’s Education team to carry out daily educational programming for visitors to the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center. The Intern will conduct informal educational lessons at our invertebrate touch tank and ray tank on a daily basis. Qualified applicants may also be asked to conduct formal educational presentations in front of large audiences. The Education Intern may occasionally assist with field trips and other educational activities at the Coastal Center.  We are happy to work with the successful applicant to structure an internship program that will satisfy specific university requirements for credit, if necessary.

Click HERE to view the Education Internship Description.

All applicants must first complete our general volunteer application HERE

Animal care intern taking care of the touch tank animals
Animal care intern feeding sea turtle

Do you have a background in biology, marine biology, or marine science and are interested in a career in one of these fields? We are looking for degree-seeking students interested in gaining experience or possible college credit through an internship with the Animal Care and Life Support Department at Florida Oceanographic Society. This is a volunteer position which requires a minimum commitment of at least 16 hours per week for at least 4 months. The Animal Care Intern will work as part of FOS’s Animal Care staff to carry daily activities including providing accurate monitoring of water chemistry, diet preparation and feeding, dispersal of medications, and dissemination of information to guests and other volunteers. We are happy to work with the successful applicant to structure an internship program that will satisfy specific university requirements for credit, if necessary. Must be able to lift 50 pounds, stand for at least 3 hours, and be at least 18 years old.

Click HERE to view the Animal Care Internship Description.

All applicants must first complete our general volunteer application HERE