Fish and Wildlife Health Internship

The Fish and Wildlife Health intern will assist research staff in St. Petersburg.

The FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute's Fish and Wildlife Health subsection is seeking detail-oriented interns and volunteers to work in St. Petersburg during the fall, spring or summer semesters. The mission of the Fish and Wildlife Health subsection is to monitor the health of Florida’s sport fish and develop species-specific health profiles for recreationally important fishes of Florida; respond to recreational angler concerns and respond to fish kills or disease events; provide technical guidance and support for fish health in state stock enhancement efforts; and use applied research to support these efforts. The intern will assist in research projects as needed to fulfill these project goals. Though tasks may vary, the primary role will be assisting with processing tissues for transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Fish and Wildlife Health staff will train the intern in biosafety and TEM protocols.

In addition to the above duties, interns are encouraged to develop an independent research project. Interns are also required to submit a final report and present a 15- to 20-minute seminar on the work accomplished during their internship. College credit is possible, and candidates seeking college credit are preferred. Check with your department advisor at your home institution.


  • Ability to collect data in a detail-oriented manner
  • Ability to work independently and in a group setting
  • Fish identification experience
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Experience in histological techniques
  • Experience using microscopes
  • Experience conducting necropsies

Preference will be given to applicants seeking an undergraduate or advanced degree (or recent graduates) in the following (or related) scientific disciplines: Fish Health, Marine Science, Biology, Microbiology, and Parasitology. Candidates with working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) are also desired. Prior laboratory experience is preferred but not required.

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