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Duke Engage Internship

Duke Engage Internship

The Marine Mammal Center partners with Duke University through their summer program, DukeEngage. The program provides full funding for selected Duke undergraduate students to participate in an immersive summer of service. In the past five years, The Marine Mammal Center has been proud to host 9 Duke students. The DukeEngage Internship is a unique organization-wide internship where students spend one day a week supporting different aspects of our non-profit. 

The DukeEngage Internship is a full-time internship 40 hours a week and is located at our Main Hospital in Sausalito, CA. Only currently enrolled Duke University students may apply.

DukeEngage Interns support the following areas of our organization:

  • Animal Care - Joining an animal care crew and providing basic animal husbandry to our patients (one day a week)
  • Rescue - Supporting our rescue operations by responding to calls from the public, provide administrative support and maintaining rescue equipment (one day a week)
  • Education - Engaging visitors about the work of The Marine Mammal Center and marine mammals (one day a week)
  • Development - Helping support our donor releases and provide administrative support to our development staff (one day a week)
  • Gift Store - Assisting in the gift store and providing excellent customer service to visitors (4 hours a week)
  • Independent Research Project - the intern will develop an independent research project based on their area of interest and present their findings to staff and volunteers at the end of their internship (4 hours a week)

Intern Qualifications:

  • Background and/or experience in environmental education, natural sciences, or environmental sciences
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with a variety of audiences including children, volunteers, staff and donors
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills 
  • Dedication, flexibility and eagerness to learn about all aspects of a non-profit organization
  • Ability to stand or walk for up to 4 hours without a break
  • Ability to lift and move up to 30 pounds
  • Ability to complete tasks in a productive, proactive manner
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • All applicants must be at least 18 years of age and pass a background check
  • Students are required to secure their own housing and transportation during their internship.

Intern Schedule:

Ideal candidates serve 5 days a week for approximately 40 hours for 10 to 12 weeks. Time off must be arranged in advance.

To Apply:

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter detailing your relevant experience and what you hope to gain from the internship to intern@tmmc.org with the subject line: DukeEngage Internship Application

Duke students must also submit an application through the DukeEngage program to receive funding. The deadline to apply for an US-based Independent Project on the DukeEngage website is January 23, 2019. 


If your university or college has a similar program and you are interested in partnering with The Marine Mammal Center, please email intern@tmmc.org to discuss partnership options.

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