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Around the globe, thousands of earth, ocean, and environmental scientists, researchers and policy specialists are busy at work studying a multitude of crucial issues—from climate change and environmental public policy to the development of new sustainable practices and cutting-edge exploration technologies. Whether you’re interested in joining their ranks or simply looking for an exciting internship opportunity, we can help you take the next step.

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Undergraduate Internships
in Marine Policy

Interns in UD's Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy work on a range of research and policy analysis activities with graduate students, faculty and agencies.

For more information, contact George Parsons, associate director of the School of Marine Science and Policy.


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Marine Sciences Summer Program

This Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program offers interns a research-intensive atmosphere in topics like oceanography, marine biology, marine geology, or marine biogeochemistry.

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Alumni Spotlight

Alumnus Jonathan Dinman in a Shedd Aquarium display.

Blue Hen Aquarist

Jonathan Dinman enrolled at UD in 2011 as a marine science major. He was in the program’s first graduating class of students in 2015 and now works with ocean creatures and environments every day as an aquarist at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Dinman said his time at UD helped shape his future as an aquarist as it provided opportunities to learn research and laboratory skills, participate in a study abroad to New Zealand, and hear from professionals in the marine science field, which exposed him to careers outside of academia.  

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Professional Opportunities

For Undergraduates

The Project Coordinator will perform key operational duties in the planning and execution of field research & conservation programs and in-house research activities for Georgia Aquarium, consistent with best practices of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The Project Coordinator will work collaboratively with other Research & Conservation staff and volunteers, Zoological Operations staff and external partners to help execute industry-leading research and conservation programs that will improve marine stewardship and inspire staff, volunteers and guests.
This is a listing of job shadow opportunities for students interested in Agriculture & Environment Professions career community. By applying to the shadow program, you can connect with UD Alumnus or employer through a 1-hour virtual informational interview.
This paid undergraduate research internship provides interested students with a sustained environmental research experience during the academic year. Scholars work with faculty research mentors at the University of Delaware. Students may select from the projects shown at the link. The broad theme of the opportunities relates to water in our changing coastal environment.
This position will support the GIS TREC’s long standing geodetic coordination project with Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) to make strides toward achieving the goal of modernizing and maintaining the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS) and needs of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) throughout Idaho. In addition, this position will advance the geospatial education and research capabilities at Idaho State University for both undergraduate and graduate students and provide education outreach to the geospatial professional community.

For Graduates

This project at the Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA)/IQSS at Harvard addresses the role of spatio-temporal data, including open data, upon the understanding and mitigation of impacts from the global COVID-19 pandemic. The research undertaken will focus on possible long-term and second-order impacts of COVID-19 and the responses that have been enacted at multiple scales, from multinational regions to neighborhood-levels. Development backsliding during this pandemic is a high risk for developing countries and rapidly growing cities due to new migration patterns, a collapse of informal economies, lacking supplies, disparate basic services and health sites, and overcrowded informal settlements.
The Environmental Science and Policy Program at Smith College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor to begin July 1, 2021. We seek a candidate in Human Geography; the Ph.D. can be in geography or a related interdisciplinary environmental field.  The successful candidate will prioritize issues of justice, equity, and inclusion in the study of human-environment interactions. Strong candidates will possess spatial analysis skills and combine strengths in the natural and social sciences. Areas of interest could include, but are not limited to, public health; cities and urban development; and/or the food-water-energy nexus. Review of applications will begin October 19, 2020. 
This tenure-track position at California State University, Long Beach, has responsiblities to teach courses at both lower and upper division in our geography and environmental science and policy programs, and at the graduate level in both our Masters of Arts and Master of Science in Geographic Information Science degree programs. Teaching assignments may also include classes in remote sensing, digital image processing, multi-variate and spatial statistics general education courses in natural science or other specialty courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. Required mode of instruction may include in-person, hybrid, online, and/or any combination thereof. Position also requires engaging undergraduate and graduate students in scholarly activities and will be encouraged to develop an extramurally funded research program. Successful applicant will produce scholarly publications and collaborate in curriculum development, as well as advise students, serve on department, college, and university committees, and engage in professional activities. (Deadline: May 1, 2021)
This position will support the GIS TREC’s long standing geodetic coordination project with Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) to make strides toward achieving the goal of modernizing and maintaining the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS) and needs of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) throughout Idaho. In addition, this position will advance the geospatial education and research capabilities at Idaho State University for both undergraduate and graduate students and provide education outreach to the geospatial professional community.

