Career Opportunities

Staff Positions – CLOSED

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.


Summer Internships – CLOSED

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

As part of this program, IISG offers required professional development trainings. Throughout their employment, each intern will participate in professional development opportunities that will require approximately eight hours or one hour per week; one or more of the sessions may take more than an hour, so in some weeks, no training will be offered.

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

View information on past summer internship opportunities.

Community Engaged Internships – OPEN

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



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