Summer: Rutgers- Coral Reef Internship
Little Cayman, Cayman Islands (Outgoing Program)
The Cayman Islands are one of the world’s centers of marine research and conservation, offering remarkable biodiversity both in and out of the water. They consist of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman, which is of course the smallest. Despite its relative lack of size—it’s a mere 10 miles long by one mile wide—Little Cayman has superb diving at Bloody Bay Wall and Jackson’s Bight. Your residence at CCMI’s headquarters at Little Cayman will position you for some of the best field experiences in marine biology the ocean has to offer.
In the Summer Coral Reef Research Internship at the Central Caribbean Marine Institute, you will be conducting coral reef ecosystem field research with a principal investigator. At the end of the program you will receive 4 RU credits.
Before departure you are required to complete pre-trip reading assignments to make sure time spent in the field is productive.
For the first week of the program, you will participate in field trips each day to gain a better understanding of shallow marine, coastal, and coral reef habitats. Lectures and discussions will take place during the late afternoon and evening. The objective of the first week is to provide you with the marine biology and conservation understanding and skills needed to prepare them for the following three weeks of field work.
The second and third weeks will involve research training and data collection. In the fourth week, students will analyze the data collected and prepare a final report and poster for presentation. Students will be expected to produce a research poster that could be presented at a national or international conference. It is not possible to take classes not-for-credit, nor is it possible to take classes as Pass/Fail.
For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Accommodations and Meals
Students will be housed in shared rooms on the second floor of the Little Cayman Research Center. There is also a lounge in the second floor available to everyone. There is a separate Bath House Pavilion.
Meals are included in the cost of the program. All food arrives on the island by barge prior to your stay. If you have specific dietary requirements, please notify us no later than 2 weeks prior to your arrival. Meals are designed to be healthy and hearty including a variety of local cuisine. Meals are taken in the dining pavilion overlooking the ocean.
For more information about the program cost and additional non-billable expenses for this program, please view the program budget sheet.
For more information about finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Center for Global Education withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible. There are many kinds of scholarships available, with different eligibility requirements and application criteria. To get a sense of what scholarships are available for your program, please download the Scholarships-at-a-Glance worksheet and visit our scholarship directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships.