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
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.
This is an excellent 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!!!
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.