Community Engaged Internship
Broaden participation in marine and coastal professions
Community Engaged Internship for Undergraduate Students
The Community Engaged Internship is designed for undergraduate students from underrepresented and indigenous communities. The overarching goal of this internship program is to broaden participation in marine and coastal professions by providing training and mentorship to the next generation of scientists, decision makers and citizens. The program will do so by recruiting, retaining and engaging diverse students in place-based research, extension, education and/or communication that respects and integrates local ways of knowing.
The key components of this program are listed below, and details about specific internship opportunities will vary by Sea Grant program:
- On-the-ground learning experience through a 8-10-week internship over the summer months, including
- completion of a project that extends the knowledge of community stakeholders to address a coastal, marine or Great Lakes issue of environmental, economic and/or social importance, and
- participation in all CEI professional development and training opportunities
- Mentoring by Sea Grant professionals, Sea Grant funded researchers and Knauss Fellows
- Virtual professional development sessions
- Peer discussions with other interns in the cohort through virtual platforms
- A graduation ceremony to celebrate accomplishments, network with peers and other professionals
Oregon Sea Grant
Oregon Sea Grant has supported an undergraduate Summer Scholars program for 10 years, providing internships for students with community partners that include Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Haystack Rock Awareness Program, U.S. EPA and USDA. Over the past few years, the program’s vision and mission was revised to reflect increased recruitment and retention for students from underserved or underrepresented communities. A key component of Oregon Sea Grant’s undergraduate program is dedicated and intentional mentoring provided by the internship hosts. For the summer 2020 program, 11 students were selected. Read about student’s experiences on the Oregon Sea Grant scholars’ blog.
Michigan Sea Grant
The Michigan Sea Grant Environmental Internship, which began in 2019, pairs undergraduate students with private businesses, state and federal agencies, and environmental non-profit organizations to assist with their research needs for implementing environmental stewardship in the Great Lakes. This past summer, 16 interns engaged in projects that range from ecological modeling to lab-based projects, to projects that involve fieldwork and community engagement. Through the completion of their projects, students gained valuable research, resource management and community engagement experience.
Wisconsin Sea Grant
The Wisconsin Sea Grant Summer Internship Program kicked off in the Summer of 2020 with eight undergraduate student interns. Over the course of 10 weeks, students worked on projects related to traditional knowledge, data visualization, coastal resilience, citizen science, ecology, education and outreach. Of the five available opportunities, three focused explicitly on tribal issues. Additionally, students were paired with staff for intensive learning and were exposed to interactions with other professionals. The program helped prepare undergraduate students for graduate school, as well as careers in aquatic sciences and outreach.
Deadlines vary by program. Programs may have one or more openings for each opportunity. See program sites below or email contacts for more details.
|Sea Grant Program||2023 Internship Opportunities||Contact|
|Alaska||Alaska Sea Grant Community Engaged Undergraduate Internshipemail@example.com|
|Delaware||Sustainability Research Internfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Georgia||Aquarium Education Internshipemail@example.com|
|Curriculum Alignment Internfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Hawai’i||Peter J. Rappa Resilient and Sustainable Coasts Fellowshipemail@example.com|
|CEI-National Park Servicefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|CEI-Chicago Wilderness Allianceemail@example.com|
|Lake Champlain (Vermont)||Lake Champlain Sea Grant Scholars Programfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Law Center||NSGLC Community Engaged Communications Internshipemail@example.com|
|Louisiana||Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Michigan||Undergraduate Environmental Internshipemail@example.com|
|New Hampshire||Doyle Undergraduate Fellowship||NHSG.Fellowships@unh.edu|
|New York||Long Island Sound-New York City Fellowshipfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Long Island Great South Bay Fellowshipemail@example.com|
|Great Lakes Phytoplankton Monitoring Fellowshipfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Science Art Communications Fellowshipemail@example.com|
|North Carolina||Climate Justice Internfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Wetlands Education Internemail@example.com|
|Pennsylvania||Aqutic Invasive Species Outreachfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Environmental Literacy & Workforce Developmentemail@example.com|
|South Carolina||Lowcountry Network Trawl to Trash Programfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Charleston Heat Health Research Projectemail@example.com|
|Texas||Exploring how Texas Sea Grant Connects the Coastal Sciences to Communities||Julie.Massey@ag.tamu.edu|
|Texas Sea Grant and the Je’Sani Smith Foundation Work on Beach Safety and Rip Current Awarenessfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Share the Shore Y’email@example.com|
|Wisconsin||Eat Wisconsin Fish Summer Outreach Scholarfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Eat Wisconsin Fish Summer Outreach Scholaremail@example.com|
|Woods Hole||WHOI Sea Grant Communications Internshipfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Meet Former Interns
CEI Stories & News
By: Carrie Clower. Each summer, North Carolina Sea Grant offers undergraduate students opportunities to join experts across the state to explore issues affecting local communities.
“As part of National Sea Grant’s Community-Engaged Internship program, they gain hands-on experience with coastal, marine, or Great Lakes issues of environmental, economic, and or social importance,” explains Jane Harrison, NC Sea Grant’s coastal economics specialist.
Daniela Loera, USC Sea Grant’s 2021 Community Engaged Intern, recently completed the summer internship with an emphasis on informing policy and engaging communities about their influence on beaches through beach cleanups.
This summer, Alaska Sea Grant selected and matched four interns with organizations and projects across the state. Cairone Reft is a CEI intern who has been working with Kodiak Marine Advisory Program agent Julie Matweyou. A Kodiak resident, Reft is a member of the Alutiiq Tribe of Old Harbor and is studying marine biology at Nova Southeastern University in Florida.