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Sea Grant Undergraduate Opportunities

Sea Grant internships and fellowships allow students to partner with various STEM organizations to promote professional development in new careers and expand leadership in their fields.



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. 

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Connecticut Sea Grant Undergraduate Research Fellowship


This fellowship seeks to broaden participation of underrepresented/underserved students in marine and coastal professions by providing early career experience, training and mentorship to the next generation of scientists, decision makers and marine industry professionals. Up to two fellowships, each with a $5,000 stipend, will be offered this summer to enable selected students to conduct independent research under the guidance of a research mentor. The application process requires submission of a mentor-proposed natural or social science-based research project and a student nomination for the research fellowship. 

Marine Education Internship Georgia

The Marine Education Internship is designed for recent college graduates who would like experience in teaching marine science and coastal ecology. Interns work alongside scientists and educators of the University of Georgia Marine Extension Service to assist in educating the public about marine science. Internships are available to college graduates with a Bachelor of Science degree. Graduates with majors in environmental studies, marine/natural science, education or other science concentrations may be particularly interested in pursuing these opportunities.

Peter J. Rappa Sustainable Coastal Development Fellowship


The Sustainable Coastal Development (SCD) Fellow will be involved in aspects of coastal sustainability and resilience and work with the Hawai'i Sea Grant Centers of Excellence. The Fellow will work to bring attention to sustainable coastal development through research, extension and community-based education in topics of coastal smart growth and community planning and their integration with hazard mitigation and climate change adaptation.

Summer Undergraduate Student Internship Program Illinois-Indiana

The IISG Summer Internship Program is open to undergraduates enrolled in an institution of higher education. Interns will work closely with IISG specialists on issues affecting Lake Michigan. Internships can include outreach, education and research components.

Maryland Sea Grant Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Maryland

Maryland Sea Grant offers undergraduates the opportunity to conduct marine research on the Chesapeake Bay during the summer. During this 12‐week program, each student will work with a science mentor on an individual research project at one of two marine labs located on Chesapeake Bay: the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s (UMCES) Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons, MD or Horn Point Laboratory in Cambridge, MD.

MIT Sea Grant Internships MIT

MIT Sea Grant works with student interns who contribute to research with our Marine Advisory Services group, the Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Lab, the Design Lab for naval architecture and systems, the Ocean Engineering and Education Lab, and the Biology Lab. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to email for more information on current opportunities.

Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program  


This fellowship program provides students with an opportunity to conduct research in the Great Lakes region under the mentorship of an individual scientist or professional. Summer fellowships are available in a broad range of fields including Aquatic Ecology, Outreach and Education, Data Analysis, Fisheries and Oceanography.

Minnesota Sea Grant Internships Minnesota

Minnesota Sea Grant offers internships to graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in Minnesota colleges and universities. Interns apply their knowledge and skills acquired through coursework to help Minnesota Sea Grant fulfill its mission. Interns can work in the areas of outreach, communication, education or research.

Summer Coastal Science Fellowship for Minority Undergraduates


Coastal Science Fellows will work with mentors to design and complete fellowship projects. Topics may include fisheries, aquaculture, community resilience, habitat restoration, coastal tourism, environmental literacy, workforce development and other issues of importance to coastal ecosystems and communities. The 10-week fellowship will take place on the Alabama or Mississippi Gulf Coast. Current juniors from Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Alabama and Mississippi may apply.

Undergraduate Apprenticeship Program Mississippi-Alabama

Please see the links below for paid undergraduate internship (apprenticeship) opportunities for summer 2021, offering research & extension experience related to coastal conservation & restoration, helping communities plan for sea level rise, or urban wildlife. To qualify for this program, you must not graduate before December 2021. The first two positions (Sparks and Collini) will be based in Biloxi, MS at the MSU Coastal Research and Extension Center. The third position (Rohnke) will be based in Raymond, MS at the MSU Central Research and Extension Center. The application deadline for these opportunities is February 14, 2021.

