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
- Conservation Job Board
- 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.
- Ocean Conservancy Job Board
- Josh’s Water Jobs Board
Lists marine related positions
- Delaware Center for the Inland Bays
- Coral Restoration Foundation Internships -lists upcoming internship opportunities with start, end, application period and notification of acceptance dates.
- Gulf of Main Research Institute - jobs and internship opportunities
- The Fund for the Public Interest is a nonprofit organization that builds people power for America’s leading environmental and public interest organization. See site for summer job opportunities
- SCA - Student Conservation Association internships are posted as they become available. Summer internships typically start to be posted around December-January.
- Global Water Futures (GWF) - positions posted with GWF are located at all affiliated institutions (find location in the job title).
Specific Internship Opportunities and Deadlines
Below are some individual opportunities, instead of more general searches, most of which are paid opportunities. Deadlines are listed for 2021, but many internship programs are likely to be offered in subsequent years. You can also search by the same job tile and organization in internet search engines for more information.
PLEASE NOTE: Application deadlines are included where possible, but confirm deadlines on each program website.
New England Science & Sailing Foundation (‘NESS’) is a nationally recognized and award-winning 501(c)(3) nonprofit ocean adventure education organization that provides students, of all ages and backgrounds, with year-round programming that includes marine science, sailing, and water sports. NESS’s scholastic programs support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curricula in over 70 schools and organizations with a unique combination of on-the-water and in-the-classroom lessons intended to build confidence, teamwork, and leadership skills. NESS is the first school partner program accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and has been recognized by US Sailing as the top community sailing program in the United States. NESS serves over 9,000 students annually across New England. Since its inception, NESS has enabled more than 35,000 students to get out on the water.
Two opportunities are linked below:
Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory is planning to hire three technicians (6-9 month appointments) that will each focus primarily on one of three projects:
- Oyster population ecology and stock assessment
- Evaluating impacts of windfarm installation on fish and shellfish
- Evaluating impacts of windfarm installation on fish and shellfish
This is a great opportunity for new graduates or for anyone looking to gain additional field experience. It is encouraged when applying, to include in a cover letter what project most interests you.
(HARRISBURG, PA) - Pennsylvania Sea Grant is excited to offer three paid summer internship opportunities for undergraduate students seeking to gain experience in the areas of outreach, education, and economics. Applications are now being accepted. Opportunities include evaluating the economic impacts of the Program’s activities; assisting education program planning focused on climate literacy, educator professional development, and action-oriented stewardship projects; and assisting with aquatic invasive species (AIS) outreach materials and resources, and general outreach efforts to advance AIS education.
The purpose of the internships is to contribute to a diverse ocean and Great Lakes workforce that understands technical and social challenges facing coastal communities and the natural environment. The experience will help prepare undergraduate students for graduate school and careers in science, policy, management, and outreach focused on oceans, Great Lakes, and watersheds. Full details about the internship opportunity are available online.
The internships are offered in Pennsylvania as part of the Community Engaged Internship (CEI) program, which is offered by Sea Grant programs across the country. This program encourages applicants from groups historically underrepresented in the sciences, including African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic and Latino, female, first-generation college students, veterans, LGBTQ+, and students with disabilities. In addition, the program welcomes applications from students who have worked to overcome educational or economic disadvantages or who have personal or family circumstances that may complicate their career paths.
Interviews will begin after March 6, 2023. The positions would begin in early June 2023 into August. Apply electronically. Applications will be reviewed until the positions are filled. Pennsylvania Sea Grant also offers graduate level fellowships, early-career fellowships, research, and regionally based fellowship opportunities.
- Three positions available beginning June 2023, Areas of focus include Economic Impacts, Environmental Literacy & Workforce Development and Aquatic Invasive Species.
