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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.

Research interns work closely with our staff on a variety of projects, participate in outreach activities, conduct independent research projects, and present results at our annual Intern Symposium. In 2021, 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 the Coastal Salt Marshes

Students applying for a research internship should be completing their sophomore, junior, or senior year at a college or university and be pursuing a career in biological or ecological science. Research interns receive a weekly stipend of $160.00 and a summer living stipend of $500.00. In accordance with COVID-19 safety precautions, we will be unable to provide on-site housing for interns so interns must live locally or within daily commuting distance. Applicants must be available for the full duration of the position from late May to early August. Reliable transportation is required.

To apply, applicants should submit by emailcomplete application package consisting of the following:

1) Completed application form (download here)
2) Resume
3) Copy of college transcripts
4) Statement of Interest (max 2 pg)
5) One letter of recommendation (can be submitted separately by your reference)

A complete application package must be received by February 21, 2021 for consideration. Application packages that are incomplete or received after the deadline will not be considered. For more information, visit