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Community Engaged Internship

Undergraduate Students

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

Download the advertisement for students (PDF)
Download FAQs for Sea Grant program hosts (PDF)
Questions about the program can be directed to seagrant.cei@gmail.com

Featured Programs

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.

View Opportunities

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 Internship dlholen@alaska.edu
Delaware Sustainability Research Intern athena.bi@deseu.org
Georgia Aquarium Education Internship kt.higgins@uga.edu
Curriculum Alignment Intern austin.heil@uga.edu
Hawai’i Peter J. Rappa Resilient and Sustainable Coasts Fellowship waltonm@hawaii.edu
Illinois-Indiana CEI-Shedd Aquarium ktepas@illinois.edu
CEI-National Park Service ktepas@illinois.edu
CEI-Chicago Wilderness Alliance ktepas@illinois.edu
Lake Champlain (Vermont) Lake Champlain Sea Grant Scholars Program kstepenu@uvm.edu
Law Center NSGLC Community Engaged Communications Internship tmharget@olemiss.edu
Louisiana Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) klea@lsu.edu
Michigan Undergraduate Environmental Internship msgfellowships@umich.edu
New Hampshire Doyle Undergraduate Fellowship NHSG.Fellowships@unh.edu
New York Long Island Sound-New York City Fellowship prh22@cornell.edu
Long Island Great South Bay Fellowship prh22@cornell.edu
Great Lakes Phytoplankton Monitoring Fellowship prh22@cornell.edu
Science Art Communications Fellowship prh22@cornell.edu
North Carolina Climate Justice Intern theight@coastal.edu
Wetlands Education Intern theight@coastal.edu
Pennsylvania Aqutic Invasive Species Outreach ars26@psu.edu
Economic Impacts srafferty@psu.edu
Environmental Literacy & Workforce Development mxn14@psu.edu
South Carolina Lowcountry Network Trawl to Trash Program brooke.saari@scseagrant.org
Charleston Heat Health Research Project amanda.guthrie@scseagrant.org
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 Awareness scarney@tamu.edu
Share the Shore Y’all plotkin@tamu.edu
Wisconsin Eat Wisconsin Fish Summer Outreach Scholar smoen@aqua.wisc.edu
Eat Wisconsin Fish Summer Outreach Scholar  ehauser@uwsp.edu
Woods Hole WHOI Sea Grant Communications Internship poonam.narotam@whoi.edu

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