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Student, volunteer, and internship opportunities:

The Molecular Ecology Laboratory often has opportunities for student volunteers to gain genetics laboratory experience, and for internships, masters and PhD students. Please contact our Lab Manager for more information.

Interns and volunteers:

Internship and volunteer opportunities are available on an “as needed” basis.  We consider volunteers and interns who can dedicate a minimum of 10 hours a week for at least 3 consecutive months. All volunteers and interns, regardless of prior experience, are expected to perform laboratory support functions (stocking supplies, washing dishes, assisting staff scientists and the tissue archivist, etc.), and will receive training in basic genetics protocols such as DNA extraction and PCR. We believe these basic skills form an important basis for understanding what laboratory work requires before moving on to more specific laboratory methods. Internships are typically unpaid, but there are sometimes opportunities for paid internships through NOAA (Hollings Scholar summer internships) and work-study programs.

Masters and PhD students:

There are 3 major universities in San Diego, providing many opportunities for masters and PhD programs. Several SWFSC scientists are adjunct faculty at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, and other Universities. We typically have 2-5 students in the Marine Mammal and Turtle Division at any time, and encourage prospective students to contact individual marine mammal or marine turtle researchers. 

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