Information and Logistics for Summer Interns

If you’ve been selected for an 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.

Note that no on-campus housing is available for summer interns in 2021, and that you need to take DMC safety training before you can begin work in the lab or field.

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 aquaculture industry.

Walpole is a very small hamlet that is part of the town of South Bristol, Maine. Walpole has its own post office and a golf course, but that’s about it! Groceries, the occasional movie and restaurants are available in the nearby town of Damariscotta, seven miles away. Brunswick, Rockland and Augusta are less than an hour’s drive and have 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.

Alcohol, Tobacco and Marijuana Policy
Alcohol is not allowed in public areas of the DMC, including the dining hall and fire-pit picnic area, without appropriate permits.  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.

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.

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. UMaine students should be able to access the network without problem utilizing the eduroam network, information for setting up the “eduroam” network for UMaine students can be found HERE.  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. A couple 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 annually 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.
If you need to have items delivered to the DMC your address will be:

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

DMC main phone number is 207.563.3144.