Internship Opportunities

Our internships will provide college students, or recent graduates, an opportunity to gain valuable experience in shark research and education. Summer internships are available in 2017, but please note that due to AWSC's status as a nonprofit research institution, positions offered by the AWSC College Intern Program are unpaid.

Applications are due by February 17, 2017 to be considered for the position.


Community Outreach and shark research Intern

Summer 2017


In our first year of operation, the Chatham Shark Center engaged almost 10,000 individuals during its regular hours of operation, inspiring the public to get involved in shark conservation. The AWSC Community Outreach and Shark Research Intern will play a critical role in delivering our mission to visitors this summer, engaging guests of all ages and providing them with a memorable experience. The Internship is an intensive 14 week commitment, where most work weeks run Monday to Friday on an 830am-5pm schedule, with some weekend or evening work. The candidate will be given a schedule so they can plan accordingly for their summer. This is a two part internship that will provide the intern with the ability to gain field experience, be a part of an ongoing white shark research project, and engage the community in shark education programs.

Community Outreach

For this part of the internship, one will work at the Chatham Shark Center, the outreach facility of AWSC. Duties include, but are not limited to, developing and running special visitor programs; educating visitors and being available to answer research questions; engaging youth in hands on science activities; cleaning and organizing education spaces; day to day operations of the facility as a whole, and daily set-up and breakdown of programs. Due to the timing of some of our special events and education programs the intern may be required to work outside of the typical 8:30am- 5pm schedule and may be needed on weekends.

Shark Research

For this part of the internship, one will work in the field in partnership with Chatham Bars Inn (CBI). We have an ecotourism program that we run in conjunction with CBI, in which visitors pay to go out on a small boat to learn about shark biology, the ongoing research projects, and pull up a shark receiver to see if any tagged sharks have been in the harbor. The intern will be trained to lead this program and engage guests, as well as bring up the receiver and offload the data. This program runs twice a week from July through August. The intern will also accompany a biologist to assist in downloading the data off of other shark receivers located around Massachusetts. (This may only happen 3-4 times over the summer)

Potential Interns should be pursuing a degree in (marine) science or education, have strong communication skills and enjoy working with children. They should be comfortable spending long days on their feet, and CPR and First Aid certifications are required. All Interns will receive intensive and thorough training in marine science topics, education pedagogy and the work of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy. AWSC Interns will become more comfortable and confident teachers/presenters, gain outreach program development experience, and make valuable professional contacts for future scientific and/or educational endeavors.

This is an unpaid internship, but efforts will be made for Interns to have some opportunities to shadow or visit with the AWSC Research team. 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 direct any questions regarding the position to our Education Director, Marianne Long at

General Information


We ask for a minimum 14 week commitment (unless otherwise stated in the program description).


Applicant 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.


AWSC is unable to provide or arrange for intern housing. However, once candidates have accepted an internship offer, AWSC is able to offer a small list of housing options and can also put interns in communication with one another so that they may arrange for shared housing. We recommend that interns budget at least $750/month for housing.

Local Transportation

Public transportation between AWSC and most local areas is available through the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority. Riders can pay per ride or purchase a 31-day bus pass, currently $60 (but check their website for updates). Also,  is a great resource for finding bicycles for sale. Interns are responsible for providing or making arrangements for daily transportation to AWSC.

Internship Areas and Intern Duties

Detailed information on the AWSC programs that routinely accept college interns and intern job descriptions for each of these programs can be found below. Interns normally work 40 hours per week and follow center and field work rules of safety and regulation. Occasionally longer hours, weekends and/or nights may be required. Dress for most internships is casual with appropriate center or laboratory/field apparel and footwear. Positions in some divisions may require more professional attire.

Application Procedure

Applicants must complete the online application form and upload a one-to-two page a resume or CV, and unofficial transcript.  Applicants must also request a letter of recommendation which must be emailed directly from the recommender. Please have letters of recommendations emailed to Marianne Long at with "Recommendation for John Smith" in the subject line. 

Application deadline for Summer 2017 has passed.