The Fisheries Oceanography and Ecology Lab (University of Southern Mississippi) invites applications for an Undergraduate Summer Internship. The successful candidate will work on a project funded by the NOAA RESTORE Science Program to examine the ecology and nursery habitat function of holopelagic Sargassum in the northern Gulf of Mexico.
This position will be based out of the Gulf Coast Research Lab (GCRL) in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, where the intern will have the opportunity to gain hands-on field and lab training in research related to fisheries oceanography, marine biology, and trophic ecology. The intern will also participate on a 9-day research cruise in the Gulf of Mexico aboard the R/V Point Sur.
The internship will be 8-10 weeks in duration, depending on the student's availability. The anticipated start date is May 20, 2019. The salary is $400/week (before taxes). Housing is available on the GCRL campus and will be provided, if needed.
Eligible applicants include students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited U.S. institution of higher education, or students who will have recently graduated from such programs (within one year at the time of the internship). Students need a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a strong interest in marine science, fisheries biology, or similar disciplines. Applicants must be willing and able to participate on a 9-day research cruise in the Gulf of Mexico; at the lab, applicants must be able to work full-time (40 hours per week) for the duration of the internship. In addition, applicants must be at least 18 years old, and eligibility is conditional on a USM background check. Possession of a valid driver's license is preferred, but not required. First generation college students, students from Minority Serving Institutions, and students whose home institutions have limited research opportunities are particularly encouraged to apply.
Application materials include: 1) a cover letter stating your interest in the position; 2) a CV, which includes contact information for three references; and 3) a copy of your academic transcript (unofficial copies are acceptable).
Application materials should be submitted online through the USM Human Resources website (RegID# 556):
For direct inquiries about the position, please contact Dr. Frank Hernandez email@example.com.