BRI offers internships to students and educators. These internships take a variety of forms and may occur throughout the year. The mission of our intern program is to introduce interns to the three key functional components of BRI’s mission - research, collaboration, and outreach. Our internships are offered in the spirit of mentorship, education, and investigation. The nature of our research and outreach efforts demands highly capable individuals who can contribute to BRI’s mission.
Expectations of Interns
One goal of our intern program is for each intern to be the lead contributor to a research or outreach project alongside the opportunity to observe and participate in other ongoing projects. We hope for the intern to participate in an exit presentation and interview and possibly make a public presentation about the project that they contributed to or spearheaded.
In addition, on completion of the internship we ask interns to complete a survey about their experience working with us so that we might continue to offer top-level experiences for tomorrow’s wildlife scientists and problem solvers.
What can we offer to interns (room and board, stipend, course credit)
This question is usually the first question that we receive from prospective interns and the answer varies. Depending on funding availability we may be able to offer housing and/or a stipend to interns based on mutually agreed terms and commitments. If this is the case it will be made clear in the internship announcement.
For College Students: Generally, we can coordinate with your academic institution and department to offer internships that fulfill departmental requirements for internship fulfillment or credit hours. These internships are usually about three months for a set number of hours per week.
For Educators: We conduct wildlife research throughout North America and in the neotropics. We can offer informative and unique experiences for educators interested in bringing the rationale, methods, and results of science into their classrooms and communities.
For High School Students: We have many requests to host high school level interns. Indeed, for the right person/student anything is possible yet we have limited time to devote to managing and guiding interns.
Recent BRI Interns
- Garrison Beck, Colby College - Peregrine Falcon Biology and Conservation in Maine
- Emma Agnes, Mt. Holyoake -Science Journalist, Marine Wind Initiative, Spotlight on Ecoscience 2012
- Ellen Agnew, Skidmore College - Science Journalist: Marine Wind Initiative, Spotlight on Ecoscience 2012
- Katie Caron, University of New England – Education and Outreach support, MAPS Banding, River Point Conservation Area
- Reed Wommack, Yarmouth High School/Dartmouth College –MAPS Banding and Osprey nest surveys
- Alison Feibel, University of Chicago - Mercury database management