College Internships

Multiple Opportunities to Learn

“Working with Maritime Gloucester in their aquarium is the most fun I have in the summertime. I not only had tons of fun, but I also learned about marine life. Maritime Gloucester taught me basic animal husbandry and typical animal behavior. The most fun part about my internship here was educating people of all ages, especially children." -Alannah, College Intern

Maritime Gloucester offers unpaid Summer Marine Science Internships for college students. College interns will assist staff with wet lab and aquarium tank maintenance and aquarium husbandry. Interns will answer questions from the public, assist visitors with proper animal handling techniques at our touch tanks and assist staff with programs and field trips. Interns will also assist staff with special projects. Communication with staff is key and we rely on email to update information, reminders and field trips. Internships are unpaid. Maritime Gloucester does not provide housing or transportation.

Internships at Maritime Gloucester include opportunities to work with and learn from our diverse staff. The internship will begin with being assigned to staff at Maritime Gloucester and establishing individual goals for your internship. Your goals will be monitored to ensure a successful experience at Maritime Gloucester. The internship is meant to be a learning experience, while also helping with the day-to-day operations of Maritime Gloucester. Interns will be expected to work 15-20 hours per week, between the hours of 9:00am–6:00pm, some night/weekend work will be required. Work shifts will be assigned and expected to be closely followed. Maritime Gloucester seeks highly motivated students for the following internships:

 

  • Maritime Heritage Education: 

Applicants should be strong independent workers and team-players, enrolled an education program or science program and passionate about education. Applicants should be organized and willing to attempt new and different teaching approaches in a variety of classroom, museum, and outdoor settings. Interns will be responsible for developing lesson plans as part of a team, teaching a range of topics to a variety of audiences, testing innovative instructional approaches, and assessing student learning. Interns will be required to assist main teachers during week-long programs and independently teach drop-in programs throughout the summer. Interns will also be responsible for providing site tours of the Maritime Gloucester Campus and museum exhibits. Work schedules are flexible based on student schedules and education program requirements. All interns may be asked to help in a variety of tasks around Maritime Gloucester throughout the internship. Applicants require excellent communication skills, outstanding attention to detail, strong organizational abilities, ability to work independently and with a team, and general knowledge of the history of Gloucester Harbor and New England is helpful but not required.

 

  • Aquarist & Aquarium Exhibit Interpretation:

Applicants should be enrolled in a science program, with a focus on environmental and marine science studies. Applicants should be a strong independent worker and team-player, interested in learning about aquarium maintenance and monitoring, and willing to speak in front of a diversity of audiences about marine life. Interns will be responsible for monitoring water quality and creature quality, cleaning tank and filtration systems, and creating presentations and education programs based on aquarium exhibits. Work schedules are flexible based on student schedules and education program scheduling. All interns may be asked to help in a variety of tasks around Maritime Gloucester throughout the internship. This position requires physical labor - applicant must be able to lift and carry 40 pounds and be comfortable walking on floating docks. Applicants must have the ability to interact with the public in a respectful, appropriate manner, strong organizational skills to carry out multiple instructions in a timely manner, general knowledge of biology and/or habitats of the Gulf of Maine is helpful but not required, and be willing to work independently as well as with a team.

 

  • Citizen Science & Marine Biology Research:

Applicants should be motivated self-starters, independent workers, and goal-oriented. Applicants should be enrolled in a science program, with an understanding of monitoring approaches in marine and coastal environments. Interns will be responsible for designing monitoring approaches for identified natural resources (e.g., water quality), designing training materials on monitoring approaches, and communicating monitoring approach to a variety of audiences. Experience in designing monitoring studies is helpful but not required. Interns will research existing Citizen Science Programs and identify opportunities for Maritime Gloucester to join in regional and global Citizen Science Programs. Interns will also help with other projects at Maritime Gloucester, such as marine science education, maritime heritage education, aquarium maintenance, and more, as needed. Applicants should have excellent communication skills, outstanding attention to detail, strong organizational abilities, ability to work independently and with a team, general knowledge of life and/or habitats of the Gulf of Maine is helpful but not required, and be passionate about science and learning about the natural world

 

TO APPLY

If interested in an internship at Maritime Gloucester, please send a resume, cover letter that clearly states program(s) of interest, your goal for the internship, and a summary of your qualifications for the internship including your school, grade and major, and a list of two references to Barbara Harrison at bharrison@maritimegloucester.org. Visit www.maritimegloucester.org for more information.