Intern house

 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.



Calvin Yang,  Kaitlin Ackerman, Bri Kilbourne, Galen Laurence,
Olivia Latran, Abby Kuhn, Jose Santiago, Rachel Woolridge, Anthony Galavotti


Marine Science with a minor in Biology

My name is Kaitlin Ackerman and I recently graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a degree in marine science and a minor in biology. I grew up in Vernon, New Jersey.

I'm beyond excited to have the opportunity to intern at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center this summer. I have been fortunate to have worked with sea turtles over the past six years. I have tagged sea turtles down in the British Virgin Islands. I have done nest excavations on Waties Island, South Carolina. I have also studied and worked with leatherbacks, both big and small, in Costa Rica. Interning here will give me the experience I need to pursue a future job working with sea turtles in a rescue and rehabilitation center one day.

I have loved these amazing creatures for as long as I can remember and will continue to help in their survival and educatate people about these gentle giants.

Western Carolina University
Environmental Science

My name is Anthony Galavotti. I am a rising junior at Western Carolina University and I am majoring in Environmental Science. I want to work in some sort of field that has to do with wildlife conservation. I have a strong passion towards wildlife especially marine animals. I am usually outdoors when I have the chance to be. The internship has been more than I can ask for so far, exceeding all of my expectations. Getting to work with such amazing creatures every day is incredible and I'm grateful for the opportunity everyday I step foot in the hospital. My favorite experience so far is watching the turtles be released back home to the ocean. Knowing that they belong there, it's a very happy experience. I can't wait to find out what the rest of my time with the turtles holds and I know this internship will be a memory I will always cherish


Major: Biological Science

My name is Bri Kilbourne and I am a senior biological science major at Colorado State University.
I grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado- a volunteer at the hospital, Joe, jokingly says all the sea turtles wear hiking boots where I'm from.
I fell in love with sea turtles after visiting a turtle hospital in 2008, so interning at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center has quite literally been a dream come true.

My first incredible moment in the hospital was Alpha coming out of her water to proceed to look me in the eyes for an uncomfortable amount of seconds. Ms. Jean believes when a turtle looks you in the eyes they can see into your soul, and I can't help but agree

Major: Biology  Minor: English

My name is Olivia Latran and I am a rising senior at Penn State University. I’m originally from Long Valley NJ. I am currently a Biology major, but have always had a passion for writing as well as working with animals. I would love to continue my education in the field of biology or marine biology and hopefully combine it with my love for writing.

I have always been drawn to the ocean, especially the creatures that live there, so having the privilege to work with sea turtles so closely has been an unbelievably rewarding experience. Lennie has become one of my favorite turtles and I always make sure she gets her back rubs and personally clean her squid for breakfast.

Major: Environmental Science

My name is Galen Laurence and I am a sophomore Environmental Science major at Boston College.

I knew I wanted to be an intern for the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center when I was a Sea Turtle camper at the old hospital four years ago. To work with and watch the interns as they cared for the gentle, quiet, massive creatures inspired me. I knew I wanted to be an intern just like them when I got older.

I believe that each individual who cares about the well-being of the Earth has a duty and responsibility to help in some way. Because of my passion for marine life and my love and interest in sea turtles, it is an honor to be interning for the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center this summer.

College of the Holy Cross
Major: Math,  Minor: Environmental Science

My name is Jose Santiago and I am from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I am a rising junior at College of the Holy Cross. I am a Math major and plan to minor in environmental science. Due to my affinity for math and my desire to work with animals, I plan to pursue a career in Wildlife Conservation specializing in Population Studies. I am ecstatic about the opportunity to be an intern at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center.


Major: Psychology

My name is Rachel Woolridge I am a rising senior at UNC Chapel Hill.

I am originally from Lexington, NC. I'm a phychology major, but I'm hoping to study something more relevant to environmental conservation and work in sea turtle research after graduation.

I could not be more grateful for the opportunity to work with the turtles every day this summer. When you're able to pursue your passion, even the hardest days never feel like work!

Major: Biological Science

I am a rising sophomore studying Biological Science at Vanderbilt University. I grew up in Queens, New York City and loved visiting the zoo and the aquarium.

I came across the Sea Turtle Hospital online in my senior year of high school. Somehow, I made the connection of watching two documentaries, Nature's "Cuba: The Accidental Eden" with its conservation efforts through sea turtle hatchery, and a showing of Costa Rica's Sloth Santuary by Animal Planet, until I finally decided that it would be really awesome experience to work with sea turtles. One thing led to another, and I was given the fortunate opportunity to be an intern at the Sea Turtle Hospital.

I am incredibly moved by the emotional investment and compassion that the "little old lady" volunteers have for the sea turtles, as well as their commitment in getting wet, dirty, stinky, and sweaty. Given the work they're doing, they sure don't act their age!
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, four hours in the afternoon.
During this time interns have the opportunity to introduce our visitors to the sea turtles in residence, explain the 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.

A brief letter including:
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