Internships and Volunteers
FWRI offers both internship and limited volunteer opportunities.
Read about internship opportunities with the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.
Do you have questions about FWRI's internship program? Find the answers here.
Internship Criteria and Protocols
Detailed procedures and criteria for internship applicants and mentors.
Applying for an Internship
Application materials can be submitted by mail or electronically.
This program provides paid internship opportunities to enable a diverse body of students to consider careers in fisheries or wildlife science. The program is open to all recent high school graduates or new college students (years 1-2) of all genders from all backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. Women and students from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups are encouraged to apply. Visit page to see various opportunities (not listed below).
Climate Adaptation Internship
This program is looking for interns to assist with developing robust science, effective communication, enhanced capacity and thoughtful planning to implement adaptation solutions.
Coastal Wetlands Research Internship
This program is looking for interns to assist with laboratory tasks, field research projects, and the development of outreach materials.
Fisheries Independent Monitoring Intern or Volunteer - Eastpoint
The interns or volunteers will assist with general field and laboratory duties in the program's Eastpoint field lab.
Fisheries Independent Monitoring Intern or Volunteer - Video
The interns or volunteers will assist with underwater video processing in the FIM program's St. Petersburg/Tampa Bay field lab.
Fish and Wildlife Health
The intern or volunteer will be assisting with routine laboratory duties and occasional field work.
Fish and Wildlife Health: Microbiology
The intern or volunteer will be assisting with general microbiology laboratory duties at the St. Petersburg headquarters.
Florida Biodiversity Collection Intern or Volunteer
Primary responsibilities are: assisting with various collection tasks related to maintaining biological specimens and attendant data according to museum protocols, taxonomic identifications, and support of ongoing projects by FWRI scientists.
The Marine Mammal Subsection offers a variety of manatee internships including positions that work on photo identification and GIS projects in St. Petersburg, as well as positions that assist field stations with manatee rescue, carcass salvage, and research in other areas around the state.
Red Tide Offshore Monitoring Program
Learn about the program and how to become a volunteer, collecting water samples around the state to help scientists monitor the Florida red tide.
Sea Turtle Migration Research - Laboratory
Learn about this opportunity to assist with sea turtle research in the laboratory.
Sea Turtle Nesting Research
Learn about this opportunity to assist with sea turtle nesting research in the field.
Seagrass Habitat Program
FWRI's Seagrass Habitat Program is seeking detail-oriented interns and volunteers to assist with seeking learning-oriented interns and volunteers to assist with general laboratory duties, field research projects, and the development of outreach materials, at its St. Petersburg headquarters.