How we are


 All day, every day Monday through Friday we

 are out on boats catching and handling live  animals. Spend a week or more with us and 100% of your time is hands on and in the field!

 You will be allowed to tag, collect data and  handle both sharks and rays as they are  brought on the boat. 

 This is not a "stand over there and watch" type  of experience. You are personally involved in all  phases of the days activties. 

​ Most other internship opportunities available to  college students offer very little hands-on or  field work experience.  In most other  programs you will spend most of your time in a  lab, doing food preparation (at a zoo  or aquarium), or doing other grunt work.

 While lab work is very important and essential in  conducting scientific research we believe to fully   understand an organsim or an   ecosystem you  must spend time with it in its  natural  environment.

 Also, unlike some internship and research  opportunities, with CMERA no previous  experience is necessary. You may participate in  as many weeks as you would like (there are  incentives for attending multiple weeks listed on  the summer program page).



We at CMERA believe that there are numerous benefits to field experience and interactive learning. 


  • Longer retention of information

  • Immediate feedback on questions

  • Valuable job preparation skills 

  • First hand observation and interaction with marine life

Our Purpose

To provide hands-on field research opportunities to college students or anyone interested in the natural sciences while conducting research to further the understanding of shark and ray ecology.

Shark species we have tagged in this area are; bull sharks, tiger sharks, nurse sharks, great hammerheads, bonnetheads, atlantic sharpnose, blacktip, and blacknose sharks. Ray species tagged have included spotted eagle rays, bluntnose, southern, atlantic, butterfly, roughtail and cownose rays.


Your Opportunity

Gain valuable field research experience while learning how to properly handle marine animals, identify local species, collect data, and design a research project. Learn about our local, unique, coastal ecosystems.  Gain hands-on experience with animals, while learning about their anatomy and ecology, such as sharks, Stingrays, crabs, starfish, and other fishes and observe sea turtles, dolphins, manatees, and other animals in their natural habitat.  

This is an excellent shark research internship opportunity for all students interested in the natural sciences, students planning to attend graduate school in the natural sciences, and students planning to pursue a career in the natural sciences.  This kind of research experience will put you ahead of your classmates and other potential employees. The skills you will acquire will be invaluable when you are conducting your own research as a graduate student, and this experience may give you ideas for what you would like to study in graduate school. For those of you that would like to go directly into a career in the natural sciences, this experience will look fantastic on your resume and could be the difference in getting the job or not. Most importantly, no matter what your plans are after graduation, this is FUN!!!


Credit Hours

The majority of students are able to receive credit through their college or university.

Although CMERA does not directly provide credit hours toward your degree we will assist you by providing any documentation your school may need to grant credit for your time with us. Students are advised to discuss receiving credit with your school advisor.  Most institutions offer hours listed as independent research or directed study for this kind of summer opportunity.  They may also require you to attend a certain number of weeks in order to be eligible for credit. We will provide you a letter of completion or other confirmation that may be required by your school.