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Marine Science Internships

Capstone Experience

Students in the marine science program at Kutztown University are required to carry out undergraduate research under the supervision of a faculty advisor or to participate in a discipline-related internship.

KU students have undertaken internships with diverse organizations, including: New York Aquarium, Adventure Aquarium (Camden, NJ), MERR Institute, MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education), NOAA, Mote Marine Lab, National Aquarium in Baltimore, Limestone Springs Preserve, Institute of Marine Mammal Studies (Gulf Port, MS), Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, VA Dept of Game & Inland Fisheries (Forest, VA), Lehigh Valley Zoo, Edenton National Fish Hatchery.

Maggie Rushmore tagging sharkMaggie Rushmore: Whale sharks of the Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
I did an internship at the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Perth, Western Australia.  I assisted in the mark-recapture study that they are performing on the whale shark population found at Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia.  My duties consisted of assisting with field work and then analyzing the data that was collected from the trip as well as previous trip years.
 (Image at left: Maggie Rushmore gently tagging a whale shark.)

Melissa Bernhard: Sea Turtle Conservation and Research in FloridaMelissa Bernhard examining sea turtle chamber
I spent my summer as an intern with the Mote Marine Laboratory Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program in Florida. We were in charge of patrolling the beaches for sea turtle nesting activities. For the first part of the summer, we would identify, verify, and mark of new nests. Once the nests began hatching, hatched nests were excavated and their contents (number of eggs: hatched, unhatched, damaged, etc.) recorded. It was a fantastic experience; I learned a lot and met a lot of great people!
(Image at right: Melissa Bernhard examining a sea turtle chamber.)