Please make sure that you meet the following eligibility requirements in order to be considered for the internship program:
- Have completed at least 2 years of college. This internship is for upper level undergraduates or recent graduates (within the 12 months).
- Be 18 years of age by the start date of the internship.
- Be majoring in a life or environmental science.
- Have at least 2 semesters of college-level ocean science, earth science, biology, or ecology.
- Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. (Copies of transcripts required.)
- Be in good academic and disciplinary standing with current college/university.
- Have a valid passport that is not due to expire within 6 months of departure.
- Be fluent in English.
- Be comfortable in outdoor environments that can be extremely hot, sunny and humid.
- Be respectful of and compatible with fellow students and staff.
- Be able to adjust to life on a quiet, remote, tropical island.
- Be open water SCUBA certified. ONLY FOR THE CORAL REEF RESEARCH INTERNSHIP. (Arrangements can be made to complete course on site.)
- Be competent swimmers and comfortable in the water and on boats.
- Be able to stay for the duration of the program. We will not accept students who need to arrive late or leave early.
- Be willing to adhere to all RIMS policies and procedures. (See Terms & Conditions below)
Terms & Conditions
Due to the remote location and demanding working conditions, this internship may not be for everyone. Included below are a few more things to consider before applying.
Upon acceptance, interns will be required to sign and submit the following forms:
Program Expectations and Behavioral Code of Conduct
Field Waiver and Liability Disclaimer
Emergency Information and Contacts
PADI Medical Statement
Safe Diving Practices Statement of Understanding
Interns will be housed on property in dorm style bungalows with bunk beds and en suite bathroom. Rooms have louvered windows and fans. Rooms are not coed.
All meals are served in a dining area and shirt and/or bathing suit cover-ups are required. Please let the Intern Coordinator know in advance of your arrival if you are a vegetarian or have food allergies so we may accommodate your needs.
The water at our facility and in your rooms is treated and safe to drink.
Students must be respectful of and compatible with fellow interns and the other residents in the dormitory-style accommodations.
Weather on the island in August is hot and humid. Plan to spend long periods of time outdoors and in the ocean. The only 24-hour air conditioning is in the classrooms and dry lab.
This internship requires long hours of physical work outdoors in a variety of sea and weather
conditions. As such applicants must be in good physical condition, and feel comfortable
working on boats for extended periods.
Our facility and your accommodations are nestled in the lush tropical hillside. Encounters with mosquitoes, sand fleas, ants, termites, spiders, crabs, geckos and iguanas are unavoidable.
Wireless Internet access is available at no charge but service can be slow at times. Please limit what you download.
While a detailed schedule for the entire program will be provided upon acceptance, please keep in mind that inclement weather or other unforeseen events can change day-to-day plans.
Due to our remote location, food choices may be more limited then what you are accustomed to back home. Feel free to bring non-perishable snacks or food supplements with you. Trips to one of the island’s grocery stores can be arranged, but expect specialty items to be more expensive than comparable items in the US.
Our facility does not provide laundry service. Off site laundry service is available with same day pick up and drop and is relatively inexpensive.
A clinic, pharmacy and recompression chamber is located on site and the doctors are on call 24/7. Our physicians are well experienced in treating travel, tropical and dive related health issues. Please alert your Faculty Mentor or Intern Coordinator immediately if any health problem or illness should develop. Bring any medications you may need with you during your stay.
While a clinic and recompression chamber is on site, RIMS does not provide medical insurance. All students are required to purchase an overseas medical insurance policy and ensure they have adequate medical coverage.
DAN (Diver Alert Network) diving and evacuation insurance is required.
Personal expenses, and gratuities are the responsibility of the student.
All applicants should read the RIMS Diving Information and Intern Handbook and complete necessary forms and waivers prior to arrival in Roatan.