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Position: Coral Reef Internships
Organization: Central Caribbean Marine Institute
Location: Little Cayman, Cayman Islands, Caribbean
Term: 3 to 6 months; tuition covers meals, accom., more (see below)

CCMI’s vision is a world with vibrant oceans and healthy coral reefs. We will make this vision a reality by undertaking cutting edge, impactful research and transforming this research into conservation and education initiatives which will serve to bridge the gap between knowledge and action.



Internship Overview (click for full internship overview document)

Internships at the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI) provide an exciting opportunity for early career scientists to gain real life experiences in marine science education, communications, research, and field station operations. We maintain active field research and education programmes in the Cayman Islands supported by a team of scientists, educators, outreach and communications coordinators.

As an intern you will be actively engaged with a vibrant community conducting field and laboratory studies, science diving, analysing data, teaching and leading courses, and gaining experience with the day to day operations of a vibrant marine research station. The work requires competent, motivated individuals who are capable of strenuous work 6 days/week in a small, tight-knit community on a remote island. Internships are for 3 months with the potential to extend to 6 months.

Internship Calendar

Term / Application Deadline / Programme Dates

  • Spring 2020 / October 15, 2019 / January 5 – July 5
  • Summer 2020 / January 15, 2020 / April 15 – September 1
  • Winter 2020 / July 1, 2020 / Oct 15 – April 15
  • Spring 2021 / October 1, 2021 / January 5 – July 5


Interns are required to pay an internship fee of $1,500 USD per month. This includes three meals per day and shared dormitory style accommodation at the research centre, all transportation to and from the airport and field station, work/office space with internet. All of your field costs are covered by the project grants, including scuba gear if needed.

Fees do not include your airfare to Little Cayman, health or DAN insurance. Please see below for select scholarship opportunities, which are available for certain applicants or key skill/programme needs.


The Ocean Science Scholarship is a full scholarship open to Caymanian residents only.

The Reefs Go Live Media Internship is also a full scholarship, open to application nationally and internationally. This internship is looking for media specific skills, ideally underwater camerawork and video production.

We also have limited scholarships available to interns throughout the year who have already achieved their MS degree. This is a competitive programme with high numbers of applicants who are evaluated based on experience, merit, and need. If you wish to apply for a need-based scholarship, please include a 1-page scholarship cover letter with your application, which explains your need and how the programme can help you achieve your career goals.

Internship Details

The following internships will be offered throughout the year (click on each internship for detailed information):

To Apply

Apply by sending your CV, cover letter explaining what your career goals are and how the internship will advance your career as well as why you are an excellent candidate. Include the name and email address of 2 referees.

Please include all of these documents as one PDF to our email address at

In the subject line of your email:
1) Indicate which internship you are interested in (research, education, field station, Ocean Science Scholar, Reefs Go Live Media Internship)
2) Indicate the term you are applying for (Winter, Spring, Summer).

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date publiée : Oct 30 2019    Numéro : 55062