Subject: assistantships

Dagmar Fertl (
Mon, 27 Sep 1999 06:03:57 PDT

Hi my name is Carlos E. Rincon, I am a junior in HS and am
fascinated by the ocean's life. I was wondering if you could maybe
refrence me to a scientist, biologist, expeditionist, etc. that I
could probably assist and learn with over the summer of 2000. I
would really appreciate it. Thanks for your time.
Hi Carlos,

The WhaleNet website has some good links you should check out regarding 
programs that can use assistants. For example, check the link for the 
Society for Marine Mammalogy, which has information on internships for 
marine mammal projects.  You could also run a search on the web for 
Earthwatch and School for Field Studies which have some great opportunities. 
I would recommend that you run a search on the web and find a topic you're 
interested in and then contact a person in charge to see what's available. 
Also, checking with a conservation group in your area or university in your 
area, might give you some leads on whom to contact. Without knowing where 
you live, I can't be of any further assistance at this point.

Good luck and I think it's great that you want to get some experience! When 
I was in high school, I wanted to go to vet school, so I volunteered at a 
vet clinic so I could find out more about what a vet does.  I always tell 
people to get some experience and learn what is really involved with a 
particular career. I know that many people think marine biology is 
glamorous, but it is actually lots of hard work, and typically very little 
pay. You should pick something you like doing, because all the money in the 
world won't make you happy at a job you find boring.


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