Internships with DCP
The Dolphin Communication Project (DCP) offers internships for college students during fall, spring, and summer semesters on a revolving basis. We offer two types of internships: Office Internships and Fieldwork Internship (see below for more info). Each of the two internship positions involves a data processing component which is conducted at the DCP office located in Stonington, Connecticut in the USA. Interns must be at least 18 years old at the start of their internship.
Many universities offer course credit for internships. Credit for internships must be arranged by each intern individually and independently with their school. Please contact your college's Intern Program Coordinator or your advisor for information on arranging credit. DCP can provide documentation of a completed internship once the intern has finished the program.
Lodging and Logistics
All intern positions with DCP are UNPAID. At this time, we cannot offer free lodging to interns. Once an intern is confirmed for a particular semester, we will do our best to assist that intern with finding contact information for local property managers and college housing offices; however the responsibility ultimately lies with the applicant to find and secure lodging during their internship. We strongly encourage incoming interns to make lodging considerations BEFORE committing to the internship with DCP. Because DCP’s office is located in a relatively small town, finding affordable short-term housing can be challenging. Interns are also responsible for their own transportation between their accommodations and DCP. All interns should be advised that there is little to no public transportation in the area. For this reason, all interns have their own vehicles and many live within a 50 mile radius.
Office Internships - description
Office Internships with DCP are generally offered to college students who are willing to spend a semester (8 – 12 weeks) working with us on data processing. Weekly commitments vary depending on the student's school schedule and requirements. Interns gain skills and understanding in data processing, including but not limited to photo-identification, focal follows and event sampling for behavioral analyses, and acoustic analyses of dolphin sounds (whistles & echolocation clicks). Interns learn about statistical applications as well. Interns may be required to develop a project or research question of their own for a formal school report - often these reports lead to conference presentations or papers. Interns are given access to Dudzinski's reprint and book library and encouraged to debate topics and hypotheses with other DCP volunteers, interns and research associates when available. Interns may also assist as needed with the development of education programs for secondary schools and the general public as well as presentation materials for dissemination of results through DCP via classes or the Internet. As a general rule, academic-year internships will see the intern in the office for ~15 – 20 hours per week, whereas the summer internships average 25-35 hours per week. Office internships positions are UNPAID.
Fieldwork Internships - description
Each summer, DCP fills an average of 2 internships with both office and field components. Fieldwork Interns spend 4 - 8 weeks learning and assisting with data analysis and other responsibilities at our Connecticut office (see Office Internship description for task details). The office portion of this program is required. Interns will then spend 3-4 weeks assisting DCP researcher Kelly Melillo Sweeting at our Bimini field site , studying wild Atlantic spotted and bottlenose dolphins and completing necessary data related tasks. Fieldwork internship positions are UNPAID, require a fee ($1,000) to cover field expenses (room & partial board) and do not include costs for any airfare (to/from CT or Bimini, to/from your home town and CT or Bimini) or lodging during the office component. Fieldwork internships are limited on average to two spaces per summer at the Bimini field site, and the application process is therefore highly competitive.
Current enrollment in a degree-seeking program, background in science and/or animal behavior and experience on boats and/or with photo-identification are all desired, but not necessarily required. The successful candidates will be comfortable on a boat for several hours at a time in varying conditions (including intense heat). They will also be proficient swimmers with the desire to improve free-diving skills. They will be able to work as a team both at the office and in a fairly remote and isolated field setting.
Required Qualities (office and field)
*An interest in biology, marine biology, animal behavior and/or conservation
*Strong written, speaking and computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
*Strong attention to detail and good organizational skills
*Ability to work both independently and in team settings
Office Internship Spring 2013
When: Spring Semester
Application Deadline: 11 January 2013
We are no longer accepting applications for this internship, which will run from late January to early May 2013.
Field Internship Summer 2013
When: June - August 2013
Status: Currently accepting applications
Application Deadline: 15 February 2013
We are now accepting applications. Application instructions are below. All applicants will receive confirmation their materials were received within 4 days of receipt; if you do not receive confirmation, please follow-up. Only those applicants who are chosen for a phone/Skype interview will be notified. Interviews are expected to be scheduled between 19-22 February 2013.
Office Internship Fall 2013
Details to be determined.
Note: All applicants must be 18 years of age. Although international applicants are invited to apply, all applicants should know that interns are responsible for their own daily transportation to/from the CT office and public transportation is not available in this area; therefore all interns have their own vehicles while in CT. All application materials must be submitted electronically. No hard copies will be accepted. Please submit all materials together, with the exception of letters of recommendation, which may be sent separately.
How To Apply
To apply for one of DCPs internship spaces, download the internship application form as a PDF . Applications must be sent via email to