The purpose of the Senior Project Internship is to provide an opportunity for High School students who are looking to perform their field work requirement at the Aquarium of the Pacific. This opportunity is only offered to current seniors looking to fulfill 35+ hours of field work.
A successful intern will gain experience in conducting research, helping to collect data and analyze results on topics that align with the Aquariums mission. Additionally, they will receive regular formal and informal feedback about their progress through the internship.
Student researchers will learn how to collect, record and analyze data, in order to provide insight on the Aquarium’s Rainbow Lorikeets activity levels. This information will then be provided to our Aviculturist staff. Students will also participate in 3 workshops to further enhance their learning. The workshop topics may include topics such as: animal information training, the nature of Science and data analysis techniques.
Senior Project Intern - Lorikeet Researcher’s Responsibilities Include:
- Delivering high quality customer service
- Initiating conversations with guest and involving them in research
- Learning about Lorikeet behavior and natural history
- Collecting data using animal ethograms (activity worksheet)
- Recording data
- Providing an evaluation report of findings for Aquarium’s Aviculture staff
Knowledge and Skills Required:
- Effective communication skills
- PC knowledge
- Interest in biology
- Strong math skills
Internship session shifts are from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturdays or Sundays, depending on the shift assignment and attendance is mandatory for each listed shift. In addition to these dates participants may be asked to come in for mandatory orientation class held on October 18th.
- Week 1 October 18th (Orientation)
- Week 2 November 1st (Intro to Lorikeets)
- Week 3 November 8th or 9th (Depending on shift assignment)
- Week 4 November 15th (Nature of Science Workshop)
- Week 5 November 22nd or 23rd
- Week 6 December 6th or 7th (Data Analysis Workshop)
- Week 7 December 13th or 14th
Applications will be accepted starting September 1, 2014.
Please see the schedule portion of the position descriptions located above. You must be available for all the dates listed.
- Fall session starts in October and ends in December 2014
- Spring session starts in March and ends in May 2015