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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.

CCRP interns are mentored by 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 interns will have the opportunity to participate in 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

Intern schedules are filled with outdoor fieldwork, data collection and analysis, and hands-on learning experiences over a 10-week period from late-May through early August. Applicants must be available for the full duration of the program. Interns receive a weekly stipend of $160.00 and a summer living stipend of $500.00. Housing is not provided – interns must live locally or within daily commuting distance. Two years of college and reliable transportation are required.


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
  2. Resume
  3. Copy of your college transcript (unofficial copy is accepted)
  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)

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

Application for Summer 2022 is now closed.


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