Despite the February chill, the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center in Walpole is gearing up for a busy summer field season. Applications are now being accepted from undergraduate students for positions posted online at dmc.umaine.edu.
Each summer, undergraduate students at the marine center conduct basic and applied marine research in, on, under, and beside the waters of the Damariscotta River estuary and the Gulf of Maine, as well as in flowing seawater laboratories on-site at the Darling Marine Center. In recent years, students have studied deep sea corals and lobsters, they have grown oysters and scallops, and they have monitored the coastal waters and ecosystems in partnership with community collaborators.
This summer’s internships run for 10-14 weeks and offer competitive stipends and housing at the Darling Marine Center. Students enrolled in colleges and universities across Maine and around the world are welcome to apply. There are opportunities in the fields of marine biology, microbial ecology, and oceanography, as well as fisheries and conservation science, aquaculture, engineering, and science communication. Application deadlines range from late February to early March.
Summer interns at the Darling Marine Center gain experience in all aspects of scientific research and hone their laboratory and field skills. Depending on the project, interns may also acquire boating skills or become certified as a scientific diver. Students develop engagement and communication skills and represent the marine center at community festivals and events throughout the summer. Many present their research at the August SEA Fellows Symposium, which highlights university-industry collaborations that benefit Maine’s marine economy and coastal communities.
Founded in 1965, the Darling Marine Center’s mission is to connect people to the ocean. Darling Marine Center researchers, staff, and students work alongside fishermen, aquaculture entrepreneurs, marine industry professionals, and other members of the community in Maine and around the world. More information is available at dmc.umaine.edu.