The Marine Environmental Research Institute is recruiting to fill marine internship positions for the spring-summer of 2010. MERI offers hands-on training for college students and recent graduates interested in marine mammal toxicology, environmental sciences, veterinary sciences, public health, coastal ecosystem monitoring, environmental journalism/science translation, and environmental education.

Marine research internships, which run from April through October, provide an excellent training opportunity for individuals interested in ecotoxicology, marine mammal sciences, veterinary sciences, and environmental health. This internship is focused on MERI’s long-term Seals as Sentinels research project, a region-wide ecotoxicological investigation of the health impacts of environmental pollutants on northwestern Atlantic pinnipeds. Marine Research Interns learn research techniques in the field and laboratory, and assist with marine mammal stranding response.

Coastal monitoring internships run from April through October, and offer field and laboratory training for individuals interested in water quality and ecosystem monitoring. This internship is part of MERI’s Blue Hill Bay Coastal Monitoring Project, a comprehensive monitoring effort to assess the health of one of Maine’s coastal watersheds. Coastal monitoring interns will gain experience in measuring multiple parameters including water quality, bacteria, red tide and invasive marine species.

Marine education internships run from late June through August, and offer an excellent opportunity to gain practical experience for individuals interested in marine science and environmental education. Marine education interns assist with weekly children’s programming, junior intern training and public education/outreach focused on MERI’s marine mammal research and coastal monitoring programs.

Communication internships (flexible, six months minimum) offer students interested in ocean issues an opportunity to apply writing and graphics skills to articulate MERI’s research and monitoring discoveries to the public. Communication interns assist with MERI’s outreach and development efforts through the MERI Web site, press articles, PowerPoint presentations, fact sheets and other communications vehicles.

For complete internship descriptions and application details, visit meriresearch.org.

The Marine Environmental Research Institute, located in Blue Hill, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the marine environment and human health through scientific research and education. The public is welcome to visit the MERI Center’s Ocean Aquarium, Sea Lending Library, Eco-Store and Ocean Art Gallery. For information about MERI call 374.2135, e-mail info@meriresearch.org or visit MERI online at meriresearch.org.