Marine Science Internships

Dolphin Training and Research Internship

June 18 - July 23, 2022

The Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences is excited to offer a 5-week Dolphin Training & Research Internship this summer. The program is open to upper-level undergraduates or recent graduates and will be limited to 12 interns. Interns will live and work at our facility and gain valuable research and field experience as they get to know our resident population of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncates) and receive an invaluable introduction into the training process.

Under the direction of senior dolphin trainer and biologist, Teri Bolton, interns will engage in a wide variety of activities and gain experience and skills that will make them more competitive when pursuing future employment and research opportunities in the field of marine mammal science.

Interns will:

  • Receive in-depth lectures on a variety of topics including evolution, anatomy, physiology, echolocation, reproduction, cognition, communication, conservation, and social dynamics.
  • Utilize field research methods to observe and record behavioral interactions.
  • Learn marine mammal training techniques.
  • Assist in dolphin husbandry and animal care management.
  • Develop and implement an independent research project.
  • Interact with an extremely dedicated and caring team of marine mammal professionals.

Coral Reef Research Internship

July 9 – August 6, 2022

This summer, the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences is excited to offer a 4-week Coral Reef Research Internship. The program is open to upper-level undergraduates or recent graduates and will be limited to 12 students. Interns will live and work at our facility and gain valuable research and field experience on some of the most well-developed and ecologically diverse reefs in the Caribbean.

Under the direction of professional mentors and marine biologists, interns will engage in a wide variety of activities and gain experience in the following:

  • Identification of Caribbean coral, fish, invertebrates, and algae species.
  • Application of field research methods to assess coral cover, abundance, and reef health.
  • Development and implementation of an independent research project
  • Coral nursery and reef restoration projects on the island.
  • Population management of the invasive lionfish.
  • Interaction with local conservation professionals.

MEET THE TEAM TO TAKE YOU THERE

Jennifer Keck, M.B.

RIMS Education & Research Coordinator

Coral Reef Research Internship

Jennifer Keck has been the Education & Research Coordinator with the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences (RIMS) for 23 years. She is also a PADI Instructor and has logged over 7,000 dives on Roatan's reefs. When not working with the university and academic groups that visit our facility, you can find her at RIMS's Coral Nursery, growing corals that will eventually be outplanted onto our reef. She is passionate about ocean conservation and loves sharing her passion for the underwater world with others.

Teri Bolton

RIMS Head Dolphin Trainer

Dolphin Training and Research Internship

Teri Bolton is the head dolphin trainer at the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences (RIMS) and manages the staff directly involved in the care, maintenance, training, and research of our bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncates). Her efforts, tremendous energy, and dedication are vital to the success of our facility and providing the animals with a healthy and stimulating environment. Teri is a passionate advocate for marine mammals, having spent her career as a trainer and researcher.

Important Information & Details

Dolphin Training & Research

5-Week Internship

Dates

June 18 - July 23, 2022

Fees

$ 3,725 US/USD

Price includes full room and board, structured dolphin activities, diving and snorkeling opportunities, airport transfers, and applicable taxes. A more detailed list of what is covered can be found here.>>

Eligibility

This internship is open to undergraduate students or recent graduates with a genuine interest in marine mammal science. The internship is limited to 12 interns at a time. Interns will live and work at our facility and gain valuable research and training experience working with our resident population of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncates). Learn more >>

Coral Reef Research

4-Week Internship

Dates

July 9 – August 6, 2022

Fees

$ 2,975.00 US/USD

Price includes full room and board, diving, tanks and weights, lab and classroom fees, airport transfers, off-site field excursions, and applicable taxes. A more detailed list of what is covered can be found here. >>

Eligibility

Students who have completed at least two years of undergraduate study and will be 18 years old at the program's start are eligible to apply. Applicants must also be SCUBA certified. We do not offer course credit for the program but we encourage successful applicants to arrange for research or independent studies credit through their home institution. Learn more >>

Applications

Completed applications transcripts, references, and supporting documents should be e-mailed in PDF format to:

The subject line of the email should be Last name, First name - RIMS Internship Reference

Questions? Please Contact Us!

For more information about the program, please use the contact form or write to:

Jennifer Keck
Education & Research Coordinator
Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences

internship@roatanims.org
Call or WhatsApp +504 9556-0212
www.roatanims.org