Internships and Scholarships

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

How to apply for an internship
Internship applications (for any internship position) must be submitted by March 15 and include:
•    A completed application form
( Download an application form)
•    A résumé with two references
•    A transcript from the school’s registrar (it does not have to be an official copy)
•    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 at development.bzs@gov.bm

Internship Opportunities
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.

ANIMAL HUSBANDRY IN THE AQUARIUM & 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.

Animal Husbandry 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.

CONSERVATION RESEARCH

Under the umbrella of BZS Conservation Research projects are conducted in conjunction with other organizations. Our conservation and research programs focus on Bermuda and are funded primarily by the Bermuda Government, U.K and U.S. Governments and private donations.

See our Conservation Projects for more detail on each of these programs.

Conservation Research Opportunities
Interns will gather and analyze biological information necessary for the sustainable use of Bermuda's living resources. In addition to field-based studies including sampling and monitoring, animal capture and marking, interns may become involved in laboratory or database work. 

EDUCATION

Education is one of our highest priorities. The Education Team supports the BAMZ mission, “to inspire appreciation and care of island environments” by providing classes, courses, resource material, interpretation and special programs. The BAMZ Education Team is responsible for the Schools Program, interpretation of exhibits, member and public nature encounters, and publication of educational materials. Approximately 6,000 school children attend BAMZ classes throughout the school year or day camps in the summer. 

Education Opportunities
Education interns assist in the delivery of classes and field trips (both snorkeling and land-based) to Bermuda school children. Education interns also assist in the delivery of Nature Encounters to small groups of children or adults at weekends and help with interpretation of our exhibits.
The preceding outline is intended to provide an idea of the work involved. Availability depends on BAMZ requirements at the time of the internship.

MARINE OPERATIONS

The Marine Operations Department is responsible for the collection and quarantine of marine specimens for exhibit displays. The collection of specimens is usually achieved using seine nets along coastal areas or SCUBA diving offshore in depths of 20 to 50 feet. The goal of quarantine is to identify and treat fish diseases before a specimen is put on display. Fish are fresh-water dipped and moved to a sterile tank every five days for 30 days to interrupt the lifecycle of any parasites. Adapting these specimens to a captive environment and diet is also critical and requires patience and careful observation.

Marine Operations Opportunities
Interns assist with daily operations, which may include quarantining marine specimens, boat maintenance, and maintenance of the life support systems. They will also assist with the collection of specimens for Aquarium exhibits. SCUBA certification is mandatory.

The James W. Babcock Internship Program for American Students

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. One James W. Babcock Internship is offered annually.

Get more information and apply.

The John L. and Karen C. Pye Memorial Scholarship for a Canadian Student

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. One John L. and Karen C. Pye Memorial Scholarship is offered annually.

Get more information and apply.

Scholarship Opportunities
Steinhoff/BZS Scholarship for Environmental Sciences

Purpose
To provide a scholarship for applicants in the final two years of study for a Bachelor, Master Degree or Doctorate in the Environmental Sciences with an accredited institution. The scholarship will be awarded primarily on candidate interest and commitment in protecting the environment together with financial need and secondarily on academic achievement.

Annual Amount
Up to $10,000 p.a. in 2 equal amounts of up to $5,000 payable in August/September and December/January in each academic year for up to 2 years until completion of degree. The scholarship will normally be awarded for one year with successful applicants reapplying for the following year if they have not completed their programme of study.

