Internships & Volunteering

Student internships

SEAMARCO provides internships and projects to students from various education settings in the Netherlands and elsewhere. At the SEAMARCO Research Institute in Zeeland, students, depending on their study focus and level, gain experience that is relevant for their studies, in: animal husbandry, working with animals for research, conducting scientific research, general maintenance, team work, and data collection and analysis.

During their internship at SEAMARCO, students receive intensive training by SEAMARCO personnel. Because of this investment, the minimum internship period is six weeks for animal husbandry students (MBO) and eight weeks for higher education students (HBO). Students do not receive a salary.

Students who are not from the Zeeland region usually rent a room near the institute. Rooms can be found near the institute through the internet, and SEAMARCO also has a list of several suitable addresses.

Students are usually evaluated three times during their internship. Evaluation enhances their learning experience, and evaluation reports can be used to provide evidence of ability and performance for future internships or job applications. SEAMARCO is validated in the Netherlands a training facility for animal husbandry students by the SBB (Samenwerkingsorganisatie Beroepsonderwijs en Bedrijfsleven).

How to apply for an internship

Applicants for student internships should email SEAMARCO at info@seamarco.nl, providing:

  • Name and address of their school, and name of their study.
  • A letter detailing their motivation to do an internship at SEAMARCO and their availability (dates and days of the week).
  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV) with a passport-like photo.

Selection procedure

Based on the letter and CV, a decision is made within 1 week whether or not to invite the student for an interview via Skype. If this interview is positive for the student and for SEAMARCO, the applicant is invited to be with the team for one day. If this orientation day is experienced by both parties as positive, the applicant may be offered an internship with SEAMARCO.

Volunteering

Volunteers help SEAMARCO with animal husbandry, research, and maintenance. Volunteers must: Be interested in SEAMARCO’s mission, keen to help, and willing to learn about marine life, animal husbandry, and research. Be available at least one day per week. Live within easy travelling distance of the SEAMARCO Research Institute. Volunteers are evaluated regularly by SEAMARCO. Evaluation enhances their learning experience, and evaluation reports can be used to provide evidence of ability and performance for future job applications.

How to apply for a volunteer position

Potential volunteers should email SEAMARCO at info@seamarco.nl, providing:

  • A covering letter detailing their motivation to volunteer for SEAMARCO and their availability (dates and days of the week. Because SEAMARCO is operational 7 days per week, we work in shifted schedules).
  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV) with a passport-like photo.

Selection procedure

Based on the letter and CV, a decision is made within 1 week whether or not to invite the volunteer for an interview via Skype. If this interview is positive for the volunteer and for SEAMARCO, the applicant is invited to be with the team for one day. If this orientation day is experienced as positive by both parties, the applicant may be offered voluntary work with SEAMARCO.

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