Every year we offer IL and IN K-12 formal and non-formal educator professional development opportunities as well as stipend support for IL and IN stewardship projects that extend Great Lakes learning and stewardship to students through place-based learning experiences. Stay tuned for upcoming opportunities.

Teacher Shipboard Science Workshop

Watch cgll.org in late 2022 for information about our shipboard science opportunity on Lake Superior in summer 2023.

As a part of the CGLL Educators community you get your hands wet as you experience Great Lakes research first hand working along-side local scientists. Use your new skills and understanding, in collaboration with other Great Lakes educators, to create place-based, inquiry driven curriculum you can feel excited about implementing in your classroom. Tap into a support network of educators and scientists who will help bring these lessons to life for your students. 

Summer Interns, apply by February 6, 2023

The Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) Summer Internship Program, through Purdue University and University of Illinois, 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



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