Research Internship Programme

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Every year, HKDCS provides research internship opportunities for university students to arouse their awareness about Hong Kong cetaceans and marine environments so that they can become future specialists in environmental science and conservation. Students may take part in this internship program during summer/winter vacation, or at other available time.

DUTIES:   The main duty of research interns is to participate in boat surveys on local dolphins and porpoises, jointly organised with the Hong Kong Cetacean Research Project. They are also required to conduct land-based surveys at several elevated points on land. In addition, research interns may have to assist HKDCS in organising public awareness activities (e.g. dolphin-watching trips, exhibitions and / or seminars). There are also opportunities for research interns to conduct their own small-scale research projects under the supervision of HKDCS researchers.


◦  Age 18 or above; non-smoker

◦  Undergraduate or graduate students majoring in Biology, Environmental Science, or other related subjects

◦  Enthusiastic about cetacean and marine conservation

◦  Able to work outdoors and in harsh outdoor conditions

◦  Responsible, independent and able to work well with others in a team environment


◦  For successful completion of the internship programme, students are required to participate on a full-time basic for up 2 to 3 months (as a minimum research period)

◦  Interns must submit weekly journals as well as a final report upon completion of the internship programme. They are considered to complete the programme successfully only if their final reports have been submitted and approved.

◦  Upon completion of the programme, interns will be granted transport allowances. However, HKDCS will not provide accommodation, meals and salary for research interns. Interns can also request a letter of certification and / or recommendation letter from HKDCS if their performance is satisfactory.

HOW TO APPLY:   Interested students can send their curriculum vitae and a statement of interest in no less than 300 words (either in Chinese or English) to HKDCS Chairman, Dr. Samuel Hung by email ( and request arrangements for an interview. In the statement of interest, please explain why you are interested in the Research Intern Programme, what you would expect from the programme, as well as your view(s) on cetacean conservation in Hong Kong.