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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.

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.

Graduate fellowship opportunities available for 2021

November 21st, 2020 by

If you are a graduate student interested in combining your education and experience with policy, marine sciences or coastal community resiliency, consider applying for one of these fellowships. The opportunities below are open to graduate students enrolled in a master’s or doctorate program. For more information, please visit our Fellowships page or contact Angela Archer at amcbride@purdue.edu or (765)496-3722.

John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

The Knauss Fellowship provides a unique educational experience to students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The program matches highly qualified graduate students with “hosts” in the legislative and executive branches of government located in the Washington, D.C. area for a one year paid fellowship.

National Marine Fisheries Service Fellowships

These fellowships are aimed at Ph.D. candidates, who are United States citizens, interested in the population dynamics of living marine resources and the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing their status. The marine resource economics fellowship concentrates on the conservation and management of marine resources.

  • Application deadline: January 26, 2021
  • Start Date: dependent upon fellowship choice
  • Length: up to two years for Marine Economics, up to three years for Population Dynamics
  • More info: http://seagrant.noaa.gov/NMFS-SG-Fellowship

 


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

IISG seeks four interns for summer 2020

February 13th, 2020 by

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant has four positions available for the 2020 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:

  • Great Lakes Communications
  • Great Lakes Revitalization
  • Sustainable Communities
  • Water Pricing

Application packets are due on March 6, 2020. Interns will be paid $15 per hour. Interns through Purdue University will work up to 37.5 hours per week for 12 weeks. Interns through University of Illinois will work up to 37.5 hours for 10 and no more than 28 hours for 2 additional weeks.

Applicants can be enrolled in or recently graduated from any U.S. institution of higher learning, and chosen interns will be paid as student employees of Purdue University or University of Illinois. Some travel and/or weekend work may be expected. Interns are responsible for the cost of housing plus transportation to and from their work place. Work-related travel will be funded by the intern’s Sea Grant supervisor. Successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance by the end of March. Internships are expected to start in May and will end in August.

For detailed information on position descriptions and application requirements, read the 2020 Summer Internship Program document.


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

Graduate students looking for 2020 fellowship opportunities

January 7th, 2020 by

If you are a graduate student interested in combining your education and experience with policy, marine sciences or coastal community resiliency, consider applying for one, or even two, of these fellowships. The opportunities below are open to graduate students enrolled in a master’s or doctorate program. For more information, please visit our Fellowships page or contact Angela Archer at amcbride@purdue.edu or (765)496-3722.

John A. Knauss Fellowship

The Knauss fellowship provides a unique educational experience to students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The program matches highly qualified graduate students with “hosts” in the legislative and executive branches of government located in the Washington, D.C. area for a one year paid fellowship.

NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship & Digital Coast Fellowship

The Coastal Management Fellowship was established to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and to provide project assistance to state coastal zone management programs. The program matches postgraduate students with state coastal zone programs to work on projects proposed by the state.

National Marine Fisheries Service Fellowships

These fellowships are aimed at Ph.D. candidates, who are United States citizens, interested in the population dynamics of living marine resources and the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing their status. The marine resource economics fellowship concentrates on the conservation and management of marine resources.

 


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

Apply now for the 2021 Knauss Fellowship in Washington, D.C.

October 28th, 2019 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 21, 2020.

Students enrolled at an Indiana or Illinois 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 Fellowships page or contact Angela Archer, IISG fellowship program leader, at amcbride@purdue.edu or (765)496-3722. Read the full funding details at Grants.gov.


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

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