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Sea Grant supports students on their path to marine and coastal careers.

This page is specifically catered to help undergraduate and graduate students find career development opportunities provided by Sea Grant, including information on scholarships, internships, and fellowships.

 

 

Student Opportunities

https://seagrant.noaa.gov/Students/Internships

Internships

Sea Grant works to provide hands-on unforgettable experiences in research to aid in the development of budding STEM careers. 

https://seagrant.noaa.gov/Students/Scholarship

Scholarships

Sea Grant has many opportunities that provide financial assistance and funding to students pursuing a career in STEM.

https://seagrant.noaa.gov/Students/Undergraduate-Fellowships

Undergraduate Fellowships

Sea Grant has several prestigious opportunities to partner with various STEM organizations to promote professional development in new careers.

https://seagrant.noaa.gov/Students/graduate-fellowships

Graduate Fellowships

Sea Grant has many reputable fellowships specifically for graduate students that focus on professional development in budding careers for a variety of marine topics.

 

 

“[The fellowship] has given me an insider’s view of state decision-making and an even greater appreciation for what makes Alaska unique and vibrant. I’m eager to collaborate with Alaska Sea Grant in the future and to continue to support their critical work in coastal communities."

-Danielle Meeker, 2017 Alaska Sea Grant Fellow

 

"Being a Knauss Fellow increased my understanding of the complex interaction between policy and science and how the environment and people are then impacted by decisions. The fellowship gave me hands-on experience in balancing those interests and analyzing trade-offs, something I continue to do daily in my work. It also opens many doors and opportunities by increasing your network, allowing you to build relationships and connections with people."

-Alexis Rife, 2012 Knauss Fellow

Sea Grant Student Support by the Numbers*


 

972

GRADUATE STUDENTS SUPPORTED

1010

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS SUPPORTED

629

STUDENTS SUPPORTED WHO FOUND JOBS RELATED TO THEIR FIELD OF INTEREST

544

POST-SECONDARY   DEGREES AWARDED

*Metrics reported in Summer 2020 for work conducted February 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020.


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AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards Program (in partnership with California Sea Grant) intern Monica Tonty holds up a large Chinook carcass found during a spawner survey on Woods Creek.

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Kong Vang (right), a 2018 Oregon Sea Grant Summer Scholar, volunteers with an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) research crew to collect sturgeon data in the Columbia River. (Photo credit: Colin Chapman)

Useful Links & Resources

The printable resources below can be used to let others know about Sea Grant's student opportunities. Ask your mentor, academic advisor, or education coordinator in your school's marine science department to find out how you can get engaged in your local Sea Grant program's careers and opportunities.

Sea Grant Undergraduate Opportunities (8.5 x 11 inch printable PDF) 

Sea Grant Undergraduate Opportunities Poster (22 x 33 inch Printable PDF)
Colleges may request that a printed copy of this poster be mailed to them by writing to sgweb@noaa.gov

Sea Grant Graduate Education (8.5 x 11 inch printable PDF)

Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship overview with instructions on how to apply (8.5 x 11 inch printable PDF)

NMFS-Sea Grant Graduate Fellowship overview (population and ecosystem dynamics, marine resource economics) with instructions on how to apply (8.5 x 11 inch printable PDF)

 

Additional opportunities for launching your marine and coastal career

Florida Sea Grant posts a weekly job/internship roundup of marine and coastal jobs around the nation every Wednesday on their Facebook page.

MarineCareers.net: Marinecareers.net will introduce you to a wide range of marine career fields and to people working in those fields. 

NOAA Opportunities: Find information about educational opportunities that are available throughout NOAA.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: WHOI offers a wide range of programs and opportunities for students and young scientists at all stages of their development.

NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center (LMRCSC):  LMRCSC trains and graduates students from underrepresented communities in marine science for careers in research, management, and public policy that support the sustainable harvest and conservation of our nation's living marine resources. 

Undergraduate Student Pathways: Programs and professional development resources for current and prospective undergraduate students: research experiences for undergraduates (REU), scholarships, and travel and research opportunities.

Graduate Student Pathways: Programs and resources for prospective and current STEM graduate students -- including funding opportunities and professional development programs and resources.

 OceanCareers.com: Current information on career opportunities, the knowledge and skills required to enter these careers, where students can gain the necessary education, employers who hire people to work in these careers, and more.

University of Georgia Diversity Recruitment Event (February 28 - March 2, 2019): The purpose of the Diversity Recruitment Event is to create opportunities for participants to 1) interact with potential graduate advisors and graduate students before submitting an application to graduate school and, 2) learn more about applying for graduate school and fellowship programs. Participants will have the opportunity to network with faculty and graduate students and participate in workshops devoted to learning successful tips in applying to graduate school, contacting potential mentors, and preparing applications for fellowship programs, including the NSF GRFP and the Ford Predoctoral Fellowship. Selected applicants will receive funding to support travel costs and will be housed with current UGA graduate students. Meals will be provided.

Sea Grant responds to COVID-19-related challenges across the country

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Sea Grant responds to COVID-19-related challenges across the country

As the country adapts to changes necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, coastal and Great Lakes communities, too, are rethinking how to resume what were once normal activities. Sea Grant programs are leading efforts to provide relief to the communities they serve. Read about a few of the initiatives Sea Grant created or enhanced in recent months.

Pathways to marine policy: Knauss Fellows build on past experiences with NOAA

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Pathways to marine policy: Knauss Fellows build on past experiences with NOAA

In February 2021, the 42nd class of the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship will begin fellowships across NOAA and other federal agencies to make their mark on national ocean and coastal policy and administration. While the experiences and backgrounds of each class are quite diverse, many selected fellows build on educational experiences offered by NOAA earlier in their careers.

Sea Grant Announces 2021 Finalists for the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program

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Sea Grant Announces 2021 Finalists for the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program

The 74 finalists in the 2021 class represent 27 of the 34 Sea Grant programs. This year’s class includes early career professionals who have diverse backgrounds and experiences. Since 1979, over 1,400 fellows have completed the program, becoming leaders in science, policy, and public administration roles.

12 weeks, thousands of kids: How NOAA Live! connected students to science at home

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12 weeks, thousands of kids: How NOAA Live! connected students to science at home

When Nicole Bartlett with NOAA’s Regional Collaboration network reached out to Grace Simpkins, an educator with Woods Hole Sea Grant, to ask about offering a webinar for students during the stay-at-home orders, Grace initially wanted to keep things simple. “Maybe [we can offer] one webinar,” she thought. “Okay, maybe three...” Twelve weeks and 35 webinars later, the NOAA Live! 4 Kids series had reached 4,900 live participants, providing opportunities for kids across the country and around the world to interact with scientists and learn about careers at NOAA.

Ten Weeks for a Formative Experience: Wisconsin Sea Grant offers adapted summer undergraduate internships

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Ten Weeks for a Formative Experience: Wisconsin Sea Grant offers adapted summer undergraduate internships

Ten weeks can be fleeting. Even though the days may pass quickly, they can be momentous ones. At Wisconsin Sea Grant this summer, the hope is that for eight undergraduates 70 days will be formative. The eight students are participating in an inaugural internship program targeted toward underserved and indigenous communities, rich in mentoring and, in three of the five opportunities, focused on tribal issues.  

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