The Virginia Aquarium’s Research & Conservation Division is now accepting Stranding Response Intern applications for summer 2023. The application deadline is February 1st, 2023. Internships will be approximately three months long, starting between May and June. Internships will be fulfilled in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines and positions are subject to change based on the most current recommendations. Please note that all positions are non-compensatory and housing is not provided by the Virginia Aquarium. Interns are fully responsible for fulfilling all requirements of their home institutions to receive academic credit.
Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program (VAQS) interns promote the conservation of marine animal species through research, response, rehabilitation, and education. Interns will be cross-trained in all aspects of stranding response; however, daily tasks will be assigned to interns according to interest and case load. Stranding work is unpredictable; therefore, experiences will vary by internship. VAQS staff will provide as many learning opportunities as possible during each internship.
-Must be at least 18 years old.
-Must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, or have recently graduated (within the last two years).
-Must be physically fit with the ability to lift 50 lbs and walk long distances on the beach in adverse conditions such as extreme heat and cold, humidity, rain, and wind.
-Must be self-motivated, articulate, mature, reliable, and responsible. Should work well independently as well as with a team.
-Should be comfortable around dead and decomposing animals.
-Should be comfortable driving large pick-up trucks and vans (preferred) and willing to learn how to drive response vehicles, if accepted (required).
-Have a background in biology and familiarity with stranding response (preferred).
Intern is expected to be available 3-4 days per week, 8am – 4:30pm. Weekend and holiday coverage is expected.
A complete Stranding Response Internship packet must include the following components:
-Cover letter including preferred focus area (necropsy or rehabilitation) and internship expectations. While we will do our best to accommodate intern preferences, staff will make the final focus area determination. There is some flexibility with internship start/end dates; please include any known schedule conflicts in your cover letter.
-Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center internship application form found at https://www.virginiaaquarium.com/support/work-with-us
-Two letters of recommendation; one must be an academic reference. Letters can be sent separately to firstname.lastname@example.org
Completed Application Packets
Email completed application packet to:
Interns@VirginiaAquarium.com and copy email@example.com. Please type "Stranding Response Intern Application Packet" in the subject line.
Mail your completed application packet to:
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Boulevard
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
Attn: Volunteer Engagement – Intern Applicant
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