Research Internships

Shoals Marine Laboratory's Research Internships are specifically designed for undergraduate college students over the summer break. Research interns work directly with faculty mentors and SML scientists to conduct research experiments and projects, combining new areas of discovery with ongoing, long-term monitoring. Internships provide invaluable experience and help develop skills that will increase your marketability when it's time to apply to graduate school or pursue your career aspirations.

SML provides room & board, stipend, and roundtrip boat transportation to and from Appledore Island for all research interns, unless otherwise specified. Internships vary from 2-10 weeks in length, and cover a wide variety of disciplines from biological research, to science education, to sustainable engineering. SML's research internship program evolves each year (some internships are contingent upon funding or the availability of specific mentors). Please use the buttons below to learn more about each research internship offered this summer.


To apply:

The 2020 application is not yet available. Please check back at the end of November for further details.

  • Please see individual internship pages for specific application instructions.
  • Applicants should be prepared to upload (as separate files): cover letter, resume/CV, and unofficial transcripts.
  • Applicants should request two letters of recommendation.
  • Undergraduates in all majors, including graduating seniors, may apply.
  • Priority is given to students who have previous SML experience.

Email Dr. David Buck

Click on this button to learn more about the Aquatic Ecology Internship
Click on this button to learn more about the Marine Mammal Internship
Click on this button for more information about the Seabirds and Plastic Pollution Internship
Click on this button to learn more about the Sustainable Engineering Internship
Click on this button to learn more about the Intertidal Ecology Internship
Click on this button to learn more about the Parasite Ecology Internship
Click this button to go to the Sustainability Communications Internship page
Click on this button to learn more about the Gull Population Biology Internship

Intern Manual

All SML Research Interns must read and familiarize themselves with the Research Intern Manual:


Research Apprenticeship

Interested in internships, but feel as though you need some more experience? The Shoals Research Apprenticeship is a two-part, four-week program aimed at providing you with the opportunity to learn the ins & outs of independent biological field research. This program prepares you to be a competitive applicant for internships and other research opportunities, like NSF REU programs, which often seek students who have previous research experience. Build your resume/CV this summer! Make this the summer you become a scientist!