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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 2013



Karina Monroe, Peyton McAlester Hamilton, Candice Faith, Nathanial Peters, Tracy Wangui, Amber


 
CANDICE FAITH
 LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY SHREVEPORT
Graduate 2012
Biology, Concentration Environmental Science

I graduated May 2012 from Louisiana State University in Shreveport with my Bachelor's degree in Biology . Right after graduation, I went to work at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Von Arx Wildlife Hospital for about a year. Now I'm here working with the animal I've wanted to work with since I was little. It is a dream come true to finally work with sea turtles. I will be going back to school this fall to take a few courses I need at The Ohio State University in order to apply to vet school next June. I love all animals, but I want to really work with those animals that are suffering due to human interference.  Read More...

My favorite tasks at the sea turtles hospital are making diets, giving the turtles back scratches, and being able to medically treat our wounded babies. Zach is my favorite patient. I really hope to get the experience of getting a call at 2 AM in the morning to see a mama turtle nest on the beach or potentially see babies hatching!!!

Random things about me other than loving sea turtles is I love Taylor Swift. I love when I'll be singing her songs at the hospital and the other interns get her song stuck in their heads so they have to just start singing with me!! I have a dog named Troy Polamalu (Go Steelers!), three cats named Bella, Greyboi, and Sadie, and two Eastern box turtles named Gastrotricha and Tortuga. In my spare time, I like to hang with my little sister Samantha who loves sea turtles just like her big sister!


PEYTON McALESTER HAMILTON
COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

 I'm originally from Fort Mill, South Carolina and am currently a full time student at Coastal Carolina University. I'm studying for a major in both Marine Science and Physics, and I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of an operation that plays such a fundamental role in the conservation of one of our planet's most endangered species. Read More..

KARINA MONROE
CHOWAN UNIVERSITY
Graduate 2013
Biology
  .
A recent student athlete (volleyball and basketball) graduate from Chowan University with a bachelor's degree in biology ,environmental science track.  Karina has previous experience working with leatherback nesting in Costa Rica.

So far her experience here at the sea turtle hospital has been a dream come true since her favorite animal is a sea turtle. She plans to further her education in hopes of receiving her masters in marine biology or marine conservation.


NATHANIEL  PETERS

FULTON-MONTGOMERY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

From upstate New York,  Nate applied as an intern to better understand reptiles  Planning to study paleontology.
He found turtles to be among the most ancient and to his surprise some of the most personable and gentle.


He spends much of his spare time playing scenario paintball and fishing at the lake.

TRACY WANGUI
UNIVERSITY of NORTH CAROLINA GREENSBORO
Senior Environmental Biology / Chemistry minor
 
Tracy was born in Nairobi, Kenya but now lives in North Carolina. Before becoming an intern, she volunteered 4 times at the new hospital painting and planting trees but wanted the full experience.

She is currently sleep deprived but having the time of her life building relationships with the sea turtle while watching their progression.

After graduation, Tracy is planing on going into marine life conservation and working with corals reefs in Australia.
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AMBER WENRICH
PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Animal Science

Amber is currently a senior at Penn State and will graduate next sping with a major in Animal Science and minor in Wildlife and Fisheries.

She has been coming to Topsail Island with her family for several years and is very happy to be working with the animals she has so often visited. Amber loves getting to know the different personalities of each turtle, and appreciates the spunk they have after they get better.

After graduation, she plans to work in the field of conservation biology and education. Amber’s dream job would be to work for Disney with the sea turtles in Vero Beach, Florida.

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 3012
Topsail Beach, NC  28445