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Fish and Wildlife Health Internship: Microbiology

The FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute's (FWRI) Fish and Wildlife Health Group is seeking an intern or volunteer to assist with general microbiology laboratory duties at the St. Petersburg headquarters.

Successful candidates will be task-oriented individuals that can work independently and as part of a team. Primary responsibilities will entail assisting with various laboratory tasks, including:

  • Inoculation and cultivation of bacterial cultures using basic aseptic technique
  • Making bacterial media
  • Assisting with field work - sampling fish, water, and sediments
  • Processing samples, including necropsy and water filtration
  • Assisting with Kirby-Bauer antibiotic testing
  • Analysis of antibiotic tests and data entry

If the internship option is selected for college credit, interns will be required to submit a final report and present a 15-20-minute seminar at the end of their internship. Check with your department advisor at your home institution for requirements.

Minimum qualifications:

  • a current student, in your junior or senior year in the field in biology, environmental science, or marine science.
  • able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing;
  • Prior microbiology laboratory experience is preferred but not required
  • This volunteer/internship opportunity requires a minimum three-month commitment. Starting and ending dates are flexible.

If you are interested in applying for an internship or volunteer position with the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, the following information is required:

  • A cover letter describing area(s) of interest and the dates, days, and hours of availability
  • A résumé describing your relevant training and experience
  • A list of three references
  • Current academic transcripts (unofficial are sufficient) 

Please send these items as e-mail attachments to:

Or mail hard copies to:

Internship Coordinator
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
100 Eighth Avenue SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5020