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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 2024, 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). The application deadline was January 28, 2024. The position descriptions below can give you an idea of what internships in future years may be like. 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 2024:  

  • The Fish Ecology intern is a field-based experience; the intern will support NCBO's fisheries-related survey operations and will have the opportunity to work on independent projects that will provide further analysis of available fisheries data.
  • The Environmental Literacy Workgroup intern will work with the Chesapeake Bay Program's Education Workgroup and its partners to convene listening sessions that explore and document perspectives among diverse communities about the environment, health, and related topics.

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 processThese internships are for students who will enter their sophomore, junior, or senior year of college this fall. Applicants must be a resident and/or attend a college or university within the Chesapeake Bay watershed: 

  • The Field Technician intern will work with our field team, supporting operations on the water and on land. 
  • The Environmental Literacy intern will help design and implement environmental literacy programs focused on climate change.
  • The Partnerships and Engagement intern will focus on networking with organizations in the Choptank Habitat Focus Area on Maryland's Eastern Shore and in the Middle Peninsula Habitat Focus Area on Virginia's Western Shore; they will also engage with communities including tribal nations and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. 

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 May 22, 2024