Education Internship

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Dolphin Research Center
58901 Overseas Highway
(mm 59)
Grassy Key, FL 33050
United States
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An internship in the Education Department is a comprehensive, and well-rounded experience. The goal of the Education Internship is to help you begin to build a foundation for a career in marine education and/or working with marine mammals. Our education programs have enormous potential to influence public attitudes and actions and to directly affect the health and well-being of the environment. We accomplish this through a variety of programs from daily narrations during dolphin sessions to our week-long DolphinLabs. Education interns have the opportunity to observe college accredited seminars and have access to a vast library of professional journal articles on a broad range of topics as well as to updates on global marine mammal issues. Education interns build public speaking skills and interact daily with visitors of all ages. While Education interns do not work directly with our dolphins, there is ample opportunity to talk directly with the public by conducting educational presentations and informally answer guests’ questions lagoon-side. Responsibilities vary depending on the program schedule during your internship. Specific job duties may include (but are not limited to): Observe and present public education programs such as our daily live dolphin presentations and theater workshops Answer questions from guests on the grounds Help with educational tours around the facility Assist education staff members at school and community outreach events Assist DolphinLab coordinators with off-site activities, dolphin observation time, and classroom seminars Assist Education staff with daily department responsibilities such as preparing for education programs and the daily schedule Assist with our Dolphin Day Camp program including scavenger hunts, facilitating activities, and demonstrations with the animals. Throughout your internship you will complete various assigned reading, observe seminars, and maintain a daily journal. In addition, you will set specific goals for your internship that will both benefit the Education Department and enhance your experience. All interns also provide regular support to all areas of operations through departmental crossover and weekly participation in the Volunteer Resource Pool. By participating in all departments, our interns develop skills that can be used in multiple employment settings.
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Within our Volunteer Resources Department, we offer an Internship Program. Internships at DRC are an exciting way to develop career skills as well as an opportunity to get “behind the scenes” to see how a marine mammal facility operates. They involve concentration in specific departments, normally last 16 to 18 weeks and are held throughout the year. Interns work forty hours per week typically spending four days per week in their designated department and one day providing support in other areas of daily operations through the Volunteer Resources Pool. All internships are unpaid. Applicants do not need to be enrolled in college to be considered for an internship. Supplemental projects will be assigned based upon DRC’s needs and the intern’s specific skills and areas of interest, and may include: assisting your department and other teams. In addition to daily position responsibilities, all interns are required to pursue individual independent study goals according to his/her specific skills and areas of interest. If seeking college credit the intern can incorporate course work into this area. Dolphin Research Center offers internships in a variety of departments including: ANIMAL CARE AND TRAINING EDUCATION INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES MEDICAL DEPARTMENT RESEARCH VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS General Information/Requirements Dolphin Research Center welcomes interns from around the world but asks that applicants are able to comfortably read, speak and understand English. Intern applicants need to be physically fit, able to lift 50 pounds and work outside in the Florida heat, sunshine and humidity. All interns are responsible for their own housing, food and local transportation. Please bear in mind that this area is a tourist destination and therefore the cost of accommodations can vary dependent on the season. We can assist you in finding housing.
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Complete the Volunteer/Internship Candidate application form online at Dolphin Research Center’s Internship Program falls within the Volunteer Resources Department. All Internships are unpaid and the number of intern positions is very limited. Internships involve concentration within a specific department and generally are of 16-18 weeks duration. Applicants available for this duration of time may take precedence. Applications for less than 12 week duration will not be accepted. Deadline Dates for Internship Application Submission. NO LATER THAN: OCTOBER 1 for the Winter Term (January through April) FEBRUARY 1 for the Summer Term (May through August) JUNE 1 for the Fall Term (September through December) To apply for an internship it is mandatory that you please provide the following package. If necessary, documentation can be sent under separate cover: A completed Application Form (including your Internship Preferences in order of choice under Section B) A current Resume Transcript (may be unofficial unless you are seeking a credit for your internship) Two Letters of Recommendation with an original signature. (If currently enrolled in college, one letter must be from your Faculty Advisor) Application Review and Selection: Upon receipt, internship applications are given to department coaches for review and selection Telephone interviews are conducted with finalists Selections are generally completed and confirmed two months prior to the starting month of each term Start and end dates for the internships are arranged with the department coaches at the time of acceptance DRC keeps start and end dates flexible to meet varying schedules of schools and activities If you have additional questions regarding internship opportunities at DRC, please e-mail or telephone (305) 289-1121 x 230, Monday – Friday 9AM to 4PM (EST).