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.
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 2021, the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office will offer six internships covering a range of Chesapeake Bay science-related topics. Each paid internship will run 12 weeks (mid-May through mid-August). They are intended for students who will be entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year of college study. 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. Learn more about the C-StREAM program and application process.
We will host two interns through this program in summer 2021. The deadline for application has passed; it was February 20, 2021. The internship opportunities will focus on:
- Sustainable Fisheries (PDF, 3 pages): Help share fisheries and habitat science related to invasive blue catfish spread and impacts with resource managers. (Link to full opportunity description coming mid-January.)
- GIS Analysis of Chesapeake Seabed Data for Habitat Mapping Products (PDF, 3 pages): Assist with translating hydrographic and seabed habitat data into habitat mapping products. (Link to full opportunity description coming mid-January.)
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.
We will host four interns through this program in summer 2021. The application deadline has passed; it was February 20, 2021. Here are the internship opportunities:
- Climate Change Indicator Project: Assist with the development of a framework document for climate change indicators that includes conceptual case studies on connecting physical change indicators with impacts to living resources and habitats, as well as potential resilience activities to minimize negative impacts. If in-person, it will be based in Annapolis, Maryland.
- Data Visualization: Assist with the development of updated capabilities and a data visualization application for the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System. If in-person, it will be based in Annapolis, Maryland.
- Environmental Literacy: Create educator resources for the Bay Backpack website and help plan and implement trainings for the Environmental Science Training Center, including the Mid-Atlantic Climate Change Education Conference. If in-person, it will be based in Oxford, Maryland.
- Applying Satellite-Derived Data to Coastal Resource Management (in partnership with the NOAA North Atlantic Regional Team): Work with satellite and environmental data science professionals to develop satellite-derived geospatial data products and integrate them with socioeconomic indicators through a coastal knowledge hub. If in-person, it will be based in College Park, Maryland.
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.