Information and Logistics for Summer Interns

If you’ve been selected for a internship or will be conducting graduate research at the DMC this summer, congratulations and welcome!

This web page highlights what you can expect and what is expected of you, during the summer at the DMC. It includes information and logistical details. Please read it in its entirety! If you have any questions, please contact Matt at 207.563.8220 or

Be sure to establish the start and end dates of your position with your faculty advisor. Plan to arrive/depart the DMC within 24 hours of beginning and completing your internship.

Note that you will need to take DMC safety training before you can begin work in the lab or field. Contact Matt for details.

Complete these two online forms by April 19.

* Students working at the DMC and living off campus need only complete the Information and Emergency Contact Form.

Housing and kitchen deposit
All summer students staying more than three weeks on campus are required to pay a $100 housing and kitchen security deposit. Deposits will only be returned if there is no damage to your room or to common areas, and if the common kitchen is kept clean. Scroll down for details about kitchen duty.

Rent is $185/week. This fee includes use of the common kitchen.

  • May-June rent is due Friday, May 31, 2019. Invoices will be sent in early May via email.
  • July-August rent is due Friday, July 26, 2019. Invoices will be sent in early July via email.

Security deposit
Cash or personal check, payable to the Darling Marine Center, are accepted for deposits. Payments are due upon arrival at the DMC. Deposits will be held and returned upon your departure.

Upon arrival occupants of DMC housing will receive a key to their room. If this key is not returned upon departure you will be charged $85 for a lock replacement.

The Darling Marine Center (DMC)
The DMC is the marine laboratory of the University of Maine. It was founded in 1965 upon the donation of a 127-acre farm by Ira C. Darling, a retired Chicago insurance executive, with the purpose of establishing a marine laboratory. Today the Center occupies 170 acres of largely wooded property bordering 2km of water frontage on the Damariscotta River.

The Center has two “campuses.” The upper campus is Ira’s old farmstead. The farmhouse and barns have been renovated and converted to offices, labs and library. The lower campus is on the waterfront and includes the flowing seawater laboratories, classrooms, dive building and dorm. There is about a half-mile between the two. A campus map is available here.

Where’s Walpole
The DMC is located in Walpole, on the eastern shore of the Damariscotta River about six miles from the open waters of Gulf of Maine. The Damariscotta River estuary is a tide-dominated embayment whose clean salty waters provide excellent research opportunities for DMC scientists and support a thriving oyster aquaculture industry.

Walpole is a very small village that is part of the town of a South Bristol, Maine. Walpole has its own post office and a golf course, but that’s about it! Groceries, movies and restaurants are available in the nearby town of Damariscotta, seven miles away. Brunswick is less than an hour’s drive and has more to offer as far as movies and department stores are concerned. Portland, Maine’s largest city, is 60 miles from the Center. The Midcoast area has lots to offer if you like exploring the great outdoors, so be sure to bring your running shoes, hiking boots, bikes and binoculars.

Travel Tips
Information on plane, train and bus transportation, as well as driving directions are all available at on our travel page.

A typical early summer day in Maine is sunny and warm with temperatures in the high 70s to mid 80s ºF. Hot days in July and early August will undoubtedly reach well into the 90s. June is relatively cool, so bring a warm sweater for the evenings. If you are involved in substantial fieldwork, foul weather gear may be appropriate.

Maine is blessed with more than its share of biting insects (black flies, mosquitoes, and deer flies, in approximately that temporal sequence), so hats and light-weight, long-sleeved shirts and pants are useful throughout the summer.

Due to our rural location, summer nights can be dark and many people find having a flashlight handy.

Arrival and Departure
Undergraduate and graduate students working at the DMC for the summer should coordinate internship dates with faculty advisors. Plan to arrive and depart to be within 24 hours of beginning and completing your internship. Confirm these dates with Matt Norwood via the summer housing agreement.

If you arrive during business hours, please stop by Linda’s office in the Administration Building (a.k.a. Horse Barn) and say “hello.”  The Horse Barn is the second building on the left as you drive onto the upper campus.

If you arrive after hours or on a weekend, your housing assignment will be posted on the Visiting Scientist Check-in Board, located in the Horse Barn lobby. To check-in, please complete the online form in the Horse Barn lobby.  Your housing keys will be in the locked key box. You will receive the key code when you confirm your arrival date and time.

The dorm Residential Life Director is in room 1. Please don’t hesitate to knock on the RD’s door if you have any questions.

