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Application Review Period Begins February 26, 2024 for Paid Summer Internship Beginning June 2024

Pennsylvania Sea Grant is excited to offer two paid summer internship opportunities for undergraduate students seeking to gain experience in the areas of outreach, education, and economics.  The purpose of the internships is to contribute to a diverse ocean and Great Lakes workforce that understands technical and social challenges facing coastal communities and the natural environment. The experience will help prepare undergraduate students for graduate school and careers in science, policy, management and outreach focused on oceans, Great Lakes, and watersheds.  

The internships are offered in Pennsylvania as part of the Community Engaged Internship (CEI) program, which is offered by Sea Grant programs across the country. This program encourages applicants from groups historically underrepresented in the sciences, including African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic and Latino, female, first-generation college students, veterans, LGBTQ+, and students with disabilities. In addition, the program welcomes applications from students who have worked to overcome educational or economic disadvantages or who have personal or family circumstances that may complicate their career paths.

Learn more about the CEI program, visit


  • This opportunity is limited to undergraduate students currently enrolled in a U.S. institution of higher learning. Undergraduate students graduating in spring 2024 are eligible for the internship.  
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or be authorized to work in the United States without restriction.
  • Graduate students are not eligible for this opportunity. To learn about graduate fellowship opportunities, visit our Careers page.

Details and Application

Apply electronically ( with the additional documentation as described below. Applications will be reviewed until the positions are filled.

Submit the following documents in a single PDF file: 

  • Resume or curriculum vitae detailing education and work experiences (2-page limit) 
  • Goal statement describing your interest in the internship program. Helpful information to include is your personal, professional, and academic background including your related experience, major or field of study and why you chose it; why you are interested in marine, Great Lakes, watershed science, policy, management, education, or outreach; how you think this internship would help you professionally; and information about how you might contribute to the mission of the CEI program (1000 words) 
  • Copy of unofficial transcript(s) 
  • Contact information (name, title, email, telephone number) for one reference. This reference should be someone who supervised you in a work or volunteer position and who is willing to describe your qualifications for the internship, or from a college professor or advisor who is willing to describe your academic achievements. 

Review of applications and interviews will begin February 26, 2024.  The positions will begin in early June 2024. 

Successful candidates will be paid $17 per hour and be expected to work up to 40 hours per week for 9-10 weeks, from June into August. Interns should be able to work independently, with guidance from their supervisor.  Interns should be located in Pennsylvania, with ability to travel to attend events and meetings in person.  Other aspects of this position can be completed virtually, creating a hybrid work experience.  Interns will have the opportunity to participate in Pennsylvania Sea Grant staff meetings as well as other potential professional development and networking opportunities.  See descriptions below for further details. 

Questions should be directed to Sarah Whitney at including the subject line of “2024 Pennsylvania Sea Grant Summer Undergraduate Internship.” 

The staff of Pennsylvania Sea Grant value diversity, equity, and inclusion in both our organization and the communities we serve. We strive to make access to research, outreach, education, and employment opportunities available to everyone, regardless of race, color, religion, place of origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, disability, or veteran status. 

Pennsylvania Sea Grant Summer Undergraduate InternshipAquatic Invasive Species Outreach

Preferred location: Erie, Pennsylvania with some hybrid

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) have a significant impact on the ecology and economy of Pennsylvania. Educating partners, stakeholders, and water users about AIS and ways to prevent their introduction and spread has been a key area of focus for Pennsylvania Sea Grant for twenty-five years. The AIS outreach intern will work with staff to update and revise AIS outreach materials and resources, identify opportunities for in-person or virtual presentations to key audiences, and assist in general outreach efforts to advance AIS education. This position may attend in-person events in Erie, therefore the preferred location of this position is in the Erie region, with ability to commute to the Tom Ridge Environmental Center. There may also be opportunities for travel to events in western Pennsylvania. Other aspects of this position can be completed virtually.

Specifically, the intern may:

  • Identify opportunities (specific groups, established events, virtual meetings) and assist in the development of AIS prevention presentations and events, attend events, and give presentations.
  • Compile and write species information for an identification guide about AIS in the Mid Atlantic region
  • Assist in the development of outreach materials
  • Compile background information for a model hydrilla management plan
  • Other AIS-focused projects as needed.

These activities will involve regular communication with Pennsylvania Sea Grant staff, relevant stakeholders, state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and others.

Qualifications: The intern should have strong interpersonal, presentation, writing and organizational skills. The ability to work independently, communicate effectively to individuals and larger groups and to accurately synthesize and deliver information is preferred. An interest in and experience with AIS prevention and management is preferred but not required.

Review the full job description.

Pennsylvania Sea Grant Summer Undergraduate InternshipEnvironmental Literacy and Workforce Development

Preferred location: Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Erie, Hybrid, or Virtual

Pennsylvania Sea Grant’s statewide reach includes three diverse coastal regions: the Lake Erie, Susquehanna River, and Delaware River watersheds. Environmental literacy and workforce development (ELWD) is an educational priority across these three distinct watersheds, and is fostered via educator professional development workshops, adult and youth education programs, print and online resources, opportunities for college and university students, and nonformal community education. Pennsylvania Sea Grant seeks an environmental literacy and workforce development (ELWD) intern who is interested in Great Lakes, ocean, and climate literacy educator professional development program content and action-oriented stewardship projects.

Specifically, the intern may:

  • Catalog and update existing Pennsylvania Sea Grant K-12 lesson plans and activity guides to ensure they address current Pennsylvania academic standards, that the content is accurate, and that they meet diversity equity inclusion and accessibility best practices.
  • Refresh and update existing loanable education kits to ensure they address current Pennsylvania academic standards, that the content is accurate, and that they meet diversity equity inclusion and accessibility best practices. Additionally, to investigate partnership opportunities for implementation of statewide loan distribution protocols.
  • Gather and organize resources on a Great Lakes Literacy relevant topic and assist in developing an online, self-paced educator professional development program.
  • Assist with in-person and online educator professional development program planning and implementation, including Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEE) action project.
  • Attend meetings with formal and nonformal educators and related partners.
  • Potential to assist with planning and implementation of shoreside education opportunities and excursions for teachers aboard the R/V Lake Guardian when docked in Erie in July.
  • Potential to assist with planning and delivery of in-person educator professional development programs in northwest Pennsylvania.
  • Additional opportunities as appropriate.

These tasks will involve regular communication with Pennsylvania Sea Grant staff and Sea Grant Educators in the Great Lakes, mid-Atlantic, and national networks, and with relevant partners from state agencies, non-governmental organizations, schools, and more.

This intern should be located in Pennsylvania. This position can be completed virtually and may also have the opportunity to attend programs, events, and meetings.

Qualifications: The intern should have strong writing and communication skills, the ability to work independently and with others, and good organizational proficiencies. An interest in and experience with formal and nonformal educational settings is preferred but not required.

Visit the job details online.

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