Internship and Job Resources
A list of resources to help our current students and graduates land the perfect internship or job in both marine science and environmental studies.
Some General Search Links for Internships and Jobs
- The Ursinus College Career and Post-Graduate Development Office’s compiled list for each field. Find marine and environmental sciences under the sciences, social sciences, and humanities listings.
Pathways to Science
Also includes a link to look for NASA opportunities
- Pathways to Ocean Science
NSF Research Experience for Undergrads
Search under ocean sciences, social/behavioral/economic sciences, biological sciences, earth sciences, etc. Many opportunities – each with a different deadline/application.
- Opportunities through NOAA
- Opportunities through the Smithsonian
- Opportunities at NASA are located here and here. Upload one application and select position(s) to apply to, but note internship application dates may vary. This site might also be helpful for your job search.
Department of Interior
Including US Geological Survey, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, etc.
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences Job Board
Browse by type of position like internships, fellowships/scholarships, seasonal positions, full-time, post-doctoral, etc.
Specific Internship Opportunities and Deadlines
Below are some individual opportunities (as opposed to more general searches), most of which are paid opportunities.
PLEASE NOTE: We have tried to include application deadlines where possible, but be sure to confirm deadlines on each program websites. You can also search by the same job tile and organization in internet search engines.
Cooperative Institute for Modeling the Earth System (CIMES) Research Internship Program at Princeton University (deadline 1/15/21; needs contact info for references [not full letters] by then)
The Cooperative Institute for Modeling the Earth System (CIMES), the successor to the Cooperative Institute for Climate Science, at Princeton University in collaboration with NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) is recruiting both undergraduate and graduate students for 8-10 week research internships in atmospheric, oceanic and earth system science. Awardees will work with host scientists at the NOAA/GFDL, a world-leading center of earth system modeling, research and prediction. If Princeton University allows summer interns to physically work at Princeton/GFDL, students will receive a stipend of $700/week and a $300/week housing allowance for those interns not living at home, and reimbursement for travel from their home institution. Interns will have access to Princeton University rental housing. If Princeton University is still closed, then work will be performed remotely and interns will receive a stipend of $700/week.
RISE at Rutgers (Rolling deadline; reviews start late January; recommend application by 2/1)
is a nationally acclaimed summer research program for outstanding undergraduates from diverse backgrounds. Scholars participate in 10 weeks of cutting-edge research in the biological, physical, and social/ behavioral sciences, math, engineering, and exciting interdisciplinary areas under the guidance of carefully matched faculty mentors. A comprehensive professional development component, including GRE preparation, complements the research.
Coastal Research in Environmental Science and Technology (CREST) (deadline 2/1/21)
The Coastal Research in Environmental Science and Technology (CREST) program at the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston) is a 10-week immersive research experience serving 8 undergraduate scholars per year. CREST exposes these students to cutting edge, authentic, coastal environmental research at UMass Boston in an integrative transdisciplinary program. CREST focuses on coastal research that incorporates the natural and social sciences and leverages the existing research and educational programs within the School for the Environment at UMass Boston. And also here: Pathways to Science program.
The Foundations in Conservation Internship program aims to inspire and educate future conservation and environmental leaders from diverse backgrounds by providing a platform for traditionally underrepresented college students and graduates in the conservation field. Conservation Associates will participate in a four-month paid internship, gaining real-world, hands-on experience, receiving professional mentorship and participating in networking opportunities designed to equip students with a strong foundation for successful careers in conservation and beyond. Using Rushton Woods Preserve as a campus, there will be opportunities to participate in each of the Trust’s program areas - Land Stewardship, Land Protection, Watershed Protection, Bird Conservation and Community Farm.
RESESS Internship (deadline 2/1/21) (more geology focused, but read the criteria)
The RESESS Internship is a multi-summer internship program, primarily funded by the National Science Foundation, that is dedicated to increasing diversity in the geosciences. RESESS encourages applications from individuals who are members of a group that is historically underrepresented in the Earth sciences, and from students who can demonstrate experience working towards to raising awareness about the importance of the geosciences among broad or diverse segments of the population. This program is hosted by UNAVCO, Inc., in Boulder, Colorado.
The Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology (deadline 2/19/21) (will be virtual)
The Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology is an 11-week immersive research experience connecting undergraduate students to mentors and researchers in the pursuit of scientific inquiry. Harvard Forest is Harvard University’s world-class ecological research hub at the nexus of many national and international scientific networks, which Summer Program students leverage to conduct research and build their careers.
IRIS Internship program (deadline 2/1 with letters due 2/15) (need math and physics classes)
This NSF funded research experience for undergraduates (REU) provides interns with the opportunity to:
- conduct exciting research with state of the art geophysical data and leading researchers at IRIS institutions,
- develop an understanding of scientific inquiry, including designing and conducting scientific investigations, defending scientific arguments, and preparing publications,
- gather, manage, and convey information, using various skills, strategies, resources, and
- learn, use, and evaluate technologies for the collection and study of geophysical data.
SOARS/UCAR (deadline 2/15) Likely a virtual program
SOARS is dedicated to broadening participation in the atmospheric and related sciences. SOARS is an undergraduate to graduate program built around a summer research internship, mentoring by top scientists and engineers, and a supportive learning community. In addition to the summer internship, SOARS includes year-round support, funding to attend conferences and last-dollar tuition scholarships. Successful proteges are eligible to participate in the program for up to four years.
REU SeaGrant Maryland (deadline 2/19)
Maryland Sea Grant offers fifteen students the opportunity to conduct marine research on the Chesapeake Bay. During the 12-week program, each student works with a mentor on an individual research project. It’s a special opportunity to develop your research skills and interests by working with top science mentors studying America’s largest estuary.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Summer Student Fellowship (deadline by 2/5)
Summer Student Fellowships are awarded to undergraduate students who will have completed their junior year at colleges or universities by the start of the fellowship period. Students who will graduate before the fellowship begins are not eligible to apply. Preference is given to students studying in any of the fields of science or engineering including but not limited to the fields of biology, chemistry, engineering, geology, geophysics, mathematics, meteorology, physics, oceanography, and marine policy. Students must have at least a tentative interest in the ocean sciences, oceanographic engineering, mathematics, or marine policy. Through the Summer Student Fellowship program, WHOI’s aim is to provide promising students with a meaningful first-hand introduction to research in oceanography, oceanographic engineering, or marine policy.
The Woods Hole Partnership Education Program (PEP) (deadline 2/13)
The Woods Hole Partnership Education Program (PEP) is a multi-institutional program between the 6 Woods Hole scientific institutions and the academic partner, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. PEP is a 10-week program designed primarily for college juniors and seniors from underrepresented groups in marine and ocean sciences who want to spend a summer gaining practical experience in marine and environmental science. The program consists of a four-week course and a ten-week research project – all in the sea-side village of Woods Hole.
Study the potential impacts of global climate change stressors on organisms and ecosystems of the Atlantic Coastal Plain by participating in research experiences with faculty from the Institute for Coastal Plain Science (ICPS). The Georgia Southern University ICPS REU program in Coastal Plain Science is a summer research program supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Our program is an exciting opportunity for 10 undergraduate students to be awarded fellowships to actively engage in a 10 week interdisciplinary research experience.
UNAVCO Student Internship Program (USIP) (Deadline 2/1)
UNAVCO offers a paid internship that offers graduate and upper-level undergraduate students the opportunity to learn various aspects of geodesy research and education. UNAVCO offers unique internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. The UNAVCO Student Internship Program (USIP) internships are real-world work experiences related to the students’ major or career goal. As an intern, you will be an integral member of the UNAVCO team and play an important role by contributing your knowledge, skills, and abilities to specific projects. Our managers teach interns what it is like to work in a non-profit organization that facilitates geoscience research and education. In turn, we anticipate that you will play an important role in achieving project goals and that throughout the internship we are able to share expertise, leverage best practices and forge lasting relationships.