March 22, 2023

Conduct Research with Scientists at the Marine Mammal Laboratory

 The Marine Mammal Laboratory of NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center (MML/AFSC) and the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences (SAFS) request applications for student summer internships. Internships will be for about 10 weeks (during the period of June to September 2023; 30 hours per week) working on a marine mammal research project. Each internship will be supported on a stipend of $5,400, provided in partnership by the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, the Marine Biology Program, and MML/AFSC. Successful applicants will be provided with a scientific mentor and online access to research resources associated with their projects.

The following marine mammal research projects may be available for internships during the summer 2023 at the Marine Mammal Laboratory:

  1. Steller sea lion remote camera imagery Mentors: Molly McCormley and Carey Kuhn
  2. Northern fur seal and Steller sea lion entanglement in plastic debris in Russian waters Mentors: Tom Gelatt and Vladimir Burkano
  3. Population abundance, vital rate estimates, and foraging ecology of California sea lions and northern fur seals at San Miguel Island, CA Mentor: Tony Orr, Marine Mammal Laboratory, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, NOAA
  4. Assessing bowhead and beluga whale distribution using satellite imagery MML / AFS mentors: Kim Goetz and Megan Ferguson

SAFS values the strengths and professional experience that students, faculty, and staff bring to our community. We are committed to providing an excellent education to all our students of every race, gender, class, nationality, physical ability, religion, age, or sexual orientation. We are proud of the different roles that our students, staff, and faculty play in the community of the School and the College of the Environment. Science is richer and the SAFS and MML/AFSC communities are more vibrant when a diverse group of people participates in research. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to our programs’ diversity through their life experiences, scholarship, and/or service to the institutions. People of color, women, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


All UW undergraduates who graduate in Autumn 2023 or after are eligible to apply.


Please submit the following by the deadline:

  • Online Application: 
  • Application Materials: upload (using form linked above) the following materials in one pdf. Save as “LastnameFirstname_MML2023.pdf” (where Lastname and Firstname are your name):
    • Recent resumé
    • Unofficial UW transcript
    • Letter of interest (maximum of four pages) – include the name of the project that most interests you and why; tell us about yourself and your research interests; explain how the internship will further your studies and career; include other information the selection committee should be aware of, such as what it means to you to have a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: 11:59 pm on April 12, 2023 – late or incomplete applications will not be considered
DECISIONS: Award notifications will be made by April 28, 2023

For more information on each research project, including required skills, please see the attached file. SAFS-MML Summer Interns 2023-1