Teacher Shipboard Science Workshop

Applications are now open for the 2020 Lake Michigan Shipboard Science Workshop—a unique, expenses-paid, educators’ cruise. Join the Center for Great Lakes Literacy aboard the U.S. EPA’s R/V Lake Guardian on an excursion through Lake Michigan from July 6-12, 2020. Fifteen formal and non-formal educators of students in grades 5-12 from throughout the Great Lakes watershed will be immersed in Great Lakes science and pedagogy. Participants will assist researchers from the U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office and the University of Chicago collecting data on water chemistry, food web dynamics, microbes, zooplankton, and larval fish, all while living aboard the R/V Lake Guardian. Port stops will provide additional opportunities to learn about Great Lakes recreation, history, and stewardship. 


Registration/Application Deadline: February 28, 2020

Event Dates: July 6 – 12, 2020

Event Location: Lake Michigan (departing from and returning to Milwaukee, WI)

Applicants: Grades 5 – 12 classroom teachers and informal educators, must reside in a Great Lakes state

More Information and Application: https://iiseagrant.org/2020-shipboard-science/

group of people pose in front of a large boat called the Research Vessel Lake Guardian


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

collage of IISG interns


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