Sea Synergy was established by marine biologist Lucy Hunt in Waterville, Co. Kerry in 2014 to raise awareness of Ireland’s incredible marine biodiversity through outdoor experiences and activities. From its inception, Sea Synergy has run an annual Summer Internship program from May to September.
Our internship allows students from Ireland and around the world to get hands-on experience volunteering in a Marine Awareness and Activities Center. During their time at Sea Synergy, interns will develop a broad range of skills – conducting marine animal surveys, working on citizen science projects, caring for aquaria, leading workshops, assisting with ongoing research and developing education programs of their own.
Interns are encouraged to use their time with Sea Synergy to not only pursue their passion, but also explore what aspects of marine education, conservation, and research they would like to pursue in their professional careers.
Sea Synergy provides fun and interesting activities for both children and adults to discover Ireland’s marine life and the importance of the ocean in our daily lives. Nature connection is a key part of learning in all workshops.
Sample Activities and Workshops:
Research at the Center
Research began in 2015 with seal surveys in the Bay and has since expanded to include regular marine mammal surveys documenting over 300 animals, including porpoises, bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, rissos dolphins, minke whales and humpback whales. Sea Synergy is currently focusing its research efforts on the distribution of European Oysters with views to initiating oyster bed restoration.
Education and Outreach Option
Research Development Option
Additional Skills Developed
*Fee amounts are calculated with an exchange rate from European Euro at the time of posting.
Interns arrange their own housing.
Learn more about past interns’ experiences below:
Learn more about the programs this partner offers here.
Summer: January 25
- Background in marine biology/environmental science or similar
- Keen interest in marine conservation and education