Career Opportunities

Staff Positions

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant supports over 30 extension specialists, communicators, educators, and administrators conducting environmental and natural resources outreach on a number of critical issues at local, regional, and national scales. Extension specialists deliver science-based programs that empower communities and people to make informed natural resource decisions.

There are currently no open IISG positions. View past opportunities in our newsroom.

Community Engaged Internships

Sea Grant’s Community Engaged Internship (CEI) program aims to broaden participation in coastal, ocean, Great Lakes, and marine sciences by offering training and mentorship—through paid internships—to a diverse cohort of undergraduate students from under-resourced, underrepresented and/or indigenous and tribal populations. Some of the key components of the program include providing professional development opportunities as well as engaging students in place-based research, extension, education, and/or communication that respects and integrates local ways of knowing. 

For eligibility, students must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree at a 2- or 4-year college or university at the time of application. We encourage applicants from groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences, including African-American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic and Latino/a/x, female, first-generation college students, veterans, LGBTQ+, and students with disabilities. The program is also open to students who have experienced and worked to overcome educational or economic disadvantages, and/or who have personal or family circumstances that may complicate their career paths.

For detailed information about current openings—including hourly pay, work locations, qualifications and the application process— please visit the Community Engaged Internships page. For questions related to the program, please contact Angela Archer at

The application period for the 2023 cohort of Community Engaged Interns has closed. Please check back in January 2024. View information on past CEI opportunities in our newsroom.

Summer Internships 

The Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) Summer Student Internship Program provides undergraduate students opportunities to help address issues impacting coastal communities by combining social and environmental conservation science. Through this program, IISG’s interns will gain greater understanding of and skills related to a variety of practices that can help lead to Lake Michigan coastal communities making more informed decisions about resource management and everyday activities. These paid internships may include research, communications, and/or outreach projects. Applicants may have the opportunity to participate in professional activities (e.g., attending a conference) outside of their specific internship duties.

For full job descriptions, qualifications, and position locations, visit our Summer Internship Program page.

The application period for the 2023 cohort of Summer Interns has closed. Please check back in January 2024. View information on past summer internship opportunities.

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