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Careers in Government

How to apply for a job in government

Both USAJOBS and Go Government have resource pages available to guide applicants as they consider, apply, and secure federal employment.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Careers

NOAA Marine Operations regularly has openings for civilian mariners aboard NOAA's research vessels. Learn more >

The NOAA Corps is the commissioned officer corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). If you are interested in a career incorporating both science and service to the nation, you will find a unique opportunity in the smallest of the seven uniformed services. Learn more >

Those interested in both enforcement and marine resources will find a unique opportunity to serve the public at NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement as an Enforcement Officer or Special Agent. Learn more >

Are you a teacher who is interested in oceanographic research? Does the idea of living aboard an ocean-going research vessel intrigue you? Would you like to work as a crew member on a one- to three-week scientific cruise? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is looking for motivated teachers (K-16) with a desire to do scientific research at sea and share that experience with students and colleagues. Learn more >

Internship and Fellowship Resources

Resources for Students and Recent Graduates

The Pathways Programs offer clear paths to Federal internships for students from high school through post-graduate school and to careers for recent graduates, and provide meaningful training and career development opportunities for individuals who are at the beginning of their Federal service.

As a student or recent graduate, you can begin your career in the Federal government by choosing the path that best describes you and where you are in your academics:

  • Internship Program: This program is for current students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions from high school to graduate level, with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school. It replaces the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP).
  • Recent Graduates Program: This program is for individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs and seek a dynamic, career development program with training and mentorship. To be eligible, applicants must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who will have up to six years to apply).
  • Resource Assistants Program: This program is an immersive, paid internship for individuals interested in USDA Forest Service careers. Resource Assistants work under the supervision of Forest Service staff to complete mission-critical work that demonstrates leadership, critical thinking, and strategic communication. Through direct training, experience, and exposure, Resource Assistants gain the tools to launch their natural and cultural resource careers. Can earn a 2-year hiring authority to apply for qualifying permanent Forest Service positions upon successful completion of the program. 

Students interested in working on the development of national science and technology policy are recommended to apply for a policy internship.

Ideal candidates have a passion for science and technology, strong research and writing skills, the ability to work while prioritizing several projects at once, a willingness to support outreach events and OSTP’s communications team (students interested in Communications or Public Affairs should inquire about opportunities to work primarily with OSTP’s communications team), and a desire for public service. Policy internships are open to interested students from all majors and academic programs. Any student, including law students, may apply for a policy internship.



The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a private, nonprofit corporation headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside Washington, DC. IDA’s mission is to answer the most challenging U.S. security and science policy questions with objective analysis leveraging extraordinary scientific, technical, and analytic expertise. IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI), located across from the White House in Washington, DC, is one of three Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) operated by the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), a nonprofit corporation. STPI was established by Congress to inform policy decisions of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President.

Click here to learn more about internships and fellowships at IDA

ORISE administers a broad range of internships, scholarships, fellowships and research experiences. These programs are available to science and engineering students and educators at every academic level from K-12, to college students and postdocs, to university faculty members. For more information, click here

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) is designed to inspire undergraduate students to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) through a unique research experience that supports the NIST mission.


The below sites serve as primary sources for searching federally-sponsored opportunities for undergaduate and graduate students in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) areas.

Graduate and Advanced Degree Fellowships

For more than three decades, the PMF Program has been the Federal government’s premier leadership development program for advanced degree candidates. This program is now for individuals who have received a qualifying advanced degree within the preceding two years. For complete program information, visit:

The mission of the NRC Research Associateship Programs is to promote excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U. S. government through the administration of programs offering graduate, postdoctoral, and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions

Non-partisan, 1-year program in Washington, DC for rising leaders in public policy (including science policy and there are scientists and medical doctors in the program). It is geared to post-graduate early to mid-career leaders. The purpose is to give the Fellows first hand, high-level experience with the workings of the Federal government and to increase their sense of participation in national affairs. Open to all US citizens including career military, but not open to current federal employees. Click here to learn more

