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Dolphin Communication Project's Internship Program

Updated on June 24, 2014

Internships with DCP

The Dolphin Communication Project (DCP) offers internships for college students during fall, spring, and summer semesters on a revolving basis. We offer two types of internships: Office Internships and a Fieldwork Internship (see below for more info). Each of the two internships involves a data processing component that is conducted at the DCP office located in the USA. Interns must be at least 18 years old at the start of their internship.

Required Qualities

-An interest in biology, marine biology, animal behavior and/or conservation

-Strong written, speaking and computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

-Strong attention to detail and good organizational skills

-Ability to work both independently and in team settings

Office Internships - a description

Office Internships with DCP are generally offered to college students who are willing to spend a semester (8 - 12 weeks) working with us on data processing. Weekly commitments vary depending on the student's school schedule and requirements. Interns gain skills and understanding in data processing, including but not limited to photo-identification, focal follows and event sampling for behavioral analyses, and acoustic analyses of dolphin sounds (whistles & echolocation clicks). Interns learn about statistical applications as well. Interns are required to develop a project or research question of their own for a formal school report - often these reports lead to conference presentations or papers. Interns are given access to Dr. Dudzinski's reprint and book library and encouraged to debate topics and hypotheses with other DCP volunteers, interns and research associates when available. Interns may also assist as needed with the development of education programs for secondary schools and the general public as well as presentation materials for dissemination of results through DCP via classes or the Internet.

As a general rule, academic-year internships will see the intern in the office for ~15 - 20 hours per week. Office internships positions are UNPAID.

Fieldwork Internships - description

Each summer, DCP fills an average of 2 internships with both office and field components. Fieldwork Interns spend 6-8 weeks learning and assisting with data analysis and other responsibilities at our Connecticut office (see Office Internship description for task details). Interns will then spend 3-4 weeks assisting DCP researcher Kelly Melillo Sweeting at our Bimini field site, studying Atlantic spotted and bottlenose dolphins and completing necessary data related tasks.

Interns spend about 30-40 hours per week during field work internships. Fieldwork internship positions are UNPAID, require a fee ($1,000) to cover field expenses (room & board) and do not include costs for any airfare (to/from CT or Bimini, to/from your home town and CT or Bimini) or lodging during the office component.

Fieldwork internships are limited on average to two spaces per summer at the Bimini field site, and the application process is therefore highly competitive.

Lodging & Logistics

All intern positions with DCP are UNPAID. At this time, we cannot offer lodging to interns. Once an intern is confirmed for a particular semester, we will do our best to assist that intern with finding contact information for local property managers and college housing offices; however the responsibility ultimately lies with the applicant to find and secure lodging during their internship. We strongly encourage incoming interns to search for lodging over the Internet BEFORE committing to the internship with DCP. Because DCP's office is located in a relatively small town, finding affordable short-term housing can be challenging. Interns are also responsible for their own transportation between their accommodations and DCP. All interns should be advised that there is little to no public transportation in the area. For this reason, many of our interns live within a 50 mile radius.

School Credit

Many universities offer course credit for internships. Credit for internships must be arranged by each intern individually and independently with their school. Please contact your college's Intern Program Coordinator or your advisor for information on arranging credit. DCP can provide documentation of a completed internship once the intern has finished the program.

APPLICATIONS FOR WINTER/SPRING 2015! - Deadline: coming soon ... check back in September 2014

Please review our website carefully if you’d like to apply next year. But really, read carefully before submitting your application. We really applicants who follow instructions!

Head here for the full low-down:

How To Apply

Sorry, no more snail mail accepted.

To apply for one of DCPs internship spaces, download the internship application form as a PDF. Applications are only accepted via email and should be sent to info(at) with the applicant name as part of the file name on each attached document. Please clearly state which position(s) you are applying for. All applicants will be notified regarding their position status within 3 weeks of the closing date of the application deadline.

The application is available at


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