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2023 Community Engaged Internships available for National Park Service and Shedd Aquarium

January 26th, 2023 by

The Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) program, in cooperation with the National Park Service at Indiana Dunes National Park and Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, is offering two internship opportunities to support conservation policy efforts. Sea Grant’s national Community Engaged Internship (CEI) program aims to broaden participation in coastal, ocean, Great Lakes and marine sciences by offering paid internships to undergraduate students from under-resourced, underrepresented and/or indigenous and tribal populations. Through this program, IISG’s goal is to engage diverse students in place-based research, extension, education and/or communication that respects and integrates local ways of knowing.

This year, the CEI program will offer a Science Communication Internship with the National Park Service’s Great Lakes Research and Education Center in Porter, Indiana, as well as a Pollution Prevention Internship with Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.

The IISG interns will be part of a national cohort of students. Each intern is expected to participate in all aspects of the CEI program: 

  • On-the-ground learning experience, including completion of a project that extends the knowledge of community stakeholders to address a coastal, marine or Great Lakes issue of environmental, economic and/or social importance.
  • Mentorship by Sea Grant and Shedd professionals, Sea Grant funded researchers and Knauss Fellows
  • Virtual professional development sessions and training opportunities. 
  • Peer discussions with other interns in the summer cohort. 
  • Graduation ceremony to celebrate accomplishments, network with peers and other professionals (in-person meeting included, dependent on status of COVD-19 restrictions). 
  • Participation in pre/post evaluation.

This paid, full-time summer internship will be 8-12 weeks long, depending on the intern’s availability, starting no later than June 1, 2022. Occasional travel may be possible for both internships, depending on travel status policies. 

The application deadline is February 24, 2023. For full internship details, eligibility criteria and how to apply, please visit the Community Engaged Internship page. For questions about this opportunity, email Angela Archer at amcbride@purdue.edu.


Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant is a partnership between NOAA, University of Illinois Extension, and Purdue University Forestry and Natural Resources, bringing science together with communities for solutions that work. Sea Grant is a network of 34 science, education and outreach programs located in every coastal and Great Lakes state, Lake Champlain, Puerto Rico and Guam.

 

Contact: Angela Archer

We’re hiring nine interns for summer 2023!

December 13th, 2022 by

The Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) Summer Internship Program provides undergraduate students from around the country the paid opportunity to combine social and environmental conservation science to help address issues impacting coastal communities throughout the Great Lakes. Each year, a diversity of students gain hands-on experience under the mentorship of a career professional. Skills gained cover a variety of practices in research, communication, and outreach that can help lead to Lake Michigan coastal communities making more informed decisions about resource management and everyday activities. 

2023 summer internships are available in the following areas:

  • Aquatic Invasive Species
  • Great Lakes Education
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Stormwater Infrastructure
  • Sustainable Communities
  • Virtual Reality Development
  • Workforce Development

As part of the internship, IISG provides professional development trainings over the course of the summer — about one hour each week. The trainings cover topics such as career pathways in natural resources, creating a 60-second elevator speech, and how to use social media as a professional. Successful applicants also have the opportunity to participate in activities (e.g., attending a professional conference) outside of their specific internship duties.

For detailed information on position descriptions, hourly pay, and the application process, visit the IISG Summer Internship page. For questions related to the program, please contact Angela Archer at amcbride@purdue.edu. Application packets are due on February 6, 2023.


Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant is a partnership between NOAA, University of Illinois Extension, and Purdue University Forestry and Natural Resources, bringing science together with communities for solutions that work. Sea Grant is a network of 34 science, education and outreach programs located in every coastal and Great Lakes state, Lake Champlain, Puerto Rico and Guam.

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant announces three 2023 Knauss fellows

November 30th, 2022 by

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Sea Grant Office, and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant are pleased to announce the fellows for the 2023 class of the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program. Since 1979, the National Sea Grant College Program has provided one-year fellowships working in federal government offices in Washington, D.C. to over 1,300 early-career professionals. The 86 finalists, including two sponsored by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, in the 2022 class represent 29 of the 34 Sea Grant programs and 62 universities.

