Marine Fisheries Ecology Internship: Mississippi – December grads

The Mississippi State University Marine Fisheries Ecology Program ( is seeking applicants for an internship position working under the direction of Dr. Marcus Drymon and Extension Associates at the Coastal Research and Extension Center (CREC) in Biloxi, MS. This paid internship is available starting March 15th and ending October 15th.

The roles of the intern will fall into three categories: field, laboratory, and outreach/education. The first category involves assisting with shark bottom longline surveys throughout the northern Gulf of Mexico. Specifically, the intern will be responsible for preparing gear, performing shark and fish dissections, collecting samples, and recording and entering data. The second category involves completing various laboratory processing tasks using samples collected during the bottom longline surveys. The third category involves helping with outreach and education events and developing materials to use at these events. Travel for field work and outreach events may be necessary.


At least 18 years of age

B.S. or B.A. in biological sciences (Note: must be graduated by the start of this internship)

Valid driverÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s license

Minimum of a 7-month commitment

Willingness to work on a flexible schedule, which may include weekends, evenings, and holidays

Willingness and capacity to spend long days on a boat, potentially in extreme weather conditions, including rough seas

Ability to handle heavy physical work: heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects up to or heavier than 50 pounds

Desired Skills:

Organized and able to work independently

Skilled with computer programs, including Microsoft Office, QGIS, Photoshop, etc.

Comfortable speaking with strangers, particularly in an education setting

Experience on boats

Experience handling fish, collecting samples and data, and conducting field surveys (e.g., trawl, gillnet, quadrat, etc.)

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

Please apply using this link:

Application deadline is 11:59 PM on February 1, 2021.

Questions? Contact the Marine Fisheries Ecology Program at