Deadline to apply is 3/15/23. Find the application here. (if you’ve slightly missed the deadline, you might still want to apply, based on previous experiences)
Tentative schedule (everything is subject to how things/rules are with covid) of ships that you could apply to go on:
- June 7-13, Seward to Nome – R/V Sikuliaq
- June 15-24, Honolulu to Seward – R/V Kilo Moana
- July 15-23, St. Petersburg, FL to Narragansett – R/V Endeavor
- August 1-6, San Diego to Astoria– R/V Atlantis
- August 3-7, San Diego to Newport – R/V Sally Ride
- November 11-17, Seattle to Honolulu – R/V Thompson
The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) has received funding from the National Science Foundation (Award number OCE-2050858), for the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program to support nine internships for undergraduate student research at BIOS in Fall 2023 (starts August 28 – end November 17). An REU internship at BIOS is a great way to gain the experience necessary to embark on graduate studies or careers in the marine and ocean sciences.
Funding includes air fare (from and to the U.S.) campus accoodation and all meals. Each successful REU applicant will also receive a competitive stipend. This life-changing 12-week program provides participants with the opportunity to conduct intensive, hands-on individual research projects in a collaborative team environment under the expert mentorship of BIOS faculty and staff.
This years REU projects will be based around the following broad research themes:
- Coral Reef Function and Resilience
- Planktonic Life: Size, abundance and community structure
- Marine Microbial Oceanography
The Wetlands Institute is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) educational and research facility focused on salt marsh and coastal ecosystem preservation. The Institute’s mission is to promote appreciation, understanding, and stewardship of wetlands and coastal ecosystems through programs in research, education, and conservation. From its inception, The Wetlands Institute has pioneered a number of research, education, and conservation programs about wetlands and coastal ecosystems, and worked with numerous regional, national, and international organizations to foster stewardship of these resources worldwide.
There are a variety of available positions including summer nature program instructor, coastal conservation research intern, seasonal naturalist, customer service sales associate, science education at sea instructor, and environmental education intern.
If you want to work for an organization that is fun, fast-paced, and focused on inspiring environmental education, research, and conservation, then The Wetlands Institute is the place for you!
The “Aquatic Sciences, Engineering, and Technology (ASET) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)” program at Clarkson University (CU) is a 10-week immersive research experience serving ten (10) undergraduates per year. Our program renewal proposal was just awarded funding by NSF, thus we are announcing our summer 2023 program and opening our application portal. ASET-REU interns will have opportunities to conduct research in a range of disciplines organized in broad categories of 1) Aquatic Natural Sciences, 2) Aquatic Sustainability Sciences, and 3) Aquatic Resource Engineering. ASET will focus on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River watershed environmental research. The program includes a programmatic emphasis on Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River with the community of Akwesasne (St. Regis Mohawk Tribe).
The program outcomes are to 1) develop a Scholar’s research experience; 2) develop a diverse, supportive, and inclusive learning community; 3) strengthen Scholars’ skills to create and evaluate communication products; 4) foster Scholars’ evaluation of the ethical and legal aspects in research; 5) validate the Scholars’ academic path and facilitate degree completion in a STEM-related field; and 6) encourage Scholars to choose a career in STEM in aquatics. This award is supported by the Directorate of Biological Sciences and the Division of Ocean Sciences.
- Program Dates: Monday 22 May through Friday 28 July 2023 (Arrive Monday 5/22; Leave Friday 7/28)
- Research Topics: Aquatic Natural Sciences, Aquatic Sustainability Sciences, and Aquatic Resource Engineering, Environmental Monitoring, Smart Devices and Sensors for Water Management, Emerging Contaminants Remediation and Wastewater Treatment
- Location: Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York
- Financial Package: Participants will receive 1) a $6000 stipend, 2) 1 round trip airfare to and from airport (we book and pay), 3) transportation to and from airport to Potsdam, and 4) and on-campus housing (2-4 bedrooms per apartment; limited single bedrooms) with a common apartment kitchenette for the 10-week period. Note: at this time there is no summer food services on campus, thus students are expected to prepare/arrange their own meals.
- Application deadline: Friday, March 24, 2023 at 11:59 Eastern U.S.; or until positions are filled
- Anticipated First-Round Offers: Friday, April 7, 2023
The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) offers university-level summer courses, designed to immerse students in the study of marine science, with a 3-week program of coursework and research that is unique in marine science education. Founded in 1903, BIOS is a world-class ocean science research and education facility.
