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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, water resources or stormwater management are welcome to apply for an internship. 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.

Pre-Application Process

Prospective interns must fill out a pre-application in order to be considered for an internship with Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, regardless of location or compensation.

The pre-application is available here. 

The deadline to submit a pre-application for the summer 2020 internship opportunities (listed below) is March. 13, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. If you have questions about these opportunities, please email marineinternship@uga.edu. 

If you’re interested in learning about the year-long Marine Education Fellowshipclick here.

Experiential Learning Credits

Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant’s summer internships are approved Experiential Learning opportunities. Experiential learning gives students hands-on opportunities to connect their academic foundations to the world beyond the classroom. Any student applying for one of our internship opportunities can apply for experiential learning credits.

If you are an undergraduate student at UGA and you are considering applying for one of our internships, click here to find out about UGA’s Experiential Learning Scholarships. These scholarships support undergraduate students pursuing approved experiential learning activities. Deadline to apply for the scholarships is Feb. 10, 2020.

Community Engaged Internships

Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant recognizes that the success of our program lies in the full inclusion and participation of diverse individuals who bring a range of perspectives, values and tools to bear on major issues related to Georgia’s ocean, coastal and marine environments. We are committed to creating a well-trained, responsible and creative workforce that is able to address complex issues and develop innovative solutions. Our Community-Engaged Internship (CEI) program aims to broaden participation of historically underrepresented individuals and communities in ocean, coastal and marine sciences. We hope to do so by providing participating interns with:

  • Authentic research, education or outreach experiences
  • Means to explore academic achievement and career opportunities through education and professional development opportunities
  • Open and supportive environment conducive to the development of multicultural competence
  • Cohort-based mentoring
  • Access to resources

Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant invites students from multiple STEM disciplines — including chemistry, ecology, engineering, geography, mathematics, marine sciences, meteorology, physics, and the social sciences — to deepen their expertise and understanding of our ocean, coastal and marine resources. In particular, we encourage a broad range of students to apply from groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences, including Black or African-American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, female, first-generation college students, veterans, LGBTQ+ ,and students with disabilities. We also welcome students who have experienced, and worked to overcome, educational or economic disadvantages, and/or who have personal or family circumstances that may complicate their continued progress in research careers.

Internship Opportunities

Current internship opportunities are listed below. Click on the full internship description under each opportunity for more details and contact information. If you’re interested in other topics, explore our website to learn more about our focus areas.

Pre-K – 4 Education Internship (Savannah, Georgia – offered during the academic year)
The Pre-k Outreach Intern position is designed for an energetic individual who enjoys working with and has some background experience working with students age 4-10.  The intern will work with marine education faculty, staff, and volunteers to assist with and lead activities for groups of elementary students at the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium near Savannah, Georgia. The intern will help with set up, implementation, and clean up of Sea Star and Dive Down Deep programs at the aquarium. Credit towards a university may be available through the intern’s home institution, but must be discussed as an option before hiring. Read the full internship description to learn more about this opportunity. 

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. Read the full internship description to learn more about this opportunity. 

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. Read the full internship description to learn more about this opportunity.

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. The intern will also assist with the creation of print and electronic deliverables. Read the full internship description to learn more about this opportunity. 

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. Read the full internship description to learn more about this opportunity. 

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. Read the full internship description to learn more about this opportunity. 

Coastal Septics Program 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. Read the full internship description to learn more about this opportunity.

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. Read the full internship description to learn more about this opportunity. 

Water Quality Internship – 2 available (Brunswick, Georgia)
The water quality internship will provide an opportunity for two undergraduate students to gain practical work experience while participating in ongoing water quality monitoring and outreach projects with Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant’s Water Quality Program based in Brunswick. Overall, Water Quality Summer 2020 Interns will gain experience in water quality/ecological field monitoring, including field equipment maintenance and calibration; public outreach and community engagement; and youth education. Read the full internship description to learn more about this opportunity.

Socioeconomic Research Internship (Brunswick, Georgia)
The socioeconomic research intern will assist in implementing a variety of economic analyses of Georgia’s marine resources. Research topics may include estimating the economic impacts of recreational and For-Hire fishing in the state, ecosystem service valuation of coastal systems, commercial fishing and seafood dealer operational structures studies, and economic impacts of coastal tourism in the state of Georgia. Work will involve conducting large amounts survey mailings, conducting field interviews, performing data entry of survey responses, and fielding phone calls from respondents with questions or concerns. This assistant will also help with basic data cleaning, statistically analyses, and drafting reports. Read the full internship description to learn more about this opportunity. 

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