Timeline: The internship duration is 8-10 weeks. The start date is May 28, 2024.
Reports to: Science Engagement Coordinator, with additional supervision from Schoodic Institute science staff.
Funding: Interns must work with their appropriate academic internship coordinator to secure funding. We do not support unpaid internships.
Application Deadline: Monday, March 4, 2024
Schoodic Institute offers a unique setting to explore biodiversity in a changing environment and effects of a changing climate across, and between, dynamic ecosystems. We take an integrated approach to science. Education and communication are woven into our research and monitoring; our internships reflect this holistic approach to science. Interns develop and practice skills in field research, field identification, and scientific research design; foster learning through citizen science; and communicate science to varied audiences.
Interns are paired with a mentor based on intern interests and the current work of the mentor. While the work is integrated, interns are expected to focus on one of two core areas–science communication, or science research and monitoring.
Summer Projects 2024:
Science Research: The intertidal zone (IZ) gets pretty hot at low tide in the summer. Luckily, for the snails, seastars, and urchins that call the IZ home, there’s a blanket of seaweed keeping conditions cool and moist. As the climate changes the blanket of seaweed is changing—how will changes alter the under-seaweed conditions? We’ll be studying how much seaweed is enough to keep things chill down under.
Science Communication: Work with communications staff to plan and create multimedia content highlighting the work of other early career professionals and science staff for social media. The intern will accompany scientists in varied field settings, from mountain summits to wet meadows to rocky shorelines, while producing a portfolio that exemplifies best practices for inclusive science communication.
Interns will spend time working in the field, in all weather conditions, hiking through rough terrain, and carrying heavy backpacks. Interns will also spend time managing and analyzing their data. Co-workers in the outdoors include mosquitoes, black flies, occasional ticks, and dense brush. Interns may also spend time in labs, classrooms (indoor and outdoor), libraries, and archives.
Internships are full-time positions. Daily and weekly work schedules may fluctuate. Work days can be up to 14 hours long. In some instances, such as intertidal work during low tide, work days may be split into morning and evening work. At times work will begin at dawn and go through dusk. Work hours will include some weekends.
Qualified applicants need to be able to work in challenging outdoor conditions, learn on the go, work in small teams, and efficiently collect field data. In addition, applicants must have a valid driver's license.