At the Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center we offer a very unique internship opportunity that can be personalized for each individual intern. Our interns join our naturalists and captains on whale and dolphin watching trips collecting data through out our season that runs from March-November (Schedules are also personalized to work around outside employment, classes, etc).

Intern tasks include:

  • Photographing marine mammals on whale and dolphin watching trips
  • GPS/Data collection and processing
  • Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin fin matching and analyzing
  • Leading a touch tank, whale baleen and marine debris demonstration
  • Maintenance of collected local species tanks
  • Educating passengers
  • Contributing to our research blog and creating an independent project

For specific questions, email Tracie Cicchitti (tracie.cicchitti@capemaywhalewatch.com) and Melissa Laurino (MellsLaurino@Gmail.com).

To submit an application, visit: https://capemaywhalewatch.com/opportunities.php

Christian Karvounis – 2015 Season Intern – Biological Science, Rowan University ’16 – 
“My experience with Cape May Whale Watch and Research Center helped jump start my career in the environmental field, where I’m currently working as a Regulatory Biologist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This internship allowed me to gain fundamental experience in conducting field surveys, maintaining data, and environmental education, while also being a unique addition to my resume.”

Emily Duggan – 2015 Season Intern – Environmental Studies, Gettysburg College ’16 – “Working closely with mentors in my field helped me to gain a better understanding of how human activity affects marine ecosystems, as well as network and engage in discussion about current policies and events that play a major role in the health of our ocean and shoreline.”

Gianna Severini – 2017 Season Intern – Marine Science, Stockton University ’20 –
“My experience with the Cape May Whale Watch and Research Center helped me to gain a better understanding and appreciation for photo identification, and helped me to realize how important photo identification is to marine biologists.”

Alayna Robertson – 2017 Season Intern – Marine Biology, College of Charleston ’21 –
“Interning with Cape May Whale Watch and Research Center opened my eyes to the exciting world of field research. Everyday I learned something new from the incredible people I was surrounded by.”

Alexandra Blanchet – 2017 Season Intern – Marine Biology, Stockton University ’18 – “Interning with Cape May Whale Watch and Research Center helped me gain a better knowledge in marine mammals, and many other of our local sea creatures in their environment.”

Other opportunities include Junior Volunteer and Volunteer programs.