What is the best way for a college student to get an internship that would later become a career in working with elasmobranchs?

Question from Brandon Thurman:

What is the best way for a college student to get an internship that would later become a career in working with elasmobranchs? I am especially interested in working with white sharks.

Answered by HeidiDewar
Answer:

To do research with sharks you will most likely need to obtain a higher degree like a Ph.D. or a masters. Many people interested in sharks want to work with white sharks so it can be a difficult field to break into. In addition to getting good grades, I would try to volunteer for on going research projects or to take a shark-related summer course. Even if the courses or work doesn't involve white sharks this will help as you move forward. In the past, there have been courses offered at the Bimini biological station. Another option is to try to attend scientific meetings where research is discussed. The American Elasmobranch Society is one such option.