Dolphin & Porpoise Research Internships

On behalf of the Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute (BDRI), I am pleased to announce that we are currently accepting internship applications for August-October 2016 and from January 16th for the new 2017 season (a minimum of 30 days of participation) for our research project along the North-western coast of Spain. There are still few vacancies available. BDRI invites applications for internships/thesis projects in a dynamic, international, and competitive research environment. 

Interns can expect to gain a solid foundation in cetaceans conservation behaviour with a focus on dolphins ethology, habitat use and communication. BDRI offers interns the chance to work through the many steps of research. Your participation means that you will not only be observing the studied animals at sea, but you will also be collecting different types of scientific data, using various research methods, and helping on board the research vessel in general. When back in the lab, you will participate in the transcription of the collected data, with the database work, you will use various softwares, perform photo-identification analysis, use of GIS and more. Furthermore, as the Galician coastline is known for frequent strandings of various marine mammals species, you will be a part of an important network for rescue and data collection from these stranded animals. 

The BDRI is a private and self-funded centre, hence, there is no compensation for the internship positions. There is an interships fee that includes the accommodation in an apartment, tuition and other expenses derived of your participation (housing, wifi, use of equipment, field trips by car, and use of research vessel). Successful applicants will be responsible for their own transportation expenses to and from the research centre (O Grove, Galicia, Spain).

Internship start and end dates are flexible but the position requires a minimum of 30 days continuous. Approved applications are accepted on a first-come, first serve basis. Prior field research experience is recommended but not required.

Please download the internships general information and application form at:


Send the application form, resume, recommendation letters, and cover letter by email to:

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Bruno Diaz Lopez
Chief Biologist and Director
Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute (BDRI)
Av. Beiramar 192, O Grove CP. 36980
tel. 00 34 605 521441