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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 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.

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