Katie Thomas - Apprenticeship Program at the Friday Harbor Labs of the University of Washington
The program is designed to give undergraduates and post-baccalaureate an intensive 10 week independent research experience. Students are paired with two researchers who assist with designing and executing individual research projects. Our team investigated the San Juan Archipelago’s pelagic ecosystem from top to bottom in order to understand how oceanographic processes shape patterns of pelagic communities. Other internships have focused on more lab based topics. The apprenticeships are an excellent opportunity to learn how to do marine research and my experience has helped me decide to which graduate programs I should apply.
Amber Rendelman - Intern at the Seapoint Research Aquarium, Cape Town, South Africa IE3 Global Internships
The Seapoint Research Aquarium is a research facility that conducts projects on the marine organisms of South Africa including invertebrates, fish and birds. Interns assist a researcher with their work or conduct a study of interest to the intern. I am interested in a career in an aquarium so for my internship I worked raising a crustacean, Artemia salina. I studied best methods for culture which involved looking at their feeding, growth and population densities. It was a great way of obtaining knowledge, training, and work experience in this field for credit. Financial aid can be applied to this program and both the Study Abroad department on campus and IE3 offer scholarships for the internship. IE3 Biology internships are available in other regions of the world. I firmly believe no one will waste their time investing in their future by taking part in this amazing opportunity!