Fellowships for College Students

The Aquarium offers fellowship opportunities in marine science, animal care, exhibits and education to college or post-graduate students. These fellowships include a stipend to help offset personal and incidental expenses. Batten Fellowships fund students to complete work in specific projects and programs.


Research & Conservation Division

Sea Turtle and Marine Mammal Stranding Response and Research & Conservation
Application Deadlines: Winter/Spring – December 31, 2014 • Spring/Summer – February 2, 2015

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center’s Research & Conservation Division is offering Fellowship positions with the Stranding Response Program (VAQS) during the winter/spring (February-May) and busy spring/summer (May-September) seasons. Qualified students can compete for one of three Batten Fellowship positions which include a stipend to help offset personal and incidental expenses (one spring and two summer fellowships). These positions are approximately three months long. Batten Fellows are expected to bring a higher level of dedication and scientific interest to the program and will be integrated more fully into staff activities. Successful candidates will be required to complete a final report on their Fellowship work which will be submitted to the Aquarium’s Batten Fellowship Endowment Committee. Those not accepted for a Batten Fellowship may still compete for a general internship. General internship positions do not offer a stipend.

Applicants for Batten Fellowships with the Virginia Aquarium’s Research & Conservation Division must:

  •  Be 18 years of age or older
  •  Be a rising senior, recent graduate or pursuing a post-graduate degree in a science-based program
  •  Demonstrate interest in a career in marine or veterinary science
  •  Have basic math and computer skills using MS spreadsheets, databases and data entry (advanced programs such as SQL, GIS, R, etc. preferred)
  •  Have a valid U.S. driver’s license and good driving record
  •  Be able to swim and be comfortable in and around open water and boats
  •  Be self-motivated and able to perform activities both as part of a team as well as independently
  •  Be able to lift and carry 25 pounds and assist with lifting and moving larger loads
  •  Be able to hike up to 5 miles on beaches carrying gear
  •  Be physically and mentally fit: you will be expected to handle field activities, extreme weather, constantly changing environmental conditions, extended periods of intense activities, dead and decomposing animals (both during response and necropsy), prolonged periods of travel, insects, team activities, individual activities, sick and injured animals, etc.
  •  Be available to perform support activities (24-7) as needed during the period of appointment (e.g. May 15, 2015 through August 15, 2015)

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