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Dolphin Research Internship Program

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What is the Dolphin Research Internship Program?

The program offers qualified individuals from all over the world semester- long internships in dolphin research and education at our facility.

Please note, that due to temporary new priorities, the Dolphin Research Internship program is suspended effective February 1, 2004.

Resumption of the program will be announced on our webpage.

Interns are an integral part of our staff and work with senior researchers and graduate students. Through a carefully designed apprenticeship training program, interns work directly with the dolphins and researchers to learn effective dolphin teaching techniques and research skills. Interns also gain valuable experience by helping to orient our one-, two-, and four-week Dolphin Institute volunteers.
The internship begins as a full-time volunteer position. You participate Monday through Friday and on alternate Saturdays until all initial training has been accomplished (usually approximately half the semester). During the latter part of the semester, interns' required time commitment is reduced to approximately 3/4 time.* This will allow interns to obtain outside employment if necessary. Interns must provide their own transportation, living accomodations, and daily expenses. After final selection of an intern group is made, interns are provided contact information of other interns in their group so that they may be in contact and coordinate living arrangements if desired. The length of this program will offer interns additional opportunities to advance their skills in a variety of areas, including research, education, and training.

*We reserve the right to change this allowance should circumstances at the lab change.

What Benefits Do Interns Get From the Program?

Interns participate in all aspects of the program, including:

  • exploring dolphin perception, intelligence, and communication
  • assisting with dolphin husbandry and care
  • helping the staff to operate the research laboratory
  • acquiring hands-on experience in dolphin research, training, and husbandry
  • receiving an education in dolphin and whale behavior and natural history
  • working with other interns, students, staff, and volunteers under the supervision of Louis Herman, Ph.D. and Adam Pack, Ph.D.

Who Is Eligible For An Internship?

Applicants must have at least two years of college experience.

How Do I Get Academic Credit?

Interns currently enrolled in an academic program can make arrangements with their own university or college for credit for the semester.
Alternatively, course credit can be obtained by registering at the University of Hawaii, if arranged in advance. In the latter case, out-of state tuition fees will be assessed by the university.

How Much Does This Internship Cost?

There is no charge for this internship. However, interns provide their own living expenses and transportation.

How Do I Apply?

Please submit the following:

  • Completed Application Form. Please fill out the form, download a PDF version of it here, or request it by email at, calling (808) 593-2211, or writing to the address below.
  • transcripts of all college courses taken
  • three letters of recommendation (preferably from college instructors who know you personally)
  • your resume or answers to Questions 1-6 on application form.
  • a statement of purpose written by you, describing your background, skills, and what you expect to contribute to and gain from the internship. Also demonstrate your familiarity with the type of research conducted at KBMML
  • There is no application fee

Send information to:

Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory
Attn: Internship Program
1129 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96814 USA

What Is the Application Deadline?

Semester Period of Internship* Application Deadline**
Spring Early January through July August 15
Fall Early July through January February 15

*Specific starting and ending dates TBA each semester. Arrangements for alternate starting and ending dates may be made if there are conflicts with school schedules.
**Approximate Notification dates for applications are 6-8 weeks. Early submission will not result in early notification. after the Application Deadlines.

Where to Get More Information

Please browse through the web page; most information is likely to be here. Any hardcopy material we can mail to you is an exact replica of what is here on this page.

or email our Internship Coordinators with a subject header "internships" at: E-mail is the best way to get in touch with us, given the time difference.

Or call (808) 593-2211 between 9AM and 6PM Hawaii Standard Time (Please Note Hawaii Standard Time is 2 hours before PST and 5 hours before EST; or if during Daylight Savings: 3 hours before PST and 6 hours before EST) In other words, if it is 3pm East Coast time (12pm on the West Coast), it is only 9AM here.

Or write to:

Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory
Attn: Internship Program
1129 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu HI 96814 USA

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