Internship Opportunities

*  At this time, we do not have any internship opportunities available. Please check back at a later time or contact Sean Rafferty for updates. 

Pennsylvania Sea Grant offers internships to graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in Pennsylvania institutions of higher learning. Interns will apply their knowledge and skills acquired through their coursework to help Pennsylvania Sea Grant fulfill its mission. Interns can work in the areas of outreach, communication, education, and/or research. Interns are responsible for the cost of housing plus transportation to and from their work place. To inquire about internships, contact Sean Rafferty with the following information: 

  • Two-page curriculum vitae detailing education, research, and work experiences (include references)
  • Goal statement (500 words or less) describe your interests in the Great Lakes and how an internship can further your career goals
  • Copy of unofficial transcript(s)

Fellowship Opportunities

Pennsylvania Sea Grant will review and forward all Fellowship application materials to the National Sea Grant Office or appropriate agency. Prospective Fellows from Pennsylvania should submit their applications by the deadline listed to Pennsylvania Sea Grant Research Director Sean Rafferty.  

  • 2017 Coastal Management Fellowship
  • The Coastal Management Fellowship was established in 1996 to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and to provide project assistance to state coastal zone management programs. The program matches postgraduate students with state coastal zone programs to work on projects proposed by the state and selected by the fellowship sponsor, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management. This is a two-year opportunity that offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement. Any student who will complete a master's or other advanced degree in natural resource management or environmental-related studies at an accredited U.S. university. Students from a broad range of environmental programs are encouraged to apply. Students from non-U.S. institutions are not eligible.  For more information, contact the Office's fellowship coordinator at or visit the fellowship website at:

  • Knauss Fellowship 

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) National Sea Grant College Program, in fulfilling its broad educational responsibilities and legislative mandate of the Sea Grant Act to provide an educational experience in the policies and processes of the Legislative and Executive Branches of the Federal Government for students enrolled in graduate or professional programs that have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources, initiated the Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship Program. The Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship Program meets NOAA's Mission goal of "Protect, Restore and Manage the Use of Coastal and Ocean Resources Through Ecosystem-Based Management."  An eligible applicant is any student, regardless of citizenship, who is enrolled towards a degree in a graduate or professional program, that have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The graduate degree needs to be awarded through a United States accredited institution of higher education in the United States or U.S. Territories. Applicants from states not served by a Sea Grant program should obtain further information by contacting the Knauss Sea Grant Fellowship Program Manager at the National Sea Grant Office (NSGO).  For more information, visit

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