University of Alaska Southeast


Company: Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawaii
Location: Oahu, HI
Position: Intern - Research Assistant
Requirements: See internship posting

The Marine Mammal Research Program (MMRP) at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), University of Hawaii is seeking a limited number of highly dedicated individuals for summer internship positions. MMRP’s scientists primarily study cetacean acoustic sensory systems, specifically hearing, echolocation, and communication with our resident false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens), and 2 bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). MMRP faculty, staff, and graduate students have backgrounds in psychology, engineering, marine biology, zoology, and oceanography. MMRP collaborates with research groups and animal care facilities all over the world to further our understanding of cetacean sensory systems both in natural and experimental conditions providing valuable information that can be used to mitigate threats to marine mammals.

Interns will work directly with and provide essential support to animal care and training staff. Interns will shadow trainers in all aspects of daily care, including food preparation, sanitation, boat and facility maintenance, while assisting in and observing general husbandry, medical procedures, and bio-acoustic research experiments. This opportunity will provide interns with a foundation in animal behavior, animal husbandry, operant conditioning training, and a unique opportunity to gain experience in the highly competitive field of marine mammal science.


  • Major in psychology, animal science, biology, zoology, or related field is preferred.  
  • Work can be physically demanding, interns must be comfortable working in the elements (rain or shine), be able to lift 60 lbs, and be able to swim.
  • Must provide a minimum of 2 letters of recommendation from college professors and/or from supervisors of related work
  • Must submit a cover letter describing your short-term and long-term interests and career goals and how they relate to this position, which part of our program interests you most, and how your interests, qualifications, and previous experiences will benefit our program.
  • Must submit a resume listing your Major, cumulative GPA, Major GPA, expected graduation date, relevant coursework and letter grade received, and any related professional or volunteer experiences.

To be considered: your email subject line must read: last name_Summer 2014 MMRP Application

Contact: Aliza Milette-Winfree
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Closing Date: Open Until Filled