Reposted from the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program Facebook Fan Page
Seeking upper-level undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent graduates with a passion for photography, the ocean, and conservation. Photographers of all backgrounds will be considered, but all applicants must be comfortable on boats. Applicants must have a high degree of self-motivation and creativity, as well as enjoy interacting in an educational outreach setting.
Each semester, the RJD Program offers two internship positions exclusively for photographers of all backgrounds. A Field Photography Intern accompanies the RJD Shark Research Team on shark tagging trips in the Florida Keys to cover journalistic, artistic, scientific, and PR perspectives. Photography will likely be used in a variety of outlets, such as social media, RJD website, PR for RJD, RSMAS, and the main campus of UMiami, scientific publications, fundraising campaigns, educational videos and learning resources, and potentially mass media.
The shark trips serve not only as a platform for cutting edge research, but also for educational outreach. Last year alone, RJD brought nearly 1000 high school students onto the water for hands-on research field experience in marine science. Providing these students with access to professional-grade photography will enable them to more effectively share their experience with peers, family and friends, expanding the potential outreach effect.
- Attend at least 6 shark tagging trips per semester (usually run every other weekend Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
- Photograph the trip from beginning to end, shooting in a variety of styles (journalistic, artistic, and PR)
- Download and edit photos within 72 hours of the trip, entering captions and metadata consistent with RJD standards
- Create an RJD Facebook photo album for each trip within 72 hours
Students are responsible for bringing their own high quality DSLR to each trip.
Second Semester Perks:
While the standard internship length is only one semester, extraordinary candidates may be invited to participate for a second semester. During the second semester of a Field Photography internship, students will be offered introductory underwater photography training, as well as in-water shark safety training.
To Apply, please email Christine Shepard (c.shepard AT me DOT com) :
- Current Portfolio
- Type of internship sought (volunteer, 1, 2, or 3 credit)