The Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute (hereafter BDRI), a marine science and education centre, offers unique hands-on marine research experiences designed to foster success in both undergraduate and postgraduate fields. If you are planning to embark on a career in the field of marine biology, then an internship at BDRI will be ideal for you.

An internship period with the BDRI offers an excellent opportunity for very interested, enthusiastic and motivated people to obtain field and laboratory experience in marine megafauna (cetaceans, marine birds, and otters) research methodology and analysis, under the mentorship of experienced marine scientists.

This internship program enables aspiring marine scientists to work in conjunction with leading marine biologists as they undertake ground-breaking research on the charismatic marine mega-fauna in one of the most productive oceanic regions on the world (Galicia, North-western coast of Spain). The incredible diversity of cetaceans present in these waters (22 different species) allows the BDRI team to have several ongoing research projects focused on the study of the ecology and behaviour of bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoises, Risso’s dolphins, common dolphins, striped dolphins, pilot whales, humpback whales, minke whales, sei whales, fin whales, and blue whales.

The BDRI offers to the interns the chance to work through the many steps of research, collecting the data on the field, and analysing the data at the lab. Interns can expect to gain a solid knowledge in marine mammal sampling methods and data analysis.

While interns benefit from specialized research training, they make the most of the internship programs working side by side with the chief biologist (Dr. Bruno Diaz Lopez), and other experienced researchers (Ms. Severine Methion, PhD candidate, marine ecologist, and Mr. Oriol Giralt, PhD candidate, marine biologist). The BDRI is a very international environment, and the everyday working language is English. Laboratory work days typically last six hours and field days occur several times per week (weather dependent). There are two days off per week. While doing an internship, interns have the opportunity to carry out a personal project, which can be writing a thesis/dissertation for their university (bachelor, master).

With state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, interns are trained to participate to multiple research projects involving a combination of boat surveys on-board our two research vessels, land surveys, laboratory work (photo-identification, GIS, bioacoustics, diet analysis, diving behaviour, video analysis, database work, data transcription etc), and strandings (response, rescue, necropsy, and data collection).

Research experiences are open to all applicants 18 years of age or older. An academic background in biology, veterinary or natural science, coupled with motivation and interest in marine research make the most qualified individuals. Start and end dates are flexible depending on the needs of the institute and the intern availability, but the position requires a minimum of 30 days’ continuous commitment sometime between January through to December, every year.


For more information and details, please download the Internship Information Package.

To apply, read the Internship Information Package and send the application form, a resume, cover letter and recommendation letters (facultative) by email to:

Approved applications are accepted on a first-come, first serve basis. Positions are open until filled. There is no deadline to apply.


BDRI internships are not paid and this training experience requires a tuition fee which is used to off-set the cost of training, use of research equipment, facilities and research vessels, shared accommodation, and other expenses (access to wifi, kitchen utensils, electricity, taxes, insurances, etc). Successful applicants will be responsible for their own transportation expenses to and from the research centre (O Grove, Galicia, Spain).

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So, if you want to be a part of this unique experience and are a person who is interested in going abroad and obtaining hands-on experience in dolphins research, boat based field work, intensive training while having fun and meeting people from all over the world, then you should consider to participate in one of our programs.


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