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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.

Types of Internships Available

Summer Internship: Summer internships are paid, typically begin in the first week of June, and require an intern to work 40 hours per week for between eight and ten weeks. Depending on the position, summer internships are offered either in Savannah, Athens, or Brunswick, Georgia. Application period for summer internships typically runs from December to March.

Current Opportunities

None at this time

Fall or Spring Semester Internship, For Academic Credit: These non-paid internships give students an opportunity to get hands-on experience during the semester while earning credit through his/her institution. In order to receive credit for an internship, student must see an academic advisor prior to submitting a pre-application for the internship. Semester-based internships run 10-12 weeks and have a more flexible weekly schedule to accommodate a student’s scholarly obligations. In order to receive credit at the end of his/her internship term, a student must complete a project that he/she has worked to develop with the intern supervisor. The project will be mutually beneficial to the intern as well as the organization.

Applications for fall internships are due by August 10, 2020. 

Current Opportunities

Pre-K – 4 Education Internship (only offered in spring)
Aquarium Science Internship
(offered in fall and spring)
Public Programs Internship
(offered in fall and spring) 
Boat Operations Internship (offered in fall and spring)
Phytoplankton Internship
(offered in fall and spring)
Resilience Internship
(offered in fall and spring)
Microplastics Internship
(offered in spring)

Fall or Spring Semester Internship, Not For Academic Credit: These non-paid internships are designed to give students hands-on experience in the field of marine and environmental sciences. Semester-based internships run 10-12 weeks and have a more flexible weekly schedule to accommodate a student’s scholarly obligations. At the completion of the internship, the student must complete a presentation for UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant faculty and staff that shows what he/she has learned through the internship.

Applications for fall internships are due by August 10, 2020. 

Current Opportunities

Pre-K – 4 Education Internship (offered in spring)
Aquarium Science Internship
(offered in fall and spring)
Public Programs Internship
(offered in fall and spring)
Boat Operations Internship
(offered in fall and spring)
Phytoplankton Internship
(offered in fall and spring)
Resilience Internship
(offered in fall and spring)
Microplastics Internship
(offered in spring)

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.

 

 

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