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Internship Program

Undergraduate and graduate students, recent graduates, or veterans in the fields of marine biology, environmental science, and other related fields are eligible to apply for our Research and Education Internship. Selected applicants will join our expert team of professional marine biologists and captains onboard the American Star to help collect our marine mammal data and educate our passengers. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Intern Responsibilities include:

  • Photographing marine mammals on whale and dolphin watching trips.
  • GPS/Data collection and processing in Excel.
  • Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin fin matching and analysis.
  • Passenger education; including leading a touch tank, whale baleen, and marine debris presentation.
  • Maintenance of collected local species tanks.
  • Contributing to our research blog.
  • Participating in an assigned independent project.

Application Process: To apply, please submit a complete application that includes:

  • Cover Letter
  • Current resume or CV
  • Contact information for two references
  • A supporting document of no more than 500 words answering ONE of the following:
    1. How can whale and dolphin watching promote the conservation of marine mammals in New Jersey?
    2. Why would research of marine mammals in their natural habitat, using photo-identification, and data collection be useful and important?
    3. How would you respond to a passenger who is disappointed with the trip (Ex: No whale sightings, not close enough to animals, the number of dolphins, etc) and continues by commenting that they should have gone to a marine park instead?


At this time, our Summer (May-August) 2024 positions have been filled.