Fisheries Research Internship

College students and recent graduates with a focus in marine science or a related field may apply for this internship with the Fisheries-Independent Monitoring program in Apalachicola.

The intern will assist research staff in a pilot study, collecting data on the abundance and distribution of free-swimming organisms known as estuarine nekton. Researchers will use a 600-foot haul seine, a 70-foot center bag seine, and a 20-foot otter trawl from 24-foot mullet skiffs in the Apalachicola Bay area.  The intern also will assist in the field identification, enumeration, and measurement of fisheries species and selected macroinvertebrates. The intern may assist with extraction of otolith ("earbone") and tissue samples from selected species, as well as data entry and analysis.

At the conclusion of the internship, the intern will be required to write a paper and create a presentation (poster or PowerPoint) on one of these topics:

  • an open-ended population study of significant sport fish species in Apalachicola Bay,
  • a catch summary of the St. Joseph Bay pilot study,
  • a study on trait variation in pipefish,
  • a study on condition and life history of poeciliids,
  • a gut content study of bonnethead sharks in different areas of the bay, or
  • an approved topic of the intern's choosing.

College credit may be possible; check with your home institution.


You may qualify if you are

  • a current student who has successfully completed introductory biology coursework;
  • working toward a bachelor's degree (or a recent college graduate) in biology, ecology, marine science, environmental science, natural resource management, or a similar field;
  • interested in fisheries and comfortable aboard boats less than 26 feet long;
  • willing to work long, strenuous hours outdoors in adverse weather conditions;
  • experienced in fish identification and fisheries collection methods (preferred but not required);
  • able to collect, summarize, and analyze fisheries and environmental data;
  • able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing;
  • able to lift at least 50 pounds; and
  • holder of a valid U.S. Class E driver's license.

If you are interested in applying for an internship with the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, the following information is required:

  • A cover letter describing area(s) of interest and the dates, days, and hours of availability.
  • A résumé describing training and experience.
  • An unofficial copy of your academic transcript.
  • Contact information for three references.
  • Letters from the academic faculty sponsor and home institution if college credit is applicable.

Please submit them as an e-mail attachment to:

Or hard copies can be mailed to:
Internship Coordinator
FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
100 Eighth Avenue SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5020

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