Internship Opportunities

Earn credit and gain hands-on experience through Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant
internship opportunities.

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Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant provides internship opportunities for undergraduate students from colleges and universities across the state. These internships are geared towards students interested in expanding their practical experience through public service, outreach, education, communications and scientific research. Students who want to learn more about environmental education, marine science, fisheries and aquaculture, water quality, sustainable landscapes, coastal hazards and coastal water resources or stormwater management are welcome to apply for an internship at one of our three locations based on his or her interests. Depending on the student’s home institution, it may be possible to earn credit hours for internship work with Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant at one of our three locations; Athens, Savannah or Brunswick.

Application Process

An internship application is required to be considered for any internship with Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, regardless of location or compensation. Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant offers both paid and unpaid internships.

The deadline to apply for summer 2019 internship opportunities (listed below) is March. 1, 2019 by 5:00 p.m.

To apply, fill out the internship application form. Please submit your application to marineinternship@uga.edu with the subject line “Application for Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant Internship.” Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

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Internship Opportunities

Current internship opportunities are listed below. If you’re interested in other topics, explore our website to learn more about our focus areas.

Microplastics Internship (Savannah, Georgia) 
The microplastics summer internship is an excellent learning opportunity for an undergraduate student to gain practical work experience both in the field and in the lab researching microplastic pollution. The internship is intended to give an undergraduate student the opportunity to work on ongoing research efforts focused on microplastic distribution and abundance in coastal waterways including ingestion of microplastics by estuarine organisms. The intern will work closely with researchers and environmental educators. To learn more about this opportunity, email Dodie Sanders at sandersd@uga.edu.

Public Programs Internship (Savannah, Georgia)
The public programs internship is offered May 29-July 31, 2019 at the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium. The intern will assist with all aspects of public programming including teaching, program evaluation, data entry and event coordination. Examples of public programs include behind the scenes aquarium tours, turtle talks, and guided salt marsh and forest hikes. There will be a two-week training period before the intern begins teaching. Housing and daily lunch provided. To learn more about this opportunity, email Kayla Clark at kayla270@uga.edu.

Stormwater Program Internship (Brunswick, Georgia)
The stormwater program summer internship is designed to provide a structured, short-term work assignment with Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant’s Stormwater program. The internship is designed to enhance skills learned in the classroom and apply those skills while working under the direct supervision of a licensed professional water resources engineer. The intern will assist with field assessments, hydrologic/hydraulic modeling, monitoring of stormwater green infrastructure, blue/green infrastructure design, project management, and the construction of stormwater management features. To learn more about this opportunity, email Jess Brown at jtrbrown@uga.edu.

Communications Internship (Brunswick, Savannah or Athens, Georgia) 
The communications internship is designed to provide practical work experience in communicating research, extension and education activities to diverse audiences in coastal Georgia. The intern will work closely with the communications director as well as extension and education specialists to promote programmatic initiatives through various communications platforms, including the program’s website, social media and e-newsletter. To learn more about this opportunity, email Emily Woodward at ewoodward@uga.edu.

Phytoplankton Monitoring Network Internship (Savannah, Georgia)
The phytoplankton monitoring summer internship, offered May 29 – July 31 2019, is part of an ongoing citizen science research project in partnership with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The intern will work with closely with UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium staff to assist with the sampling of coastal waters and analyzing data that’s been collected at the site for over ten years. The intern will have support from NOAA’s Phytoplankton Monitoring Network staff and co-authorship for any resulting publications. To learn more about this opportunity, email Katie Higgins at kt.higgins@uga.edu.

Horseshoe Crab Husbandry Internship (Brunswick, GA)
The horseshoe crab husbandry internship is designed to provide an undergraduate student the unique opportunity to monitor the health and behavior of captive horseshoe crabs held in a semi-natural environment as part of an ongoing study investigating the feasibility of horseshoe crab aquaculture. The intern will work closely with Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant staff in the field to perform tasks related to animal husbandry, water quality testing, enclosure maintenance, data collection and public outreach. To learn more about this opportunity, email Bryan Fluech at fluech@uga.edu

Marine Careers Internship (Brunswick, Savannah or Athens, Georgia)
The Marine Careers Summer Internship will be offered May 29 – July 31, 2019. The intern will work with extension professionals on a range of ongoing projects at Marine Extension’s Brunswick Advisory Station, Shellfish Research Lab, and Marine Education Center and Aquarium. The intern will assist project team members on a number of fisheries, storm water, marine plastics, oyster aquaculture, and marine education objectives. Housing and daily lunch provided. To learn more about this opportunity, email Anne Lindsay at lindsaya@uga.edu.

Summer Camp Internship (Savannah, Georgia)
The summer camp intern will work with marine education faculty to supervise and lead summer camp activities for small teams of camp participants at the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium near Savannah, Ga. The intern will assist in daily preparations, instruction and camper supervision. Housing and daily lunch provided. To learn more about this opportunity, email Anne Lindsay at lindsaya@uga.edu.

Aquarium Science Internship (Savannah, Georgia)
The aquarium science intern will work with aquarium curators to perform tasks related to animal husbandry, tank maintenance, and public engagement during interactions with visitors at the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium near Savannah, Ga. The intern will have the opportunity to work with a diverse group of people and marine life, and learn about aquarium systems. Housing and daily lunch provided. To learn more about this opportunity, email Anne Lindsay at lindsaya@uga.edu.

Facilities Operations Internship (Savannah, Georgia)
The facilities operation internship is designed to provide an undergraduate student with a broad overview of education and research facilities management.  The facilities operations intern will work with a seasoned professional facilities manager at the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium near Savannah, Ga. The intern will assist in daily maintenance, repair, and installation of mechanical equipment. Housing and daily lunch provided. To learn more about this opportunity, email Anne Lindsay at lindsaya@uga.edu.

Coastal Septics Program Summer Internship (Athens, Georgia) 
The septic summer internship is designed to provide a structured, short-term work assignment to identify undocumented septics and enter data from septic permits into databases. Some travel to the coast to collect septic data from Public Health Departments may be required. This is a good opportunity for a student interested in GIS or computer programming to work with our team on developing an automated model for entering data and improving the our manual data entry process. To learn more about this opportunity, email Mark Risse at mrisse@uga.edu.

Shellfish Research Internship (Savannah, Georgia)
The shellfish lab internship is designed to introduce and teach skills dealing with shellfish aquaculture, hatchery, algae culture and living shorelines. The work is set up to allow for greater understanding of shellfish aquaculture and introduce science-based learning to provide technical training and further develop their education through experiential learning. To learn more about this opportunity, email Tom Bliss at tbliss@uga.edu.

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