Conducting Outreach at Community Events: Interns increase the public's awareness about marine conservation by representing REEF at community events. Interns set up interactive displays and talk with the public at events such as art shows, fishing tournaments, science nights, boat shows, and more.Conducting REEF Fish Surveys: Each week interns have the opportunity to go diving with a local dive shop and conduct fish surveys. Interns act as REEF ambassadors on the dive boats, encouraging other divers to become REEF members and get involved with our Fish Survey Project.(Photo credit Paul Humann)
Dissecting Lionfish: REEF has lionfish that need to be dissected for various research projects being conducted around the country. Interns learn how to dissect lionfish and help contribute to the data being collected for these projects!Working in the Headquarters Office: A large portion of the internship consists of working in the REEF HQ office. Tasks range from answering phone calls to scientific data entry. There's never a dull day in the office!
Assisting with REEF's Lionfish Derbies: Interns help organize and implement the lionfish derbies that REEF conducts in Key Largo and other South Florida locations. There are a wide array of jobs to do at these events including registering teams, measuring lionfish, filleting lionfish, educating the public, and much more!
Giving Presentations:: Interns have the opportunity to engage with the public by giving presentations on lionfish collection & handling and Fish Identification tools. A great way to build public speaking skills.
Volunteering with the Coral Restoration Foundation: Interns are encouraged to spend time each week volunteering with non-proft, government, education, or environmental organizations. These volunteer projects are a great opportunity for inters to expand their skill sets and network with other professionals in the field.