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The Coastal Conservation Research Program (CCRP) offers summer internships for undergraduate students pursuing careers in conservation biology, ecology, and coastal ecosystem sciences. Research interns participate in a variety of field studies in southern New Jersey, engage with local community members, and contribute to long-term conservation projects. The CCRP internship promotes professional development as research interns conduct an independent research project and present results of their studies at our annual Intern Symposium.

Research interns participate in a variety of projects that may include:

  • Diamondback Terrapin Research and Conservation
  • Surveys of Coastal Breeding Birds
  • Wetland Monitoring in Coastal Salt Marshes
  • Delaware Bay Horseshoe Crab Research and Conservation
  • Gray Treefrog and Eastern Box Turtle Monitoring

Intern schedules encompass outdoor fieldwork, data collection and analysis, and hands-on learning experiences. The internship period is expected to run from May 24 through July 31, 2023.  Applicants must be available for the full duration of the program. Interns work no more than 40 hours/week and are compensated at NJ Minimum Wage. Schedules may include weekends and holidays, early mornings and evening hours. Housing is not provided; applicants must live or be able to commute locally. Two years of college and reliable transportation are required.

Application Process: To be considered, please submit by email an application package with these five documents: completed application form, resume, transcript, statement of interest, and reference letter. Intern positions are supported in part by the Luing Family Foundation and Barbara and Jim Summers Intern Endowment Fund. All applicants must submit a complete application package consisting of the following:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Resume
  3. Copy of your college transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable)
  4. Statement of Interest (2-pg max) to explain why you would like to participate in our internship program and describe your interest for the projects outlined above, and related skills or background
  5. One letter of recommendation, preferably from a college faculty member (letter can be submitted directly to research@wetlandsinstitute.org)

Please carefully review the 2023 CCRP Internship Application for more details. The application can be downloaded here.

Applications must be received by February 19, 2023. Incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

For more information, visit wetlandsinstitute.org/research/ccrp/.