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Are you a recent or soon to be college graduate looking for an opportunity in science policy or management? Apply to join the Maryland Sea Grant (MDSG) team as a Science Management and Policy Intern. This one to two year internship will offer experience working with an environmentally focused university organization dedicated to research, education, and outreach. This position will provide fundamental training for interns to transition to graduate school or the private, nonprofit, or governmental sectors. As part of the internship, you will be expected to complete 2-3 special projects, participate in several professional development trainings, and contribute to the administration of our main office.
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 intern will also be exposed to the cutting-edge research funded by Maryland Sea Grant and environmental organizations throughout the state of Maryland. The intern will have a direct supervisor at the Maryland Sea Grant office to help guide them through learning the various duties. Other mentors will provide guidance for specific projects throughout the internship. There may also be other special project opportunities outside of those discussed above as the internship evolves.
To be eligible for this internship, you must complete your bachelor’s degree in natural, social, or environmental sciences or policy by the end of the fall semester (December 2021). The program is targeted to recent graduates (within 3 years of your undergraduate degree). Individuals with a master's or other higher degree are not eligible. The university requires that all new employees provide proof of vaccination against the COVID-19 virus.
Maryland Sea Grant and the National Sea Grant College Program champion diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) by recruiting, retaining, and preparing a diverse workforce, and proactively engaging and serving the diverse populations of coastal communities. Sea Grant is committed to building inclusive research, extension, communication, and education programs that serve people with unique backgrounds, circumstances, needs, perspectives and ways of thinking. We encourage applicants of all ages, races, ethnicities, national origins, gender identities, sexual orientations, disabilities, cultures, religions, citizenship types, marital statuses, veteran status types, and socioeconomic status types to apply for this opportunity.
We are seeking a motivated candidate that is open to learning about and tackling new challenges, brings a positive, inquisitive attitude towards projects and tasks, and has an interest in the Chesapeake Bay science policy and management. Some specifics include:
This internship term will be for one year with the potential to renew for a second year based on funding availability. The internship is a full-time, 40 hours per week, Contractual Contingent 2 position at Maryland Sea Grant’s office in College Park, Maryland. The intern will be paid an annual salary of $35,000 as well as benefits including health insurance, tuition remission, and generous leave. In early 2022, it is expected that the internship will be a mix of in-person and remote work.
To apply, please submit your application through our internship portal by Friday, January 7, 2022. Your application must include the following:
We will seek to identify interns who most closely identify with MDSG’s mission to support research, education, and outreach to advance understanding and sustainability of the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland Coastal Bays, and their watersheds. We are particularly interested in individuals that demonstrate how this internship will jumpstart their career. Applications will be reviewed by the selection committee based on the quality of the personal and career goals statement; academic record; additional relevant experience related to diversity of education, extra-curricular activities, honors and awards work and life experience, and interpersonal communication skills; and the potential impact of the internship on the applicant's career.
The most qualified applicants will be selected to interview with the Maryland Sea Grant selection committee.
As a student at Duke University, Eva May received a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences, with a minor in biology, as well as a certificate in marine science and conservation leadership. Her time at Duke taught her what a career in marine science could look like. While she enjoyed rehabilitating and researching sea turtles and parrotfish hatchlings, she also learned the ways in which her research could facilitate changes in fisheries management and in ecosystems as a whole.
May’s course work exposed her to several marine coastal areas, including the Chesapeake Bay. Her knowledge of the region, combined with her broad interest in marine sciences, made her a great fit for Maryland Sea Grant.
As a Sea Grant Fellow, May worked on education, policy and law projects, culminating in the Maryland Sea Grant Coastal Law and Policy Roundtable in 2019. After the fellowship, she returned to Duke to pursue a master's degree in coastal environmental management .
Dr. Michael Allen, Associate Director for Research and Administration
Maryland Sea Grant College
Photograph credit: Lisa Tossey / MDSG