“The Knauss Fellowship offers graduate students the invaluable opportunity to put their academic knowledge to practice in tackling marine, coastal, and Great Lakes management and policy challenges at the federal level,” said Jonathan Pennock, Ph.D., National Sea Grant College Program director. “We look forward to welcoming the 2023 class of Knauss fellows and seeing how they will apply their unique insights to developing solutions to some of the most important challenges facing the country.”

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant’s sponsored fellows for 2023 are Hannah Lohman, Hannah Staley and Audrey Taylor.

Hannah LohmanHannah Lohman received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She is now working toward a doctorate in environmental engineering with a focus on energy, water, environment and sustainability at UIUC and has completed a Certificate of Excellence in Sustainable Management and Technology from the UIUC Gies College of Business. Currently, she works as a research assistant in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and has served numerous leadership roles in the Graduate Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Earlier this year, she was awarded the Outstanding Collegiate Member Award for her dedication and commitment to SWE.

Lohman studies the sustainability decision-making for engineered water and wastewater projects in resource-limited and low-income communities. Her research interests include quantifying decision-making metrics including economics and environmental/health impacts, evaluating stakeholder and community needs, meeting global sustainability goals with circular economics and innovative solutions, and collaborating across disciplines. She has a strong passion for working in marginalized communities and has worked on projects internationally in Honduras, Rwanda, Uganda and India. As a Knauss fellow, Hannah will be working in the NOAA OAR Climate Program Office with the Climate Adaptation Partnerships team. She looks forward to being a key part of the program’s efforts to expand society’s regional capacity to adapt to climate impacts in the U.S., and to learn more about climate adaptation decision-making in marginalized communities.

 

Hannah StaleyHannah Staley received a bachelor’s degree in marine science with minors in environmental science and political science from Coastal Carolina University. She is currently a third-year master’s candidate enhancing her public policy skills and broadening her scientific understanding of the environment by pursuing a dual master’s degree in Environmental Science and Public Affairs at the Indiana University (IU) O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. With a concentration in Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management, Hannah has shaped her curriculum to focus on climate change mitigation, environmental policy and environmental justice. Outside of the classroom, she worked for the City of Huntington, Ind., where she successfully wrote a grant to fund an arboretum and initiate their climate action plan by conducting local government and community-wide greenhouse gas inventories. She then continued to lead climate initiatives in Indiana as the Project and Outreach Coordinator for the McKinney Climate Fellows Program at IU’s Environmental Resilience Institute.

Hannah is excited to take this next step in her career after she graduates in December. A career goal of hers has always been to work on marine and environmental issues, as well as climate change at the federal level. She is thrilled to be able to achieve this goal by working in NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations as a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow this next year. This position will provide Hannah with the opportunity to utilize her scientific and policy skills by working in the intersection between the executive and legislative branch, while also learning about NOAA’s ships and planes.

 

Audrey TaylorAudrey Taylor recently finished her Ph.D. in Earth Sciences at the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences. Her doctoral research and her undergraduate degree at University of North Carolina Wilmington focused on understanding climates and environments through both space and time. Audrey’s work ranged from reconstructing changes in rainfall and temperature in southeastern Africa millions of years ago, to documenting the aquatic communities in a Greek lagoon during the early 20th century. Moving forward, she hopes to use the Knauss fellowship as an opportunity to communicate climate change science and advocate for sustainable policies that benefit the climate, environment and people alike.

As the International Relations and Policy Fellow with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Audrey will be learning and engaging in domestic and foreign policy discussions. Her work in the office will likely focus on climate, carbon sequestration and offshore wind energy. Audrey says this portfolio presents a great opportunity to apply her climate expertise and diversify her knowledge.

 

Curious about the Knauss fellowship? The Knauss blog features stories from former Knauss cohorts, sharing insights on fellowship experiences and their journeys to D.C. Students enrolled in education institutions in Illinois and Indiana should apply for the fellowship through Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG). Information about the Knauss fellowship and other graduate student opportunities can be found on IISG’s fellowships page and also by contacting Angela Archer, campus engagement coordinator, at amcbride@purdue.edu or 765-496-3722.


Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant is a partnership between NOAA, University of Illinois Extension, and Purdue University Forestry and Natural Resources, bringing science together with communities for solutions that work. Sea Grant is a network of 34 science, education and outreach programs located in every coastal and Great Lakes state, Lake Champlain, Puerto Rico and Guam.