Criteria for Selection of Candidates & Application Procedure

  1. Eligible Students must have successfully completed the first year of a three year honors bachelor degree or the second year of a four year undergraduate first degree with a major in a related field at an accredited overseas university. Students entering or studying in a master’s or doctoral degree programme will also be considered, including part time candidates.
  2. Students must be in good academic standing and submit current academic transcripts for consideration. Where grades are not available by the deadline for applications e.g. UK, applicants are required to submit letters from tutors attesting to the applicant’s academic standing.
  3. Students must be Bermudian or have applied for and be eligible for Bermuda Status. (A letter must be produced from Bermuda Immigration Department to this effect).
  4. Students must also submit a letter of application with accompanying references (at least 2) outlining their field of study, accomplishments to date in and outside the environment field and career. They should submit a statement outlining their annual academic expenses and sources of income including awards, academic fees, airfares and living expenses at College.
  5. In addition, students must submit an essay of not less than 500 words outlining their reasons why they have chosen to study Environmental Science and Conservation. Applicants should also clearly state their career goals.
  6. Students must submit a medical certificate.
  7. Applications must be received in full by 30th April of each year.
  8. Applicants will be interviewed by a Scholarship Committee in June of each year.
  9. Successful Applicants may hold scholarships or grants from other institutions provided that the total amount awarded does not exceed the annual cost of overseas study.
  10. Consideration will be given to related work and volunteer experience to date including volunteer service at BAMZ e.g. junior volunteer.
  11. In addition to candidate interest and commitment to protecting the environment and financial need, the Scholarship Committee will consider academic achievement.
  12. The Scholarship Committee will review continued payment of the scholarship for the second half of the year following submission of transcripts (or letter from tutors confirming that holder is in good academic standing). Where awarded for more than one year scholarship holders will be interviewed if available.
  13. Scholarship holders will be encouraged to accept practical internship opportunities during vacation periods at Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo (BAMZ) or other conservation institutions either in Bermuda or overseas in order to gain appropriate practical experience.
  14. Scholarship Holders will be encouraged to return to Bermuda following completion of studies and related work experience overseas.
  15. The Scholarship Committee reserves the right not to make awards if in its opinion there are no suitable candidates.

The Scholarship will be advertised in Bermuda in on line Scholarship Directories (e.g. Scholarship.bm), the newspapers January through May and through Bermuda Zoological Society (BZS) publications. Online applications can only be made at www.bzs.bm; hard copies can be faxed to 441-293-4014 or delivered to the BAMZ reception. Please mark for the attention of the Scholarship Secretary, BZS. Applicants are responsible for ensuring application completeness. Successful applicants who accept scholarships will be publicized.

The Scholarship Committee will consist of 5 persons appointed by the Bermuda Zoological Society (BZS) and chaired by a member of the Executive of BZS. Initially the Committee will consist of:

The BZS Vice President – Neil Patterson - Chairman
Robert Steinhoff (Past President BZS and Donor)
The Principal Curator BAMZ Dr. Ian Walker
Ralph Richardson (Past Vice President BZS)
Ron Lucas (Past Executive Member)

Click here for an application which may be completed interactively and submitted via email.

Frequently Asked Questions
When will I know if my application is successful?

Successful candidates will be notified by e-mail before April 10. Once accepted, it is the student's responsibility to contact the assigned supervisor and discuss the internship.

Will late applications be accepted?

No. Complete applications should be postmarked by the deadline or e-mailed by 11.59 p.m. on the date of the deadline.

Who oversees the program?

The Development Office in Bermuda will oversee the program application process. Interns will be assigned a staff supervisor.

What hours will I work?

Your exact hours will be determined by your supervisor and will vary according to staff timetables.

Do I have to be SCUBA certified?

SCUBA certification is not a requirement for an internship unless specified by your supervisor. However, interns who do intend to dive must provide proof of certification and pass a local dive checkout. Note: Persons who suffer from asthma or diabetes will not be allowed to SCUBA dive in Bermuda. Additionally, interns who have had incidents of childhood asthma, but have had no recurrence as an adult are required to provide medical certification before being allowed to undertake a checkout dive in Bermuda.

What do I need?
  • You will be issued two volunteer shirts and are expected to wear them while at BAMZ. Navy blue shorts/trousers are recommended for work.

  • Covered shoes with non-skid soles, preferably water resistant

  • Lightweight sweater or windbreaker

  • Rain jacket or slicker

  • Swimsuits, beach towels, mask, snorkel, flippers, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and cover-up

  • If you intend to SCUBA dive, use your own regulator, BCD and provide proof of certification.  A wetsuit is essential; a 5ml full length wetsuit is recommended for summer diving; 7ml for winter. Cloth collecting gloves.

  • A lap top computer is recommended

  • Notebook - You will need to keep a daily journal.

Something you should know…

“WILD Tales” is our quarterly newsletter. A review of your internship will be included in this publication. We will also include a photograph of you with any article.