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Increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in coastal and marine science research is an important programmatic priority for Maryland Sea Grant and the National Sea Grant College Program. To further this priority, the National Sea Grant Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Traditional and Local Knowledge (TLK) communities of practice are implementing the Sea Grant Community-Engaged Internship (CEI) program for undergraduate students in summer 2021. CEI is designed to specifically engage 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. As such, we encourage applications from students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, individuals from minority serving institutions, and individuals from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds that have inhibited their ability to pursue a career in STEM.
The Maryland Sea Grant (MDSG) intern will be jointly mentored by the program's assistant directors, J. Adam Frederick (education) and Lisa Tossey (communications). The intern will assist the MDSG team virtually with the planning, production, and posting of education and outreach materials for use on the program's website and social media platforms. They will also have the opportunity to work on the production of one personal science outreach project, which will be co-developed virtually by the intern and MDSG mentors. These opportunities may include developing resources that will use a variety of science communication tools to expand on MDSG education initiatives that combine science literacy, education pedagogy, and biodiversity.
The internship will start after Memorial Day and is located at the Maryland Sea Grant offices in College Park, Maryland, but this summer's internship will be fully virtual due to current COVID-19 restrictions. The 10-week internship includes a stipend of $6,000.
You must be a current undergraduate from a Maryland or District of Columbia college or university seeking a degree in natural, social, or environmental sciences, environmental policy, education, or science communication.
The intern will join a network of students participating in similar programs across the country. The intern will be connected to virtual professional development opportunities through Maryland Sea Grant and other Sea Grant programs to expose the participants to career opportunities in Sea Grant and NOAA, and provide them with professional development to enhance their knowledge, skills, and abilities in ocean, coastal, and marine science disciplines.
To apply, visit our online application portal here: apply.mdsg.umd.edu
Applications will be evaluated during late April and students will be notified by Friday, May 7, 2021.
Logan Bilbrough, an undergraduate from Salisbury University, joined Maryland Sea Grant as a summer multimedia intern in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. He completed the internship remotely via teleconference and carefully planned socially distanced shoots, assisting with photography needs, social media campaigns, and video production. He also wrote a blog post, and researched and shot a film on a community restoration project in the the town of Templeville, Maryland, which will be released in April 2020.
See some of his work on this online portfolio.
Alexandra Grayson, an undergraduate from Howard University, interned with Maryland Sea Grant during 2018-2019 and researched and wrote a series on mussels in the Anacostia River.
Wyman Jones, an intern from Morgan State University, produced a video with Jalysa Mayo about the community of Smithville on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
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Maryland Sea Grant, located in College Park, is a federal-state partnership that supports scientific research, education, and outreach focused on restoring and preserving the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland’s Coastal Bays and watershed resources. We serve as a bridge between scientific expertise and the needs of people who manage, conserve, enjoy, and make their living from the Chesapeake Bay, America’s largest and most productive estuary.
The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, a research institution, is comprised of four laboratories, the Integration and Application Network, and Maryland Sea Grant, which are located in different regions throughout the state.