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Internships

There are numerous internship opportunities at BAMZ for both local and North American students:

Ernest E. Stempel Foundation Summer Internship Programme for Bermudian Students

The BZS invites Bermudian university students to compete for environmental-related internships. Students are paid to work for a period of six weeks from June to August on projects relating to conservation, education or research issues in Bermuda. Interns gain valuable experience and acquire a greater understanding of delicate island ecosystems.

Since 2000, this programme has been supported by the Ernest E. Stempel Foundation - the foundation named for the late philanthropist and Island resident. Mr. Stempel began his philanthropic partnership with the BZS in 1993 because he believed in supporting young people and producing a better Bermuda for future generations.

Students interested in pursuing careers in the life sciences (biology, zoology, veterinary medicine, wildlife management, etc.) have the opportunity to learn all aspects of the daily care of exotic animals through practical involvement, and leave with a better understanding of the important role of aquariums, museums and zoos in promoting conservation and education.

Availability and Expectations

  • Five (5) internships will be offered in any calendar year.
  • Positions are available in the Aquarium and Zoo, in programmes concentrating on Conservation Research, in Marine Operations, or Education. Interns are expected to focus on one of these areas.
  • Interns must commit to an uninterrupted six-week internship with a five-day work week.
  • Interns must be registered in an upper division undergraduate (i.e., Junior or Senior) or a graduate programme.
  • Students expecting to do research for credit towards a degree during their internship must work with their university advisors and programme supervisors in Bermuda to determine exact requirements, particularly with regard to the type of data collection and analysis that is expected.
  • Interns will receive a weekly stipend.

The James W. Babcock Internship Program for American Students (one internship position annually). Click here for more information.

This is an opportunity for American undergraduate and graduate students to experience hands-on animal husbandry, participate in the delivery of classes and field trips, or take part in research and monitoring activities within various conservation projects. Interns must bear the cost of travel to and from Bermuda. ACP will pay for two meals per day and accommodations, and provide a monthly public transportation pass for each intern.

The John L. and Karen C. Pye Memorial Scholarship for a Canadian Student (one internship position annually). Click here for more information.

Established in 2001 to provide education and research opportunities at BAMZ, this scholarship is awarded annually to a Canadian science or biology university student. The intern is responsible for the cost of travel to and from Bermuda. The scholarship provides a weekly stipend for food and incidentals, and pays for accommodations and a monthly public transportation pass.

 

Animal Husbandry in the Aquarium and Zoo

With access to over 200 species of colorful fishes and delicate invertebrates in numerous naturalistic displays, Aquarium interns at the BAMZ explore Bermuda's diverse marine communities from the deep ocean and spectacular coral reefs to shallow coastal waters.  The 140,000-gallon North Rock Exhibit showcases live corals and large predatory fish including sharks, there is also a shallow reef lagoon featuring smaller reef fish and juvenile fishes.

The Zoo displays over 300 birds, reptiles, and mammals from oceanic islands and has a tradition of successful captive management of endangered island species.  An emphasis on conservation including captive breeding programs for endangered species destined for reintroduction to the wild and public education forms the focus of this unique zoo facility. The fragile nature of island ecosystems is carried in the theme for free-flight immersion exhibits like the Caribbean, Australasia and Madagascar exhibits.

Internship Opportunities

Aquarium and Zoo husbandry interns have the opportunity to take part in daily operations at BAMZ and develop an understanding and appreciation for animal care responsibilities through hands-on involvement. The typical husbandry internship includes:

  • Experience in all aspects of the daily care of exotic animals and plants including animal handling and treatment;
  • Behavioral observations and animal behavioral enrichment;
  • Diet preparation and feeding including food culture methods;
  • Maintenance of daily records including animal activities, food consumption, and special projects;
  • Life support maintenance and water quality monitoring;
  • Exhibit enhancement, which may include the collection of marine specimens, horticulture and or fabrication of exhibit furnishings;
  • Interpretative talks to visitors and special interest groups; and
  • Wildlife rehabilitation, primarily with birds and sea turtles.

 

APPLICATION

Applications must be submitted by March 15 and include:

  • The completed application form;
  • A résumé with two references;
  • A transcript from the school’s registrar (it does not have to be an official copy); and
  • A letter of interest stating your reasons for participating and desired personal outcome.

These documents, including the completed application form should be e-mailed to:
Lynda Johnson • Bermuda Zoological Society

development.bzs@gov.bm

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Animal Husbandry in the Aquarium and Zoo

Contact Us

For more details on internship opportunities contact us:

Development Officer 
Phone: (441) 293-2727, ext. 2136
Direct: (441) 299-2326
Email: development.bzs@gov.bm