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Shark Center Internship

Organization Description: The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (AWSC), established in 2012, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support scientific research, educate the community, improve public safety, and inspire shark conservation. 

Position Summary: The AWSC Shark Center Education Interns will play a critical role in delivering our mission at our Shark Center, as well as expanding our programming efforts at the facility. In this position, the Shark Center Education Interns will engage visitors at the Shark Center and assist in daily operations.  
This position will require the interns to interact and educate visitors of a wide range of ages. In addition to engaging visitors in the exhibit hall, the Education Interns in this position will be assisting in programming, such as Toddler Story Hour, Private Family Tours of the Shark Center, Receiver Tours and the Shark Smart Beach Program. 
Internship Period and Schedule: The internship period is from June 5th through Labor Day. Interns work 30-34 hours per week and follow a Sunday to Thursday schedule. 
  • Engage and provide educational experiences for visitors at the Shark Center Chatham, the outreach facility of the AWSC, located in Chatham, MA. 
  • Assist with daily operations including, but not limited to engaging and supporting volunteers, visitor check-in and in store sales at the Shark Center.  
  • Assist in developing educational materials for the Shark Center Chatham.  
  • Collaborate with other interns by assisting in operating the tent at the Shark Smart Beach Program one day a week. 
  • Lead Shark Receiver Tour aboard a small vessel one day a week. This is one of our ecotourism programs in which you travel Chatham Harbor and educate guests about shark research. 
  • Other projects and tasks, as needed. 
Qualifications: Applicants should be pursuing a degree in marine science, environmental conservation, education, business management, or a related field. Must be self-motivated, organized, personable, and hardworking. The applicant should also have the ability to interact effectively with staff and work both independently and collaboratively in a small nonprofit environment. CPR and First Aid are required, and if selected, interns are required to complete a criminal background check. Candidates are required to have their own means of transportation for this position. 
Ideal candidates should have experience in and be looking to grow the following skills: 
  • Science communication 
  • Public speaking 
  • Ability to engage audiences of all demographics 
  • Museum operations 
  • Ability to spend long days on their feet 
  • Informal education programming 

Training: All Interns will receive intensive and thorough training in marine science topics, education pedagogy and the work of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy. Interns will also participate in a media training and will work with various AWSC staff during the training period. 

This is an unpaid internship, but housing is provided. AWSC will work with the candidate’s college or university to complete any paperwork if the candidate would like to earn college credit for this internship. Please visit the internship page to review the general information for all AWSC internships prior to completing the application.

Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited university or college program at the undergraduate or graduate level OR be a recent college graduate to be eligible to apply for an Atlantic White Shark Conservancy internship. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply. Diversity of opinions, experiences, and backgrounds is a key asset.