Internship Opportunity in Marine Invasions Fouling Survey at SERC (Edgewater, MD)

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, MD is now accepting applications for our Marine Invasions Fouling Survey.

This internship project focuses on understanding spatial patterns in communities in Chesapeake Bay, and Ketchikan, Alaska. Our plan to survey communities in the Chesapeake Bay opens opportunities for the intern to focus on questions relating to the trends in NIS diversity, vectors, geographic or habitat hotspots and secondary spread. We anticipate that the intern will spend 25% of their time working on an independent project that is part of the larger fouling community study, 25% assisting with miscellaneous lab projects, and 50% aiding in all aspects of the Chesapeake Bay and Ketchikan Surveys.

Identification of marine invertebrates and knowledge of proper microscopy techniques is a plus!

  *   The intern will be trained in techniques related to marine surveys including experimental design, implementation, sample collection, preservation, taxonomic identification of invertebrate groups (possibly paying close attention to a particular group for their independent project), data collection, data entry, and data verification.

  *   The intern will be expected to summarize his/her accomplishments in a public seminar at the end of the project period under the supervision of lab scientists.

  *   The intern will also be expected to gain professional development by attending seminars and journal clubs and interacting with other scientists.

To apply:  Please select the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and select the Marine Invasions Lab as your top choice (or one of your three top choices).  Please mention the Fouling Survey directly in your Internship Statement.

Application deadline:      February 15, 2020 Midnight EST

Location:    Edgewater, MD

Dates:         June – October (specific dates to be TBD) with possibility of extension

Eligibility:  Graduated seniors, or ability to stay through late September. Must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions. Students of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Stipend:      $550 weekly stipend plus limited on-campus dorm housing available ($105/week)