Students who want to help protect turtle nests, survey coral reefs and find out more about and help with environmental issues on Grand Cayman may have an opportunity to do so this summer.

The Department of Environment is offering summer internships for students ages 15 and over who live in Grand Cayman and are interested in gaining experience in marine science, terrestrial ecology, sustainable development and related fields.

The application deadline is Thursday, March 30, and internships will be offered in July and August, according to a press release from the DoE.

The internships are unpaid volunteer positions and cover a variety of activities in the department, including field work, office work such as data entry, laboratory work and administration.

Internships for high school students are one week long in order to accommodate the number of students who apply each year, the DoE said in the release.

Last year, 27 high school and university students interned with the department.

“We look forward to working with high school and university students every summer,” said DoE Research Officer Bradley Johnson. “DoE internships are an excellent way for students to learn about careers in science and with DoE. We aim to involve students in a broad range of projects so that they can gain an understanding of the work we do.”

DoE Research Officer Janice Blumenthal said, “Depending on research schedules, students might help DoE researchers survey coral reefs or protect turtle nests, join conservation officers on marine or terrestrial patrols, test water samples in the lab, enter and analyze data, or assist with writing educational materials.”

For more information, email [email protected]

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