Living Facilities
Summer residents at the DMC, both grads and undergrads, will share a room with 1-3 other people in the Brooke Hall dormitory on the lower campus. Pack lightly; don’t bring the kitchen sink! The rooms are similar in size, possibly a little smaller, than a typical college dorm room with two sets of twin-size bunk beds, two desks and two bureaus.

You will need to bring your own sheets (x-long twin), blankets, pillows and towels. Interns traveling by air often ship these items to the DMC so as not to have to carry them on the plane.

  • One compact refrigerator, 1.8 cubic feet or smaller, is allowed in each room.
  • Do not bring a microwave, one is available for use in the dorm.
  • Coin operated laundry facilities are available in the dorm.

Residents are responsible for keeping their room and common areas clean. House keeping supplies such as brooms and dust pan are available for your use.

Brooke Hall is a multi-use facility. Throughout the year various groups visit the DMC. Conferences are occasionally scheduled in Brooke Hall, so dorm residents may share the space  with guests. Please be conscious of the multi-use nature of this facility and be considerate of others. Please do not leave personal belongings in common areas.

Residents at the DMC are expected to act in accordance with the code of conduct and policies outlined in the University of Maine’s Residential Life Student Handbook.

Alcohol and Tobacco Policy
Alcohol is not allowed in public areas of the DMC, including the dining hall and fire-pit picnic area, without appropriate permits. Persons 21 years of age or older are allowed to consume alcohol in your housing unit.  Please be responsible with your consumption.

Marijuana possession and use, regardless of form, is prohibited due to our federal funding. This includes medical marijuana.

University of Maine, including the Darling Marine Center, is a tobacco-free campus. The use of tobacco and all smoking products is prohibited in university building and on university-owned property, including parking areas, walkways, and university-owned vehicles. Tobacco use by definition includes the possession of any lighted tobacco products, or the use of any type of smokeless tobacco.

Cooking/Dining Facilities
Summer students are expected to prepare their meals in the common kitchen. Located on the upper campus, the common kitchen has all the basics for cooking: pots, pans, stoves, microwave, dishes, silverware, etc. Kitchen users share cupboard and refrigerator space.

Everyone is responsible for cleaning up after him/herself. To ensure this occurs, kitchen duty is required of all users; a schedule is posted in the kitchen along with a detailed list of expectations.

If the kitchen is orderly, our cleaning staff will mop, take out the garbage and recyclables. The DMC custodial staff will not wash/dry your dishes or sort your recyclables, and they will not clean-up your culinary messes.

If the common kitchen requires additional cleaning during the summer, the cost will be deducted from the security deposit of students on kitchen duty that week.

You are allowed to bring your car to the DMC. No parking permits necessary, but we do ask for the make and model of your vehicle on the general information form.

Don’t worry if you arrive at the Center without a vehicle. Undoubtedly, several students will have cars so carpooling to places off-campus should be easy. The Residential Life Assistants (dorm staff) will coordinate trips to town for groceries and other errands.

Multi-use facilities
During the summer, course participants and other visitors will also make use of the dormitory and dining facilities. Please be considerate of all dorm residents and visitors. Do not leave personal belongings in common areas.  Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated and should problems arise you will be asked to find accommodations off campus.

Internet Access
Wireless Internet access is available across campus, including the Brook Hall. UMaine students should be able to access the network without problem. If you are from another college university, you can access the Internet via the UMS Guest network when you first arrive and once you are settled-in, we’ll get you on the full network. Clusters of common use computers in available in the DMC library.

SCUBA Divers
There are a number of specialized training requirements for those who may be involved in scuba related research.  The best way to meet all requirements is to enroll in our Summer Scientific Diving Course, SMS 324.  See the Summer Course/University page for more information.  Please contact Chris Rigaud, Diving Safety Officer by email at: for more information and to get the necessary health and safety forms.

Safety Training
Prior to beginning work at the DMC, please complete the University of Maine’s Basic Safety Training online.  Be sure to print your test results and bring them to the DMC. They must be kept on file in your lab. You will also have to complete a brief Darling Marine Center safety training with Laboratory Manager, Tim Miller. This training will be offered several times early in the summer. Dates and times will be announced.

Mailing Address & Phone Number
The DMC gets daily service from the U.S. Postal Service, UPS and FedEx.
Your summer address will be:

“your name”
Darling Marine Center
193 Clarks Cove Road
Walpole, ME  04573

DMC main phone number is 207.563.3146.