Internship Title: Fisheries Research Technician

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***SAMPLE LEARNING AGREEMENT***
Division of Science & Environmental Policy
California State University, Monterey Bay
100 Campus Center, Seaside CA 93955-8001
Phone: (831) 582-5147 Email: [email protected]
Student Intern - Mentor Learning Agreement
This agreement outlines the responsibilities and expectations of the student intern and the mentoring organization.
Internship Title:
Fisheries Research Technician
Student Intern Name:
College Attending:
California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB)
Address:
100 Campus Center, Seaside, CA 93955
Phone Number:
(831) xxx-xxxx
E-mail address:
xxxxxxxxx
Internship Organization:
Tuna Research and Conservation Center
Address:
Oceanview Boulevard, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Name of Mentor:
xxxxxxxxx
Phone Number:
(831) xxx-xxxx
E-mail Address:
xxxxxxxxxx
Start Date of Internship:
month, day, year
End Date of Internship:
month, day, year
Expected Hours/Week:
15 - 20 hrs per week
Hourly Rate:
$10.00
(Note: Interns are required to submit Foundation timesheets with actual hours worked.)
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The following section should be discussed and completed by the mentor and intern, collaboratively.
1.
Please provide a brief description of the internship.
The Fisheries Research intern will work directly with the Tuna Research Conservation Center
(TRCC) team to assist with lab and field based research. The Intern will promote understanding of the
TRCC by working with staff to develop and implement lab and field research. The intern will read
available literature pertaining to research conducted by the TRCC. Overall the intern will develop a
greater knowledge of fisheries management, animal husbandry, resource management, and marine
ecology, and learn graduate level fisheries lab and field research techniques.
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2. Please list a minimum of three individual learning outcomes (what the intern will be able to “do” or
“produce” as a result of her/his experience) that will be achieved as interns carry out their responsibilities.
For each outcome, please identify the learning activities that will be conducted to achieve the outcome,
the evidence by which the achievement of each outcome will be demonstrated, and the criteria that will be
used to evaluate the evidence. The learning outcomes should be related to the skill sets that will be
developed over the course of the internship. Mentors will guide this process to ensure that the outcomes
are relevant, realistic, and contribute to the work and mission of the organization.
Outcome 1: Demonstrate proper knowledge and use of fisheries lab research facilities while
developing demonstrating and conducting necessary skills for leading in lab research experiments
and data collection.
Learning activities for Outcome 1:
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Assist in development, setup and cleanup of weekly experiments.
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Assist in proper care and husbandry of live specimens.
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Assist in experiment research evaluation input into Excel.
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Compile and analyze recorded video data based on the following species:
o
Pacific Bluefin Tuna
o
Yellowfin Tuna
Evidence for Outcome 1:
1. Mentor sign off for assisting in development, setup, and cleanup of weekly experiments.
2. Mentor sign off for assisting in proper care and husbandry of live specimens.
3. Excel graphs summarizing raw data results from respirometry experiments.
4. Excel spreadsheet reflecting recorded video data with statistics, percentages and graphs.
Criteria for evaluating evidence of Outcome 1:
For evidence #1: Assist in development, setup and cleanup of weekly experiments.
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Useful: Intern demonstrates proper use of equipment and materials.
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Complete: Completes initial respirometry experiment setups and a complete cleanup of
respirometry experiment equipment.
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Organized: Experiment materials are setup and stowed away in an organized manner that is
readily available for future experiments.
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Depth of understanding: Development and setup of experiments shows Fisheries Research intern
has knowledge and understanding of lab protocol and purpose of experiments.
For evidence #2: Assist in proper care and husbandry of live specimens.
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Informative: Intern demonstrates and teaches local students and visitors the importance of
research and conservation of captive fisheries specimens.
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Useful: Intern is able to conduct proper handling of specimens with minimal supervision by
TRCC staff.
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Effective: Husbandry and care is carried out in an effective manner
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Appropriate: Intern conducts husbandry in a professional manner without hurting or mishandling
live specimens
For evidence #3: Excel graphs reflecting raw data results from respirometry experiment evaluations.
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Accurate: Data are entered into appropriate sections without error
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Useful: TRCC staff can use evaluation input for reports and further research
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Clarity: Demonstrates a clear understanding of TRCC research methods.
For evidence #4: Excel spreadsheet reflecting recorded video data with easy to see statistics,
percentages and graphs.
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Accurate: Statistics and percentages represent raw data without error or misinterpretation.

Useful: TRCC staff can use the template including statistics, percentages and graphs, for reports
and further research.