 

Contact: Angela Archer

Apply now for the 2024 Knauss Fellowship in Washington, D.C.

November 18th, 2022 by

Located in Washington, D.C., the Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship provides a unique educational and professional experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources, and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. This is a one-year fellowship open to any student, regardless of citizenship, who is enrolled towards a degree in a graduate or professional program on the day of the deadline.

Application deadline for the Knauss Fellowship is February 16, 2023.

Students enrolled at an Illinois or Indiana university or college should submit their applications through Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant by emailing Angela Archer at amcbride@purdue.edu. Students in surrounding states without a Sea Grant program should contact the National Sea Grant College Program at oar.sg.fellows@noaa.gov or (301)734-1085 for a referral. 

For more information about this fellowship, other opportunities and application requirements, visit IISG’s fellowships page or contact Angela Archer.


Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant is a partnership between NOAA, University of Illinois Extension, and Purdue University Forestry and Natural Resources, bringing science together with communities for solutions that work. Sea Grant is a network of 34 science, education and outreach programs located in every coastal and Great Lakes state, Lake Champlain, Puerto Rico and Guam.

New undergraduate opportunity in community engaged internship

April 5th, 2022 by

The Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) program, in cooperation with Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, is offering an internship opportunity to support conservation policy efforts. Sea Grant’s national Community Engaged Internship (CEI) program aims to broaden participation in coastal, ocean, Great Lakes and marine sciences by offering paid internships to students from under-resourced, underrepresented and/or indigenous and tribal populations. Through this program, IISG’s goal is to engage diverse students in place-based research, extension, education and/or communication that respects and integrates local ways of knowing.

The IISG intern will be part of a national cohort of students. Each intern is expected to participate in all aspects of the CEI program: 

  • On-the-ground learning experience, including completion of a project that extends the knowledge of community stakeholders to address a coastal, marine or Great Lakes issue of environmental, economic and/or social importance.
  • Mentoring by Sea Grant and Shedd professionals, Sea Grant funded researchers and Knauss Fellows
  • Virtual professional development sessions and training opportunities. 
  • Peer discussions with other interns in the cohort using Slack or other virtual platforms. 
  • Graduation ceremony to celebrate accomplishments, network with peers and other professionals (in-person meeting included, dependent on status of COVD-19 restrictions). 
  • Participation in pre/post evaluation.

This paid, full-time summer internship will be 10-12 weeks long, depending on the intern’s availability, starting no later than June 1, 2022. The intern will have the choice to work remotely, in-person at the Shedd Aquarium, or a hybrid schedule. If the status of COVID worsens, the intern can work completely remotely. Occasional travel may be possible for the internship, depending on travel status policies. 

The application deadline is April 29, 2022. For full internship details, eligibility criteria and how to apply, please visit https://iiseagrant.org/about/about-us/community-engaged-internship/. For questions about this opportunity, email Angela Archer at amcbride@purdue.edu.


Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant is a part of University of Illinois Extension and Purdue Extension.

 

Contact: Angela Archer

IISG hiring six undergraduate interns for summer 2022

January 19th, 2022 by

The Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) Summer Student Internship Program supports and expands a diverse, well-trained workforce that is literate in the ecological and economic issues that impact coastal communities. With this training, interns will understand and be skilled in teaching best management and science practices that can lead to more informed decisions.

These paid internships may include research, communications, and/or outreach activities. Applicants may have the opportunity to participate in activities outside of their specific internship duties.For detailed information on position descriptions and application requirements, read the 2022 Summer Internship Program document. For questions related to the program, please contact Angela Archer at amcbride@purdue.edu.

Application packets are due on January 31, 2022.

Internships are available in the following areas:

  • Aquatic Invasive Species
  • Great Lakes Education
  • Great Lakes Revitalization
  • Sustainable Communities
  • Video and Digital Media
  • Water Conservation and Policy

 

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) is a part of University of Illinois Extension and Purdue Extension.

Apply now for the 2022 Knauss Fellowship in Washington, D.C.

November 12th, 2021 by

Located in Washington, D.C., the Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship provides a unique educational and professional experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources, and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.

