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Chicago Zoological Society

The Mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by engaging people and communities with wildlife and nature.

Sarasota Dolphin Research Program Internships

The Chicago Zoological Society’s Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (SDRP), based at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida, conducts the world’s longest-running study of a dolphin population. The program’s primary goal is to contribute to a better understanding of the structure and dynamics of populations of small cetaceans, as well as the natural and anthropogenic factors that impact them. The SDRP uses an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach in conducting studies of bottlenose dolphins within Sarasota Bay, Tampa Bay, Charlotte Harbor, Naples/Marco Island, and the Gulf of Mexico coastal waters. For more information about the SDRP, please visit  Internships with SDRP are offered at three different times per year:

- Winter Term: January - April, applications due October 1, 2022
- Summer Term: May - August, applications due February 11, 2023
- Fall Term: September - December, applications due June 1, 2023

All internships must be a minimum of 10 weeks of participation, but ideally will run for 12-16 weeks. Please note that we typically only seek 2-4 interns for each session and that we receive many more applications than we have openings – the selection process is very competitive. Interns should expect to spend about 20% of their time in the field, and about 80% of their time in the lab working with data, or performing equipment maintenance. There is no financial compensation for these internship positions, and successful applicants will be responsible for their own living and transportation expenses. Shared housing opportunities near Mote Marine Laboratory may be available. 

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This program takes place at Mote Marine Lab in Sarasota, Florida.



How to Apply

Interested candidates should learn more and apply at

Chicago Zoological Society
3300 Golf Rd.
Brookfield, IL 60513
Phone: 7086888361

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