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 focused on coastal birds, diamondback terrapins, horseshoe crabs, 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. CCRP 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.
In 2017, 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
- Wetland Condition Monitoring in Coastal Salt Marshes
Research interns will receive a stipend ($160/week). Limited housing is available in Institute dorms. Personal transportation is strongly recommended.
Intern Symposiums Archive
Partners and Sponsors
Multiple public and private partners support the CCRP through funding and collaborative support. These partners include:
- The Wetlands Institute
- Stockton University
- The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Endangered and Non-game Species Program
- Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey
- Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund
- New Jersey Meadowlands Commission
- Philadelphia Zoo
- Asian Scholar Program: A consortium of partners including: New York Tutle and Tortoise Society, Wetlands Institute, Chelonian Research Institute, Gopher Tortoise Council, Wildlife Conservation Society, and Conservation International
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)
3) Copy of college transcripts (unofficial accepted)
4) Statement of Interest
5) One letter of recommendation (can be sent separately)
Please carefully review the 2017 CCRP Internship Application for more details.
Application deadline is February 27, 2017.
Incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline will not be considered.