Shark Research and Science Communication Internship


The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is dedicated to educating the public about ongoing white shark research so as to build an understanding of how research is essential for shark conservation. This internship will provide an opportunity to learn about ongoing white shark research, to take part in data analysis, and to develop skills for communicating the results of scientific research to the public. This internship is an intensive 14-week commitment, generally Monday through Friday from 8:30am-4:00pm, with some weekend and evening work. The intern will be given a schedule so they can plan accordingly for their summer.

Shark Research

The intern will assist with ongoing research activities as needed. The selected candidate will primarily be responsible for checking acoustic receivers positioned in nearshore waters around the state of Massachusetts. The candidate will be responsible for working with local harbormasters to organize a schedule for checking the equipment and offloading the data.

As the research season progresses, assistance with data analysis may be needed as well.

Science Communication & Education

The intern will be stationed at the Chatham Shark Center, which is the outreach facility of AWSC. Duties will include, but are not limited to, educating visitors about white sharks and answering research-related questions; engaging youth in hands-on science activities; cleaning and organizing education spaces; daily operations of the facility; and set-up and breakdown of educational programs. Due to the timing of some of our special events and education programs, the intern may be required (with ample notice) to work outside of the typical 8:30am- 4:00pm schedule on nights and weekends.

Potential interns should be enrolled in an accredited university program and pursuing a degree in science or education. They should be comfortable spending long days on their feet, and should be comfortable on small craft boats. CPR and First Aid certifications are required and should be obtained prior to the first day of the internship. Familiarity with the MS Office suite of programs is required.  

This position requires the candidate to have a vehicle they can use for transportation.

This is an unpaid internship, but housing is provided. The AWSC will work with the candidate’s college or university if the candidate would like to earn college credit for this internship. Please be sure to visit the internship page to review all of the general information about AWSC internships before completing the application.