This is a one-year fellowship open to any student, regardless of citizenship, who is enrolled towards a degree in a graduate or professional program on the day of the deadline. Please visit these links for information on applying to the Knauss fellowship.

  • Notice of Funding Opportunity
  • Student Applicant Guide to Sea Grant Fellowships
  • Recorded Knauss 101 webinar, September 29, 2021

Application deadline for the Knauss Fellowship is February 18, 2022.

Students enrolled at an Illinois or Indiana university or college should submit their applications through Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant via amcbride@purdue.edu. Students in surrounding states without a Sea Grant program should contact National Sea Grant at oar.sg.fellows@noaa.gov or (301)734-1085 for a referral. 

For more information about this fellowship, other opportunities and applications requirements, visit IISG’s Fellowship page or contact Angela Archer, IISG fellowship program leader, at amcbride@purdue.edu or (765)496-3722.


Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant is a part of University of Illinois Extension and Purdue Extension.

IISG hiring 5 undergraduate interns for summer 2021

March 16th, 2021 by

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant has five positions available for the 2021 Summer Internship Program. Successful applicants will work closely with IISG staff on issues affecting the Great Lakes. These paid internships can include research, communications and outreach components. Applicants may also have the opportunity to participate in activities outside of their specific internship duties. 

Internships are available in the following areas:

  • Climate Communication
  • Great Lakes Education
  • Sustainable Communities
  • Water Quality
  • Youth Education

Application packets are due on April 5, 2021. Interns will be paid $15 per hour. Interns through Purdue University will work up to 37.5 hours per week for 12 weeks or as noted in job description.

Applicants currently enrolled in a U.S. institution of higher learning are eligible, and chosen interns will be paid as student employees of Purdue University or University of Illinois. These positions may be remote, in-person or a hybrid depending on the guidelines from Purdue University and the University of Illinois. Some evenings and/or weekends may be needed, and IISG will cover the cost of transportation. Interns are responsible for the cost of housing plus transportation to and from their work place.

Successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance in April. Internships are expected to start in May and will end in August.

For detailed information on position descriptions and application requirements, read the 2021 Summer Internship Program document.


Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) is a part of University of Illinois Extension and Purdue Extension.

Knauss fellow Molly Cain joins NOAA Research

January 5th, 2021 by

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) is pleased to announce Molly Cain as a Knauss fellow for the Class of 2021. Molly is a PhD student at Indiana University and studies how agricultural modifications to landscapes affect the delivery of water and nutrients to waterways, and, in turn, the role of natural features like floodplain wetlands in improving water quality. Molly recently finished the Knauss placement process, where fellows typically travel to Washington, DC to interview with government agencies and learn where they will spend the next year. Below, Molly shares her experience from the first virtual placement week.

Molly CainAfter over 40 video calls with 20 host offices, I was excited to receive my fellowship placement with NOAA Research’s Congressional Analysis and Research Division (CARD). While placement week usually requires finalists to run around DC meeting with potential hosts, this year was a bit different. Instead of navigating a bustling city, I sat at my kitchen table with my laptop and a mug of coffee completing up to 8 virtual interviews a day, often back-to-back. While easier on the feet, it was still a grueling week. However, it was also an inspiring one. I had fun getting to know so many incredible people working within the federal government on water resources and environmental issues. I only wish I could work in all the offices I interviewed with!

Ultimately, I was drawn to the CARD team and was ecstatic to be placed there. My main goal during the fellowship year is to learn how scientific knowledge feeds into the policy-making cycle. As a member of the CARD team, I will participate in this process directly. CARD’s mission is to ensure that Congress is aware of NOAA’s research activities and understands how that research benefits the country. They translate scientific information for a congressional audience and interpret congressional action for a scientific audience. Effectively communicating science to policymakers is increasingly valued within the scientific community and important for enhancing the impact of scientific research. I am excited to spend a year honing these skills. I also look forward to representing the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and working at NOAA again. My undergraduate internship through NOAA’s Hollings Scholarship program was a formative experience that led me to pursue a career as a researcher working on water resources issues. Returning to a NOAA office nearly 7 years later feels like I’ve come full circle, in the best way possible.

 


Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant is a part of University of Illinois Extension and Purdue Extension.

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