GCBO organizes and conducts a variety of activities that benefit from intern participation, while at the same time providing learning opportunities and real life experiences to students. Because of our limited staff size, there are many activities that we have not been able to undertake because of the lack of human resources. While helping GCBO and the conservation community in general, undergraduate projects and internships provide valuable hands-on experiences for students. In addition, these activities provide many learning opportunities that can help to develop individual talents and skills, explore career options, and make professional connections. We can provide intern opportunities in two primary areas to support our conservation activities; education and applied ecology research. Our ecological research is focused on the study, monitoring and conservation of birds and their habitats throughout the Gulf of Mexico. The focus areas we pursue via internships and undergraduate projects are: a) Urban-Wildlife Interactions, b) Ecology of Gulf Coast Breeding Birds, c) Ecology of Gulf Coast Wintering Migratory Birds, d) Protection of Threatened Species, e) Outreach and Education of migratory bird ecology and conservation.
In past years we have worked with graduate and undergraduate students from Texas State University, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Texas A&M-Texarkana, Texas A&M-College Station, the University of Houston, and Georgetown University. These students worked on varied projects including American Oystercatcher Stewardship, Beach Nesting Birds Protection, Summer Bird Camp, Loggerhead Shrike tracking, and analyzing Whooping Crane behavior and American Oystercatcher nesting videos.
For ongoing research projects that are already planned with well-defined specific data collection activities, interns can participate by joining field trips and supporting ongoing data collection activities. Students will get exposure to research activities and logistics and participate in data collection and analysis. This type of involvement is for students who are not pursuing individual research projects, but will support GCBO ongoing projects. All interns are required to help out with office duties at least two days a week including filing, entering volunteer data, and other tasks.
We are able to provide housing for students at our headquarters for minimal or in some cases no cost. We currently offer a $100/week stipend for interns year round and will accept applications for the fall, winter, and spring time periods any time. We accept applications for our summer intern program (May 15 – August 15) from January through March and make a selection in late March. Applications for summer interns will not be accepted after March 15. If you are interested in an internship, please contact us with a resume and letter of interest stating why you would like to intern at GCBO. Candidates with an interest in pursuing careers in avian conservation, research or outreach and education will be given priority.