Experiences vary depending on major, skills, and area of interest. The Seabird Center offers individualized opportunities for students to tailor their experience.
Interns encounters can include assisting with planning, preparation and delivery of environmental teaching programs. The Center also has a formal teaching program for schools, and a more informal “Puffin Club” aimed at younger children which involves them in practical, fun, hands on environmental and conservation instruction.
Website Development and Technology
Interns can lead a project with local schools to produce and maintain a website with down-loadable podcasts to allow students and tourists alike to participate in a virtual conservation/environmental tour of the area’s coastline and marine habitats (Wildlife Websites and Podcasts). They can also work on an ‘Environmental Portal’ website, which acts as a one stop shop for ALL environmental matters from endangered species to recyclable packaging and environmentally friendly cleaning products.
Marketing and Eco-Tourism
Interns can work with the Discovery Center staff to enhance the visitor experience, develop a study to identify strengths and weaknesses of the overall program, and help identify and design resources for the staff/visitor interaction. Interns might also be involved in developing a staff training program, and produce a monitoring system to evaluate the training/resources. This is also great opportunity for students studying ecological sustainability.
Other Possible Projects:
- Conduct literature reviews of current topics and help keep information in education materials up-to-date.
- Draw real life parallels to scientific information from exhibits.
- Create connections between science, scientists, and real people.
- Assess and evaluate how well the Scottish Seabird Center products serve the needs of their clientele.
- Assist with and give input on planning of new exhibitions.
- Assist with the preparation of materials for formal education sessions, with the EO.
- Conduct research on interpretation techniques for exhibits, e.g. focus on the psychological side of presenting information.
- Work with families and niche groups – e.g. special needs children.
- Work with EEO in the Puffin Club and think up new activities.
- Bring fresh perspective and ideas to the Discovery Center including innovative delivery of interpretation.
- Help EO with the Wildlife Websites and Podcasts project.
- Get involved with the preparation of the Environmental Portal project.