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Coastal Conservation Research Program Internship

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.

For more than 20 years, hundreds of 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.


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 the Coastal Salt Marshes

Research interns will receive a stipend ($160/week plus $500 summer living stipend). Limited housing is available in Institute dorms. Personal transportation is required.

Partners and Sponsors

Multiple public and private partners support the CCRP internship program through funding and collaborative support. These include:

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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 (unofficial copy is accepted)

4) Statement of Interest

5) One letter of recommendation (can be sent separately by your reference)


Please carefully review the 2020 CCRP Internship Application for more details.


Application deadline is February 16, 2020.

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

Application Form

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

or by email: