Posted by: nicolacs / December 12, 2023
December 12, 2023
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife solicits proposals for student internship projects in pinto abalone restoration through the Shewmaker Internship Program. Pinto abalone were listed as endangered by the state in 2019, and a recovery plan was published in 2022 to guide restoration activities. Projects that inform pinto abalone restoration priorities will be given preference, however other projects related to the management of marine resources in Washington State will be considered.
Students will work primarily at their home institution under the supervision of their academic sponsor to complete the proposed project. Students will have the opportunity to experience other aspects of the abalone restoration program, such as accompanying WDFW staff aboard research vessels or at partner facilities. Depending on the nature of the project, some work may take place at partner facilities such as the Puget Sound Restoration Fund hatchery. Interns are encouraged to present the results of their project to public or scientific audiences through journal articles, conference presentations, or class presentations, with the assistance of mentors at WDFW or their institution.
The amount of funds available will likely range between $6,000 – $12,000 depending on the scope of the project.
Work with a faculty or staff member at your academic institution to develop a short (1 – 2 page) proposal outlining the scientific and/or career training goals of the internship project. Making a link between the project and the priorities of the Pinto Abalone Recovery Plan is advised, however all projects will be considered. Submit the proposal via email to Katie.Sowul@dfw.wa.gov.
Applications due January 19th, 2024.