BIOS summer courses in marine science provide undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to expand their studies into subtropical environment and/or to investigate topics in ocean science, which are not offered within the curricula of their home institutions. BIOS has quick and easy access to a diverse array of subtropical marine habitats which, combined with lectures, discussions and integrated field work and laboratory exercises, provide an optimal environment for experiential learning.
Students of all nationalities can apply to BIOS for partial scholarships to assist with the course fees (which includes 3-weeks tuition, campus accommodation and meals). Students may obtain academic credit for these courses, subject to approval from their home institution. Course details, syllabus, scholarship information and application instructions are available on our Summer Courses web page.
Deadline to submit applications is April 30. All complete applications received by the closing date will be considered in the first round of admissions and scholarship allocations. Late applications will be considered until courses are full.
Research Diving Methods: June 26-July 14 by Instructor Kyla Smith (BIOS)
Tropical Marine Ecology: June 26-July14 by Instructor Dr. Samantha de Putron (BIOS)
Coral Reef Ecology: Functional Ecology of Coral Reefs: July 17-August 4 by Instructor Dr. Eric Hochberg (BIOS)
Please see the links below for some paid undergrad internship (apprenticeship) opportunities this summer. To qualify for this program, you must not graduate before December 2023. The first three positions will be based in Biloxi, MS at the MSU Coastal Research and Extension Center. The fourth position (urban wildlife) will be based in Raymond, MS at the MSU Central Research and Extension Center. The application deadline for this opportunity is February 14th. Please see the links below for more information about the program and specific opportunities.
Positions and their information can be found below:
- Coastal Conservation and Restoration (PI Eric Sparks)
- Marine Debris and Litter (PI Eric Sparks)
- Sea Level Rise and Flood Resilience (PI Andrew Medhurst)
- Urban Wildlife (PI Adam Rohnke)
Online application portal for all opportunities can be found here - https://msudafvm.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3xXZbKSL6qK5dmS.
Are you looking for a summer research internship studying ocean, coastal or environmental science? I invite you to check out the Maryland Sea Grant Summer REU program. We bring upper-level undergraduate students to the Chesapeake Bay to conduct individual research projects with a scientist-mentor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. We select undergrads in many disciplines, including engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, ecology and marine and environmental science. Our program runs for 12-weeks from May 22 to August 13, 2023.Each REU fellow will receive:
- $7,200 stipend
- Free housing at your research lab
- Round-trip travel expenses
In particular, we encourage students from colleges and universities where access to marine science and to research opportunities is limited and who are from groups traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math. We believe bringing together students from many disciplines, backgrounds and parts of the country makes for a more interesting and educational summer experience.
They are accepting applications for the 2023 class now through February 15. We held our first in-person REU this past summer and expect to hold summer 2023 in-person as well. We recognize that the state of the pandemic may impact how the program operates. Please visit our website to find out more (www.mdsg.umd.edu/reu) or drop me a note at email@example.com.
- Download our program flyer
- 12-week program: May 22 to August 13, 2023
- $7,200 stipend plus housing and travel support to and from host institution
- Funded by the National Science Foundation and thus limited to US citizens or permanent residents
- Applications due: February 15, 2023
All RIOS internships are full for the summer of 2022, for summer of 2023 applications are due in February.
RIOS is an undergraduate research program that will introduce you to an active and collaborative ocean research environment. With support from the National Science Foundation, you will conduct ocean research over a paid, 10-week summer internship offered by the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Continuing undergraduate students pursuing majors in environmental sciences, engineering, geology, biology, physics, or mathematics are encouraged to apply.
- You will interact with scientific leaders in ocean and environmental research
- You will start building a network of contacts for a future science career and advanced graduate study
- You will gain research, proposal writing, and presentation skills
- You will get a $6,000 stipend, free room, and paid travel expenses*
- You will be close to New York City, Philadelphia, and the New Jersey shore
RISE at Rutgers
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. (Rolling admissions; spaces filled by March 1st)
Check the page linked above for summer events and dates of symposiums.
University of Maine Darling Marine Center based labs and projects are looking to fill paid summer internship positions with undergraduate students. Opportunities are posted as they become available (typically February-April, each year). Hiring is done by individual faculty and visiting researchers.