Marine Science and the Arts

Summer Internship


The Shannon Point Marine Center (SPMC) and the College of Fine & Performing Arts are jointly sponsoring a summer internship for WWU undergraduates who are majoring in some aspect of the arts. The internship is part of the marine center’s well-established summer program for undergraduates. The student selected to receive the internship will join 8 other students from WWU and from around the nation who will be spending nine weeks in residence at the marine center located in Anacortes, WA. While SPMC has operated undergraduate research programs in the marine sciences for more than 20 years, bringing the arts to the program is a new feature. It is anticipated that the student intern, in association with a faculty adviser, will be stimulated by the activities at SPMC and the marine environment to apply his/her artistic talents to whatever medium is appropriate. At the conclusion of the summer program, the intern will provide a showing of the results of the project coincident with the presentations made by the other summer interns.

The intern will be invited to participate in all group activities at SPMC that are conducted for the research interns, including field trips and workshops on application of the scientific method to marine science.

Student support will include a $4500 stipend plus a $630 food allowance and housing at SPMC for the nine week session (June 20-August 18). A $500 allowance for materials and supplies will be provided. The faculty supervisor will be provided with a $2500 stipend.

How to Apply

Applicants must be enrolled in a degree program at WWU leading to a major in one of the arts disciplines that will lead to the Bachelor's degree. Applicants should submit an application form, a project proposal, a digital portfolio of 10 images of recent artwork, undergraduate transcripts (unofficial acceptable), and a letter from a prospective faculty mentor. The proposal should express your interest in the SPMC program and describe your artistic project including a description of the artistic medium, and scale that you intend to work in. Please also note the potential space and logistical needs required to execute your project. The digital portfolio should be compiled into a single PDF file and should include an image list with title, medium, size, and year created for each piece.

Materials should be submitted by May 8, 2017 at 5pm with the email subject line ‘Shannon Point Internship’ to

Questions should be directed to Lisa Turner, t:360-650-3666.

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