Published: December 15, 2022

Location: Honduras


Closing Date: April 30, 2023

Coral Reef Research Internship

Programme overview

The Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences is excited to offer a 4-week Coral Reef Research Internship this summer.


About the organisation

The Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences (RIMS) was established in 1989 by the owners of Anthony’s Key Resort. The primary objective of this facility is the preservation of Roatan’s natural resources through education and research. RIMS has established itself as a dedicated teaching institution, and our facility is visited year-round by colleges, universities, and high schools from abroad to study tropical marine ecosystems and the bottlenose dolphins at our facility.

RIMS is ideally located for marine study on the northwest coast of Roatán where over 30 miles of fringing and barrier reefs, seagrass beds, mangroves, and shoreline are home to an astonishing profusion of life. For many students, this may be the first encounter with coral reefs and the underwater world and Roatán’s coral reefs provide an incomparable realm of beauty, excitement, and endless opportunity for study. A field course at RIMS also allows students to travel abroad, become immersed in a new culture, and experience the simple way of life that has existed for hundreds of years on this small Caribbean island.


About the programme

The programme is open to upper level undergraduates or recent graduates and will be limited to 12 students.  Interns will live and work at our facility and gain valuable research and field experience on some of the most well-developed and ecologically diverse reefs in the Caribbean.

Under the direction of professional mentors and marine biologists, interns will engage in a wide variety of activities and gain experience in the:

  • Identification of Caribbean coral, fish, invertebrates and algae species.
  • Application of field research methods to assess coral cover, abundance, and reef health.
  • Development and implementation of an independent research project
  • Coral nursery and reef restoration projects on the island.
  • Population management of the invasive lionfish.
  • Interaction with local conservation professionals.



Roatan is located in the Western Caribbean approximately 35 miles (56 km) north of mainland Honduras.



4 weeks, from July 8 – August 5, 2023


Costs and pre-requisites

The program fee is USD$2975.00.

Please visit our website for all eligibility requirements and terms of the program.  Students who have completed at least 2 years of undergraduate study and will be 18 years old at the start of program are eligible to apply.  Applicants must be SCUBA certified.  We do not offer course credit for the program but we encourage successful applicants to arrange for research or independent studies credit through their home institution.


What’s included

This fee includes full room & board, diving, tanks and weights, lab and classroom fees, airport transfers, off site field excursions and all applicable taxes.  A more detailed list of what is covered can be found on our website.


How to apply

The application form is available on our website.  Completed applications and supporting documents should be e-mailed in PDF format to  Deadline for submitting applications is April 30, 2023.

For more information about the program, please contact the Program Coordinator, Jennifer Keck at or visit our website.