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Internship Group 1

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"Internship Group 1" a team to help the DEBRIS FREE Ocean Conservation Summer Internship and Research Field Course


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This field course is offered in conjunction with one of our amazing non-profit partners, Debris Free Oceans. It is designed to help clean up our oceans, teach marine science skills, and allow students to participate in real, hands-on marine debris research while also directly supporting DFO’s mission.

A wide breadth of topics and ecosystems are covered in the intensive 5-day course. We will visit, conduct research in, and remove marine debris from mangrove, coral reef, beach, and seagrass habitats. Students will learn how these systems interrelate, improve their marine species identification skills, and contribute to numerous ongoing research projects studying the impact of marine debris on our oceans. They will also explore the impact that marine debris has on wildlife species including dolphins, turtles, and sharks.

This course will particularly benefit students interested in developing skills to work in the non-profit sector, or students with an interest in marine debris or sustainability issues. As part of their participation in this course, students are given tool-kits and mentorship by Debris Free Oceans Co-founder and President, Caiti Pomerance, to fundraise, helping reduce what they pay for their participation in the course while increasing awareness of marine debris. To attend the course, each student will raise or donate a minimum of $2,200, with all funds going directly to Debris Free Oceans. The student with the most funds raised will receive special recognition and a prize.

If you want to participate in this unique course, please submit your contact information below and someone from the Debris Free Oceans team will get in touch with you shortly about available opportunities.

Each day of the course will explore and study the impact of marine debris and pollution on different marine habitats and wildlife:

Day 1:
Mangrove habitat
Day 2: Seagrass habitat
Day 3: Coral reef ecology and biology
Day 4: Visit to Turtle Hospital and Wild Bird Center
Day 5: Shark ecology and biology lecture and field research, including hands-on shark tagging

Fundraise $2200 for Debris Free Oceans
Covers all workshops, field research activities, room, board, and transportation once in Miami.

Team Captain

Michael Calvar Michael Calvar