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  The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center
Internship Program

An internship offers students the opportunity
to work hands on with endangered and threatened sea turtles.


Summer Internships are a minimum of twelve weeks
Housing is provided for the twelve week program
Internships are not
limited to summer.

 
Work at the center includes:

Preparation and distribution of  food

Cleaning tanks

Working with the water system

Involvement in  medical procedures and the administration
of some medications

Introducing  the public to sea turtles and the goals of  the hospital, during afternoon visiting hours.

 
SUMMER INTERNS 2014
2014 INTERNS
Austin Herms, Cara Cook, Abby Johnson, Karina Brocco French, Gracyn Davis, (juniors Nicole Cook & Ilicia Martin), Annmarie Fearing, Jordan Dickinson, Drew Keenan


 
CARA COOK
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 OBERLIN COLLEGE
  SOPHMORE
Major: Biology,  Minor: Dance

My name is Cara Cook and I'm from Woodstock, Georgia. I am a rising sophomore at Oberlin College in Ohio. I plan to major in Biology and minor in Dance. I am thrilled that I have the opportunity to be an intern!
 I love animals and am really excited to work hands on with sea turtles.

GRACYN DAVIS
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA - WILMINGTON
SENIOR
Major: Biology

My name is Gracyn Davis. I am a local girl, I go to UNCW and was lucky enough to volunteer at the Sea Turtle Hospital last year. I will be a senior this fall and would love to end up working at an aquarium or zoo. I love working with animals and have experience with a wide variety of species, prior to transfering to UNCW I recieved my Associates degree in Biology while working at a nature center in Milford Kansas. Even though my family moved a lot with the Army my heart has always been at Topsail.
Any day with the turtles is a good day in my book.

ANNMARIE FEARING
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
SENIOR
Major: Zoology,  Minor: Communitcations Studies

I am from Gainesville, FL and I am a rising senior at the University of Florida with a major in zoology and minor in communication studies. I would love to attend graduate school in North Carolina for marine biology and go on to get a PhD in something biology related. I eventually want to become a professor and researcher who studies marine animals as well as communicating to people the importance of their conservation.
I found out about this internship last summer when I was browsing marine animal internships and knew that I had to get an internship here and work with the sea turtles! Even though I have only just begun, this experience has already lived past my expectations. I love coming to work with all the volunteers who are always so friendly in the mornings. My favorite part about this internship so far was seeing how excited the sea turtles we released were to get back into the ocean. It makes all the hard work worth while when you see them take off into the water! I am so excited for what else is to come and
 I know my time here will be a summer I will never forget!


KARINA FRENCH
THE COLLEGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY
JUNIOR
Major: Biology,  Minor: Marine Science

I'm Karina and I am a rising junior at The College of William and Mary. I am a biology major and marine science minor. I am participating in this internship because I want to get my hands dirty and help make a difference! It's a privilege to work with sea turtles this summer and it is definitely a dream come true! Not only do I get the chance to help these amazing animals get back home to the ocean but I also get to meet incredibly caring and loving people along the way.


ABBY JOHNSON
ALASKA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY
SENIOR
Major: Marine Biology,  Minor: Environmental Scienve

My name is Abby Johnson. I attend college at Alaska Pacific University. I am a rising senior getting a major in Marine Biology and a minor in Environmental Science. I am originally from Iowa, but was drawn to the ocean early on. I fell in love with sea turtles in my 10th grade year of high school and I have been in love ever since. I intend to have a career based in rescue and rehabilitation of sea turtles. This internship surpassed all my expectation. I have done many research projects and papers on sea turtles but none of that compares to what I learned on the first day alone!! I am blessed to be able to work with such beautiful and elegant creature. My favorite moment at the Sea Turtle Hospital so far was giving Crush a back scratch and he started doing the cutest butt wiggle!
 Releasing sea turtles and seeing them get better is something that I will never forget.


Life as an Intern
The work schedule  for interns is 5 1/2 days per week,
with Wednesday afternoon and Sunday free.
A daily schedule always includes morning food and vitamin preparation, and feeding of all sea turtles in residence.
Feeding is followed by cleaning the tanks and providing care to the individual sea turtles as needed.  This might involve medical procedures, special feeding elements and  medication administration.

Five days per week the center is open to visitors, two hours in the afternoon.
During this time interns have the opportunity to introduce our visitors to the sea turtles in residence, their injuries and ailments, and the background and operation of the center.

Some days will also include beach survey work early in the morning, locating and identifying sea turtle tracks, and the relocation of nests when necessary.
Some nights will include searching for nesting females and nest sitting in anticipation of a nest emergence, and post hatch nest data collection.

TO APPLY SUBMIT THE  FOLLOWING:
A brief letter including:
Name
Permanent Address
School address
Phone number
email address
Name of School
Length of Internship desired and;
Dates available.
A brief essay
State why you are seeking an internship at the 
Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center;
and what your expectations are of the experience.
Two letters of recommendation
One from  a professor or teacher,
One from a community leader (i.e. scout ,church, civic).
Mail your completed application to:
Jean Beasley, Executive Director
Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center
PO Box 2095
Surf City, NC  28445