Sea Grant Community Engaged Undergraduate Internship

Applications for 2021 closed in March. The next application period for summer 2022 will open in November 2021. Please contact CEI coordinator Davin Holen if you have any questions or if you are interested in hosting a student in 2022.

Sea Grant, a network of 34 programs across the United States, is accepting applications for paid summer internships for undergraduate students from indigenous or underrepresented communities who are pursuing careers in marine policy, marine science, science communication or other STEM-related field. The interns will work under the supervision of Sea Grant mentors or scientists working on Sea Grant-funded projects. They will gain job experience as they support Sea Grant’s work to enhance the sustainable use and conservation of marine, coastal and watershed resources. The intern may be based at a Sea Grant office or at a partner organization. Sea Grant’s community-engaged internship will last for 10–weeks during the summer, working 40 hours a week.

Selected students will be awarded approximately a $5,000 stipend. Locations and stipends vary by location in Alaska. Any undergraduate college student who will have completed the equivalent of one semester of full-time study by the conclusion of the spring semester and who will be enrolled in any accredited U.S. college or university in the fall of may apply. Students who will have graduated with an undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university during an academic year are eligible for the internship that following summer.

Project descriptions, intern responsibilities, locations, work settings, and qualifications for future summer internships will be determined closer to summer 2021.

Applications will be available in November 2021 for the summer 2022 season. We hope to have on location internships available by summer 2022; however, this will be contingent on the University policy related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information, visit the Community Engaged Internship for Undergraduate Students website, or contact Alaska Sea Grant’s Davin Holen, a member of the team that developed this program.

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