A 1-2 year program for non-federal employees in Washington, DC. It pairs talented, diverse technologists and innovators with top civil-servants and change-makers working at the highest levels of the federal government to tackle some of our nation’s biggest challenges. These teams of entrepreneurs-in-residence and government experts take a user-centric approach to issues at the intersection of people, processes, products, and policy to achieve lasting impact at startup speed. Click here to learn more

IDA operates three Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) in the public interest: the Systems and Analyses Center, the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI), and the Center for Communications and Computing.  Through these FFRDCs, IDA answers the most challenging U.S. security and space policy questions with objective analyses leveraging extraordinary scientific, technical, and analytic expertise. Learn more here

The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship Program provides opportunities for professional development and public service to foster scientifically informed, evidence-based policy and practice by engaging scientists and engineers from a broad range of disciplines, backgrounds and career stages to directly contribute their knowledge and analytical skills to the federal government; to learn first-hand about policymaking and implementation at the federal level; and to build leadership for a strong science and technology enterprise that benefits all people. Click here for more information

The United States Department of State Professional Science and Engineering (S&E) Society Fellows Program enlists bright, inquisitive scientists and engineers with an interest in policy and international affairs to further the diplomacy and development policies of the United States. Fellows contribute their science and technology expertise to the policymaking process by working directly in an office at the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development. Click here for more information

The Jefferson Science Fellows (JSF) program engages the American academic science, technology, and engineering communities in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy. For more details on eligibility criteria, terms of the fellowship and instructions for applying, click here.  

The Graduate Research Internship Program provides professional development to NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellows through internships developed in partnership with federal agencies. Click here to learn more

NASA internships and fellowships leverage NASA’s unique missions and programs to enhance and increase the capability, diversity and size of the nation’s future science, technology, geology, hydrology, biology, engineering and mathematics workforce. Internships are available from high school to graduate level. Internships provide students with the opportunity to participate in either research or other experiential learning, under the guidance of a mentor at NASA.

Designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of education institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in agencies to explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed. Click here to learn more

The NIST NRC Postdoctoral Program supports a nationwide competitive postdoctoral program administered in cooperation with the National Academies/National Research Council (NRC). The postdoctoral program brings research scientists and engineers of unusual promise and ability to perform advanced research related to the NIST mission, introduces the latest university research results and techniques to NIST scientific programs, strengthens mutual communication with university researchers, shares NIST unique research facilities with the U.S. scientific and engineering communities, and provides a valuable mechanism for the transfer of research results from NIST to the scientific and engineering communities. Click here to learn more

The mission of the Department of Commerce Office of the Secretary Internship Program is to engage and empower developing leaders with a passion for public service. The program will expose students to opportunities in the federal government and the potential to find passion in a career in public service. Interns will gain unique experience through their placement in one of several offices in the department. Learn more and how to apply.

The Department of Interior Pathways program has an Internship Program for current students and the Recent Graduates Program for people who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs (2 years from the date the graduate completed an academic course of study):

The USGS hires interns at all levels of education from early college through post-doctoral research. Click here to learn more

The DOE maintains a wide range of student-focused programs to keep a steady stream of bright and motivated new talent flowing into their workforce. Click here to learn more

Volunteer and Service Opportunities

Volunteer Activities

Federal agencies and departments offer unpaid training opportunities to students in high school and college. These opportunities can provide work experience related to your academic program, while allowing you to explore career options, as well as develop your personal and professional skills. Click here to learn more

Other volunteer opportunities are available at the USDA Forest Service and through Citizen Science projects

National and International Service Programs

Americorps, a national service program, offers a variety of service opportunities, from the classroom to the outdoors, and everything in between.

21st Century Conservation Service Corps is a national effort to put thousands of America’s young people and veterans to work protecting, restoring, and enhancing America’s great outdoors. For a complete list of partners providing opportunities in this endeavor, visit

Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) engages brave young leaders in life-changing service, living and working with those in need to build a more just and hopeful world. It takes on the world’s most difficult challenges, permanently transforming themselves and the communities they serve. Volunteers give an intense year or two at the front lines of social justice, and we give them a sense of purpose to guide every year that follows. Similar to other volunteer service programs, usually housing, food allowance, and a small stipend is provided.

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