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Chesapeake Bay Internships

NOAA offers internships in the Chesapeake Bay area to help students explore potential career paths.

Two college students are on board a NOAA research vessel. The young woman and young man are each wearing baseball caps and lifejackets. She is holding a net; he is holding a board with a fish on it.

Getting hands-on work experience is a great way for students to build a resume and experience potential career fields. We offer internships that help students explore careers in Chesapeake Bay-related marine biology, oceanography, environmental education, and more.

In addition to opportunities with the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office (NCBO), NOAA offers additional internship and scholarship opportunities around the country.

Summer Internships

Each summer, the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office and Chesapeake Research Consortium team up to offer several paid summer internships primarily for college students. In summer 2023, the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office will offer five internships covering a range of Chesapeake Bay science-related topics. Each paid internship will run 12 weeks (mid-May through mid-August). While the application deadline (February 20, 2023) for summer 2023 positions has passed, the following opportunity descriptions provide a snapshot of the kinds of opportunities we may offer in the future. There are two different programs. 

The Chesapeake-Student Recruitment, Early Advisement and Mentoring (C-StREAM) Program is for college students who identify as people of color and/or who are first-generation college students. These internships are for undergraduate students who will enter their sophomore, junior, or senior year of college this fall, or for recent college graduates (including graduate students). Visit the C-StREAM website for details on the program. We are offering two positions through C-StREAM for summer 2023:  

  • The Habitat Science intern will help with collecting fish biodiversity data in support of the Poplar Island restoration project.
  • The Community Partnerships intern will assist with strengthening relationships and collaboration between NOAA and indigenous communities.

The NOAA Chesapeake Bay Summer Internship Program lets college students work and learn about science, policy, and education programming. Learn more about the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Summer Internship Program and application process. These internships are for students who will enter their sophomore, junior, or senior year of college this fall: 

  • The Field Technician intern will work with our field team, supporting operations on the water and on land. 
  • The Climate Change Education intern will help design and implement environmental literacy programs focused on climate change.
  • The Climate Change and Fish Habitat intern will help synthesize information related to climate and will work with researchers and stakeholders on tracking marine heat waves. 

We are committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive science-oriented workforce. We highly encourage applicants from historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, and tribal colleges and universities.

Contact us with questions on any of these Chesapeake Bay internships.

Last updated by NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office on August 18, 2023