Internship Opportunities

Undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at an institution of higher learner can apply for Pennsylvania Sea Grant internships, which are contingent upon available funding. 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 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

For federal and agency fellowships, we will process and forward application materials to the National Sea Grant office or appropriate state agency. 

Pennsylvania applications for fellowships should be submitted by the deadline listed to Pennsylvania Sea Grant Research Director Sean Rafferty

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 two-year opportunity 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 between January 1, 2016, and July 31, 2017 is eligible. 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:

  • 2018 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, on February 10, 2017, 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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