Internship Opportunity (fwd)

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Date: Tue Feb 05 2002 - 17:09:08 EST

Subject: Internship Opportunity

Center for Oceanic Research and Education Internship Opportunity

The Center for Oceanic Research and Education (CORE), based in Essex, MA, is an organization dedicated to the study and conservation of cetaceans. Cetaceans are whales, dolphins and porpoises. CORE's mission is to promote stewardship and conservation of cetaceans and their marine environment. In collaboration with other research organizations, CORE's research focuses on the fascinating social interactions among whales. Through whale watch education programs, school presentations and public outreach activities, CORE hopes to educate as many people as possible about the plight of endangered whales and their fragile marine environment.

CORE collects most of its research data aboard commercial whale watching vessels that operate out of Gloucester & Nantucket, MA, as well as Rye, NH. Interns are aboard each trip as research assistants, and are primarily responsible for data collection. The types of data recorded on each trip include physical information - such as climate conditions, sea state, weather trends, water depth, temperature, location, number and species of each cetacean, as well as behavioral information and photographs of focus animals.

Other duties aboard the boats include answering passenger questions, assisting with fund raising efforts, helping crew on deck with lines and keeping the boat clean. In general, the interns will help assure the whale watch trips run smoothly.

Additionally, interns assist with data entry and general office work. They are also taught all aspects of analysis including data analysis and individual identification of whales through photo analysis.

CORE accepts only college-aged students (or older) and requires a minimum commitment of two months. Applications for the summer of 2002 will be accepted through March 31, 2002. Interviews will be conducted through mid-April. Though we do not charge anything for participating in the intern program, interns are responsible for providing their own room, board and transportation. This is strictly an unpaid, volunteer position. Scheduling is generally flexible enough to provide time for interns to have a part-time job, if necessary. If you are interested in participating in CORE's intern program, please contact Lisa Foerster at CORE to receive an application (978) 768-4560 or by e-mail:

Applications can also be obtained through the CORE website internship section:

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