2022 Summer Internship

Applications are now closed for the 2022 Summer Internship.

Marine Mammals of Maine (MMoME) is now accepting applications through February 3, 2022 for the summer 2022 harbor seal pup season internship. MMoME is a non-profit organization federally authorized to respond to live and dead marine mammals and sea turtles between Kittery and Rockland, Maine, covering some of the busiest seal stranding activity on the East Coast. MMoME also operates a unique triage and rehabilitation center which provides critical care to sick and injured pinnipeds. Additionally, our mission heavily encompasses marine mammal research, education, and outreach.

MMoME is seeking up to four motivated, flexible, positive, and independent interns who will be given the unique opportunity to participate in a variety of activities. Interns will learn marine mammal field health assessment, handling, basic husbandry and clinical care of pinnipeds, as well as Level A data collection, necropsy, and sampling of deceased marine mammals. The internship is based out of Midcoast Maine (town of Brunswick area), though travel throughout our response region and New England will be necessary. Interns will work as a team alongside veterinary preceptors to accomplish MMoME’s broad scope of work during our busiest time of year, and will be required to dedicate a minimum of 40-50 hours per week to the internship (minimum of 4 days/week). These hours will include holidays, weekends, and late nights and early mornings. This internship is unpaid, though seasonal job opportunities are available in the area. Housing is not provided but staff may be able to assist with sourcing options.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

Stranding Response

Respond to live and dead cetacean, pinniped and sea turtle strandings to collect Level A data, perform health assessments, and monitor, relocate, and collect for humane euthanasia or rehabilitation. Carcass collection for disposal or necropsy will also be required.

In-House Patient Care

Assist with all aspects relating to the care of sick, injured and abandoned pinnipeds (primarily harbor seal pups) undergoing short, or long-term care at MMoME’s center. Tasks include primarily cleaning, but also meal prep, tube-feeding, assisting with medical procedures, animal restraint for exams, running lab samples, medical record maintenance, and transport to other long-term care facilities.


Transport carcasses to necropsy and compost sites, assist staff with necropsy of fresh dead pinnipeds and cetaceans, archive necropsy samples, and maintain and clean necropsy equipment.

Education and Outreach

Give presentations to the public about the organization, attend outreach events, and help create educational materials.

Other Tasks

Additional time will be spent on data entry, fundraising, extensive cleaning, and other tasks as needed.

Internship Requirements

How to Apply

Please send a letter of interest which addresses the following questions: (1) Why you would like to be considered for this internship? (2) How do you meet the requirements? (3) What are your expectations for this internship? (4) What do you think MMoME’s expectations are of interns? (5) What do you hope to gain from this internship? (6) What are the start and end dates you can commit to?

Your application must also include a resume and one professional letter of recommendation.

Completed applications must be sent to info@mmome.org by 11:59 PM EST on February 3, 2022. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

We look forward to your application for this exciting experience!

At this time, Marine Mammals of Maine's internship and veterinary preceptorship opportunities are limited to the summer months. Our organization does not currently offer fall, winter, or spring internships or preceptorships.