Ocean Internship: MSU Marine Fisheries Ecology Program 2023 Internship

The Mississippi State University Marine Fisheries Ecology Program is seeking applicants for an internship position working under the direction of Dr. Marcus Drymon and Extension Associates at the Coastal Research and Extension Center (CREC) in Biloxi, MS.

This paid internship begins March 15th and ends October 13th.

The roles of the intern will fall into three categories: field, laboratory, and outreach/education. The first category involves assisting with shark bottom longline surveys throughout the northern Gulf of Mexico. Specifically, the intern will be responsible for preparing gear, performing shark and fish dissections, collecting samples, and recording and entering data. The second category involves completing various laboratory processing tasks using samples collected during the bottom longline surveys. The third category involves helping with outreach and education events and developing materials to use at these events. Travel for field work and outreach events may be necessary.


  • At least 18 years of age
  • B.S. or B.A. in biological sciences (Note: must be graduated by the start of this internship)
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Minimum of a 7-month commitment
  • Willingness to work on a flexible schedule, which may include weekends, evenings, and holidays
  • Willingness and capacity to spend long days on a boat, potentially in extreme weather conditions, including rough seas
  • Ability to handle heavy physical work: heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects up to or heavier than 50 pounds

Desired Skills:

  • Organized and able to work independently
  • Skilled with computer programs, including Microsoft Office, QGIS, Photoshop, etc.
  • Comfortable speaking with strangers, particularly in an education setting
  • Experience on boats
  • Experience handling fish, collecting samples and data, and conducting field surveys (e.g., trawl, gillnet, quadrat, etc.)

Application deadline is 11:59 PM on January 1, 2023.

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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