Visual Communications Internship - Winter Term

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Dolphin Research Center
58901 Overseas Highway
(mm 59)
Grassy Key, FL 33050
United States
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The goal of the Visual Communications Intern is to support and assist the Visual Communications (“VisComm”) staff. Using your knowledge of digital photography and videography as a Visual Communications Department Intern, you will have the opportunity to work outdoors around the water, interact with guests and watch dolphins at play while photographing program participants to provide lasting memories of their experiences. This is a team department and as an intern, using your still and video editing skills, you will assist on projects working closely with VisComm staff members and co-workers from other departments. Working knowledge of Final Cut Pro and Adobe Creative Suite software is essential. Each intern is asked to bring his vision and creativity forward with his individual goals. Department computers may be used when available. Depending on the individual’s interest or skill set these may be still photography, video, design project or a mix of all media. Primary responsibilities of this position are: Taking candid digital still photos of guests and dolphins during public programs Working directly with guests to select and process print and/or digital photos Other opportunities may include: All phases of video production from capturing to editing Organizing, scanning, and storing digital images of archived photos, slides and VHS tapes Creating on-site informational and directional signage VisComm Interns do not work directly with the dolphins but will be around them throughout the day as they interact with trainers, other departments and the general public. Note: All images/products produced through this internship will remain the sole property of DRC. Any images taken with your own equipment are for your personal use and not to be sold or published. This position is offered in all three sessions. All interns also provide regular support to all areas of operations through crossover to other departments and by weekly participation in the Resource Pool. By participating in all departments, our interns develop skills that can be used in multiple employment settings.
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Complete the Volunteer/Internship Candidate application form online at 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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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).