Coastal Conservation Research Program

The Coastal Conservation Research Program (CCRP) offers a 10-week summer internship program for undergraduate students hosted at The Wetlands Institute on the Cape May Peninsula of southern New Jersey. Located on 6,000 acres of coastal salt marsh and in close proximity to Atlantic coast barrier island and Delaware Bay beaches, The Wetlands Institute promotes research, education, and conservation through a variety of community-engagement projects, educational programs, and field studies related to coastal birds, fisheries, diamondback terrapins, and coastal and wetland ecosystem dynamics.

Over the past 20 years, nearly 200 college and university students from over 100 academic institutions throughout the United States and abroad have participated in CCRP as research interns. Research interns work closely with research scientists on a wide variety of projects, participate in outreach activities, conduct independent research projects, and present results at our annual Intern Symposium. The program is a partnership between the Wetlands Institute and other public and private partners.

In 2015, CCRP research interns will have the opportunity to participate in projects that may include:

  • Diamondback Terrapin Research and Conservation
  • Surveys of Breeding Birds in Coastal Habitats
  • Delaware Bay Horseshoe Crab Research and Conservation
  • Sea Level Rise Issues in the Coastal Salt Marshes

Research interns will receive a stipend ($160/week). Limited housing is available in Institute dorms. Personal transportation is strongly encouraged.


Application and Contact Information

Students applying for a research internship should be completing their sophomore, junior, or senior year at a college or university and be interested in biological research as a career. The internship period runs from late-May through early-August. Students should be available for the duration of the term.

All applicants must submit a complete application package consisting of the following:

1) Completed application form (download below)
2) Resume
3) Copy of college transcripts
4) Statement of Interest
5) One letter of recommendation

Please carefully review the 2015 CCRP Intern Application for more details.

The application can be downloaded here.

Application deadline is March 1, 2015.

Incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline will not be considered.


For additional information or to submit your application, contact:

Lisa Ferguson
Director of Research & Conservation
The Wetlands Institute
1075 Stone Harbor Blvd, Stone Harbor, NJ 08247
email: research@wetlandsinstitute.org


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