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Science and Research Internship

Science and Research Internship

The Science Department at TMMC is seeking applicants for an unpaid internship position in our research division. There are four intern opportunities; fall 2017, and winter, spring and summer 2018.

The Science and Research Internship is available at our main hospital in Sasualito.


Some of the projects the sucessful candidate may participate in are:

  1. Assist with necropsies: Necropsies are performed on all animals that don't survive during treatment at the center. Depending on the case, some necropsies require a significant amount of sampling. Primary responsibilities will include: assisting with necropsy sample collection, data collection, archiving samples, stocking necropsy lab, and clean up.
  2. Data entry and cleaning: The goal of this project is to improve data integrity, standardization, and volume in the Veterinary Science Department’s databases (FileMaker Pro). These data include animal care and medical records, diagnostic results, specimen tracking information, and stranding and disposition details. Intern tasks may include entry of respective data from hard-copy records and data checking and cleaning.
  3. Specimen archive project: This project will focus on tracking and optimizing the storage of archived specimens collected from live and dead marine mammals. Intern duties will primarily include: freezer inventory.
  4. Library project: This project involves cataloging scientific publications into TMMC’s hardcopy and electronic libraries. Intern duties will primarily include: reference entry using EndNote X, restocking hardcopy reprints, and scanning hardcopy publications.
In addition, the intern will assist with other duties within the Science Department as needed.

Intern Qualifications:

  • All applicants must be 21 years of age or older and engaged or recently completed undergraduate studies. 
  • A background or degree in Biology, Marine Biology, Ecology, Conservation or a related field.
  • Computer proficiency, especially with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Comfortable hiking 5 miles and lifting 50 lbs.
  • There is no compensation for this internship position and the successful applicant will be responsible for their own living and transportation expenses during the time of the internship. The location of the Marine Mammal Center will require you to have a car or bike as there is no alternative transportation to the Marin Headlands due to how secluded the location is.
  • If the intern intends to receive university credit for their internship, they are responsible for making all arrangements with their educational institution.  

Intern Schedule:

Interns must be able to work for a minimum of 12 weeks full time (40 hours per week). 

Internship Dates:

 Internship Period  Application Deadline Interviews  Notification of Acceptance Approximate Internship Time
Fall August 10, 2017 August 16-17, 2017 August 18, 2017 September 4 - December 1, 2017
Winter November 10, 2017 November 16-17, 2017 November 21, 2017 January 26 - April 13, 2018
Spring February 9, 2018 February 19-20, 2018 February 22, 2018 April 1st - June 22, 2018
Summer April 13, 2018 April 23-24, 2018 April 26, 2018 June 11 - August 31, 2018

There is flexibility on the start date of this internship. Please specify which time slot you’re applying for- fall, winter, spring or summer.


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The following application material is required and should be submitted electronically (PDF or Word document attachments) on the application webpage

  1. Cover Letter (no more than two pages, double spaced) that describes: a) your professional interests and career goals, b) your reasons for applying for this internship, c) why you should be selected for this internship, and d) your availability and plan for housing.
  2. College transcript(s) (official or unofficial copy) with all college-level courses you have taken to-date and the grades you have received. Please include an explanation of grading scales not on a 4.0 scale.
  3. One letter of recommendation from an individual capable of commenting on your academic qualifications and, if possible, research skills. College or university faculty or research advisors preferred. Letters of recommendation MUST be sent directly from the person writing the letter, preferably via email (as an attachment or in the body of the email). Email letter to
  4. Resume or curriculum vitae (no more than two pages) describing any relevant jobs, internships, volunteer work, scholarships and/or other activities that you have held or participated in and other skills or accomplishments that you wish to identify.
If online submission is not possible, application material can be faxed to (415) 754-4078 (Attn: Christine Fontaine) or mailed to: The Marine Mammal Center, 2000 Bunker Road, Marin Headlands, Sausalito, CA 94965 (Attn: Christine Fontaine). It is the responsibility of the applicant that all required material is submitted by the deadline.
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