Clear: Data are organized in a way that is easy to read and interpret
Outcome 2: Demonstrate applied knowledge of marine fisheries research and conservation
awareness through recent research literature. Outcome will include a greater depth of
understanding of the organization’s research and mission.
Learning activities for Outcome 2:
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Attend and participate in weekly “journal club” meetings.
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Attend and participate in weekly physiological research meetings with mentors.
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Read through literature journal articles to become more familiar with recent research as well as
research appropriate websites and other resources.
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Compile a scientific log of weekly activities and appropriate notes to ease understanding of
research and scientific methods.
Evidence for Outcome 2:
1. Mentor sign off for attending and participating in weekly journal club and physiological research
meetings with mentors.
2. A notebook with research journal articles and appropriate notes.
Criteria for evaluating evidence of Outcome 2
For evidence #1: Mentor sign off for attending and participating in weekly journal club and physiological
research meetings with mentors.
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Participatory: Intern is actively engaged in meetings and gaining message intended
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Punctual: Arrives to meetings on time with enough time for preparation.
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Prepared: Reads literature prior to meetings and ready to take notes.
For evidence #2: An organized notebook with research journal articles and appropriate notes.
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Useful: Intern can use notebook to answer personal questions and create further useful
understanding.
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Organized: Literature material is presented in an organized manner that is useful for intern and
anyone interested in ongoing research.
Outcome 3: Demonstrate applied scientific field research skills and methodologies aboard the
fisheries specimen collection vessel Shogun out of San Diego.
Learning activities for Outcome 3:
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Assist TRCC staff with organization of research materials needed for specimen collection prior to
field experience.
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Assist TRCC and Shogun crew in capture and handling of specimens.
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Assist TRCC staff in implantation of archival and pop up tagging of collected specimens.
Evidence for Outcome 3:
1. Mentor sign off for assisting TRCC staff with organization of research materials needed for specimen
collection prior to field experience.
2. Mentor sign off for assisting TRCC and Shogun crew in capturing and handling of specimens.
3. Mentor sign off for assisting TRCC in implantation of archival and pop up tagging of collected
specimens.
Criteria for evaluating evidence of Outcome 3:
For evidence #1: Mentor sign off for assisting TRCC staff with organization of research materials needed
for specimen collection prior to field experience.
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Organized: All materials for field experience are prepared and delivered prior to excursion.
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Complete: Research materials consist of equipment and items necessary and identified by TRCC
staff.
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Useful: TRCC staff can utilize the research materials aboard the Shogun.
For evidence #2: Mentor sign off for assisting TRCC and Shogun crew in capture and handling of
specimens.
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Participatory: Intern is effectively staying on task and gaining skills necessary to carry out field
procedures.
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Informative: Intern presents information on proper fishing and handling techniques based on own
past experience.
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Useful: Intern uses previous field techniques in a manner that provides TRCC staff further
resources.
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For evidence #3: Mentor sign off for assisting TRCC in implantation of archival and pop up tagging of
collected specimens.
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Participatory: Intern is quickly and effectively staying on task and gaining skills needed to carry
out tagging procedures.
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Organized/Useful: Implantation materials are set out in an organized manner that is useful for
TRCC staff to access and use for surgical procedures.
3. Please describe the responsibilities of the mentor in supervising the intern’s achievement of learning
outcomes and supervising the day-to-day activities of the intern.
The mentors will be responsible for providing a solid foundation of information on the Tuna
Research and Conservation Center (TRCC) and its mission and messages. This includes TRCC’s
relationship with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Hopkins Marine Station. Mentors will also assure that
the intern understands the intricate research programs within the TRCC program and the partners TRCC
works with to achieve program success. The mentors will provide support and feedback during intern
efforts in after school programming and will conduct mid-semester and end of semester intern evaluation
and feedback. Mentors will also assure that the intern has all the resources and information necessary to
provide TRCC with products that further TRCC’s mission while building intern skill sets for postgraduate careers.
I have reviewed the Internship Learning Agreement above, and accept the Learning Agreement as written.
I recognize my individual responsibilities (attached to this Learning Agreement), and I promise to fulfill
the responsibilities required of me in a timely and professional manner. This internship may be terminated
by the mutual agreement of the Intern, the Mentor, and the Intern Advisor.
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Intern signature
Date
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Mentor signature
Date
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Intern Advisor signature
Date
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Internship Responsibilities
Of Student
1. Behave in a responsible and professional manner.
2. Become an integral and active member of the organization staff.
3. Agree to mutually satisfactory goals and responsibilities with the mentor and internship
advisor.
4. Become familiar with organization policy and procedures and abide by all regulations.
5. Support the organization and its staff in any contacts with the public.
6. Notify the mentor at least 24 hours in advance when you are unable to work.
7. Set a positive standard for other interns to follow.
Of Mentor
1.
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3.
4.
Orient the intern to the philosophy, policies, programs and services of the agency.
Prepare the organization staff for the arrival of the intern.
Define the organization’s expectations of the intern.
Integrate the intern as a fully functioning participant in appropriate levels of agency
activities, projects and programs.
5. Provide supervision and adequate training for the intern.
6. Evaluate the intern’s progress, overall performance, and the degree to which s/he has met
the stated goals and objectives throughout the internship through a midterm progress
review and a written final evaluation.
Of the Intern Advisor
1.
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6.
Review and approve the proposed outcomes and evidence.
Provide guidance to interns and mentors to support achievement of learning outcomes.
Serve as a facilitator when issues or questions arise.
Review the mid-term progress report and provide consultation when needed or requested.
Review intern portfolios for final approval.
Review both intern and mentor evaluations for purposes of program improvement.
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