Commonly Asked Questions Regarding
the Field Research and Environmental Education Internship

  • Is it possible to work a second job while I am an intern at the Ocean Alliance?

An intern must be committed to working five days for the Ocean Alliance either in the Lincoln Office, the Gloucester Office, or aboard the whale watching boat. After this commitment is fulfilled, interns can work a second job at night or on weekends.

  • Can I receive class credit for this internship?

Interns in the past have received class credit by designing their own Independent Study around this internship. We are willing to work with your school to help you get credit.

  • Do I need a car?

Interns should have cars so that they can travel to and from the whale watching boat (about 15 minutes away), the Lincoln office (about 45 minutes away), and the Gloucester office (15 minutes away). Although a car is a great thing to have, it is possible to work out a car-pooling schedule among staff members for those who do not own a car.

  • Where should I look for housing?

We have been able to find housing for 3-4 interns in a summer cottage in Rockport--the neighboring town. It is communal living, which we believe enhances the internship because it allows conversations, etc. to continue after the day on the boat is over.

  • How much of this internship is related to science and how much to education?

This program is a good balance between education and science. Throughout the course of the summer, interns have the opportunity to develop their teaching skills and to strengthen their interpersonal skills. However, when interns are not circulating the boat, they are expected to collect scientific data on whale behavior and identification. This portion of the trip allows interns to refine their data collection skills and to glimpse into the daily life of a marine mammal scientist.

  • Is this a good experience for someone who is interested in becoming a marine mammal scientist?

This internship is an excellent way to gain hands-on experience with whales. It allows college students to form a solid foundation of knowledge about whales that they can use for the rest of their lives. This internship is also an excellent way to meet other people who have dedicated their lives to marine science. All in all, the Field Research and Environmental Education Internship is a great first step to a career in marine science or education.

  • Should I apply for this internship if I am extremely prone to seasickness?

Interns must be comfortable on small ocean-going vessels. Whale watches are rarely cancelled so interns must be prepared for various types of weather conditions. That said our whale watch boat is 110 feet long and a very good sea boat.


             Colleges and Majors of Past Interns

Year

Name of College

Major

2001

Ball State University

Outdoor Recreation and Environmental Management and Education

2001

Bowling Green State University

Sociology/Criminology

2002

Canisius College

Psychology

2000

Clark University

Biology

2002

Clark University

Biochemistry

2002

Cornell University

Biology, Economics

1996

Dartmouth College

Undeclared

2002

Endicott College

English

2001

Franklin Pierce College

Environmental Science

1999

Hamilton College

French

2000

Indiana University

Undeclared

2000

Indiana University

Undeclared

1997

Kutztown University

Marine Science and Biology

2001

Middlebury College

Psychology

2002

Ohio State University

Biology, Philosophy

2002

Ohio University

Biology

1996

Princeton University

Undeclared

1999

Reading University

Art History

2001

Reading University

Zoology

1998

Sterling College

Wetlands Ecology and Management

1997

University of Denver

Environmental Science

2001

University of Georgia

Education

2001

University of Kentucky

Psychology

2000

University of Maine

Biology

1997

University of Massachusetts

Environmental Science

2000

University of Massachusetts

Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation

1998

University of Michigan

Mechanical Engineering

1997

University of New Hampshire

Marine and Freshwater Biology

1999 University of New Hampshire Marine and Freshwater Biology, Oceanography
1996 University of South Carolina Marine Science
1996 Wesleyan University Biology
1996 Williams College Undeclared
1996 Wright State University Psychology

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