Sea Grant Law Diversity Internship Program National Sea Grant Law Center

The National Sea Grant Law Center (NSGLC) developed a pilot Sea Grant Law Diversity Internship Program (SGLDIP) in 2020 and recently opened the application period for 2021. The internship seeks to provide experiential learning opportunities in the field of ocean, coastal and Great Lakes law to a law school student from a diverse background. Over the course of the 10-week internship, the intern receives both national and state-level research and professional development experience. Whether in person or virtual, the internship aims to give the intern a unique opportunity to enhance his or her legal education by conducting research and outreach alongside NSGLC attorneys and SGLDIP project partner attorneys.

Brian Doyle Undergraduate Marine Extension Fellowships

New Hampshire

                Fellows spend the summer working with New Hampshire Sea Grant staff to help individuals and organizations make informed decisions regarding marine resources. These paid opportunities are appropriate for a wide range of majors and lead to students participating in such program areas as fisheries and aquaculture, marine literacy, coastal communities and climate adaptation and communications.

Undergraduate Ocean Research Program New Hampshire TECH 797 is a senior design course alternative that offers financial support for projects in the marine area. Interdisciplinary teams of three to five students work with a sponsoring faculty member on his or her research project. During the year-long course, team members must work with corporate, business, and research communities to complete their projects.

Stone Lab Summer Course Offerings


Stone Lab offers one-day, two-day, one-week or four- and six-week science courses as well as the six-week Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Scholarship Program. Courses can also be taken as a non-credit workshop with the approval of the instructor. Video

Oregon Applied Sustainability Experience Oregon

This internship matches undergraduate students with an Oregon business to create sustainability solutions for industry practices. During this 10-week internship, interns conduct research that can help improve efficiency, save money, and reduce waste. Project topics include energy or water audits toxics reduction, green chemistry, and life cycle assessment.

Oregon Sea Grant Summer Scholars Oregon

The Oregon Sea Grant Summer Scholars Program is a PAID 10-week program that places undergraduate students from around the country with a variety of Oregon-based host organizations (tribal, public agency, non-profit, non-governmental). It provides a diversity of students with hands-on experience under the mentorship of a career professional. Scholars can assist host agencies with field work, lab work, analyses, research, policy development, and outreach and public engagement efforts. The program helps prepare undergraduate students for graduate school, as well as careers in marine science, policy, management and outreach.

Pennsylvania Sea Grant Internships Pennsylvania

Undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at an institution of higher learning can apply for Pennsylvania Sea Grant internships, contingent upon available funding.

Coastal Fellowship

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Sea Grant sponsors undergraduate Coastal Fellows through the Coastal Fellows Program of University of Rhode Island's College of Environment and Life Sciences.

Writing and Reporting Undergraduate Internship Rhode Island

This paid internship offers University of Rhode Island undergraduate students the opportunity to develop their research, writing, and interviewing skills as they write stories to be published on Rhode Island Sea Grant's website, in the biannual magazine, 41°N, or through other Sea Grant media outlets.

Texas A&M University Undergraduate Research: Sea Grant Scholars Program Texas

Texas Sea Grant Scholars engage in a two-semester (fall/spring) research project, conducted under the supervision of a Texas A&M faculty mentor, that culminates in a public presentation and written thesis. Undergraduate students enrolled in any discipline at Texas A&M University are invited to submit proposals on marine-related issues.  Scholars will be eligible for an additional $1,000 supplement to their research budget for projects related to the marine environment.

Washington Sea Grant Science Communications Fellowship


Washington Sea Grant Science Communications Fellows work for two academic quarters on a range of communications projects, from writing pieces for Washington Sea Grant's Sea Star newsletter to developing web content. The fellows share marine knowledge with Sea Grant's many audiences and build portfolios that help them gain recognition as writers and communicators who break down barriers between scientific information and public understanding.


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