Community outreach and shark conservation internship


In two years of operation, the Chatham Shark Center has engaged over 23,000 individuals during its regular hours of operation, inspiring the public to get involved in shark conservation. The AWSC Community Outreach and Shark Conservation 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 Sunday to Thursday on an 830am-4pm 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 develop their abilities in science communication, engage the community in shark education programs, and inspire shark conservation through working on one of our ecotourism 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.

Science Communication and Ecotourism

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 visit the internship page to review the general information for all AWSC internships prior to completing the application.