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With more than 70% of Earth's surface covered in ocean, it's not surprising how many marine-related professions there are to choose from. Some have you literally out in the field or on or in the water (e.g., extreme-science coastal geologist), others have you working directly with sea creatures (e.g., marine mammal trainer), and still others surround you with test tubes and technology (laboratory research). Additionally, many marine management and coastal protection organizations and government agencies need people with expertise in policy development, planning, GIS, law, science, and communications (covering advocacy, education, fundraising, journalism, photography, and even film making). There are hundreds of possibilities, so if the blue calls to you, check out these links to learn more.
For high school students ready to get wet behind the ears, here are some excellent resources.
If the college you attend doesn't offer coastal courses or ocean-related internship/fellowship opportunities, or you want to explore a different geographic area, see these sites.
Undergraduate Scholarship, Internship, and Fellowship Programs - NOAA's National Centers for Coastal and Ocean Sciences also maintains this list of undergraduate opportunities.
Marine-Related Internship Information - OceanCareers.com lists information on internships, fellowships, and volunteer opportunities from a variety of organizations.
MATE At-Sea Opportunities for College Students - The Marine Advanced Technology Education Center also has this listing of internship opportunities for college students.
EnvironmentalScience.org - This comprehensive website provides information on environmental science internships, scholarships, degree programs, and career options.
Marine Science Internships Abroad - GoAbroad.com compiles this extensive list of volunteer and paid marine-related internships from Australia to Thailand, and many points in between.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Guest Student Program (Woods Hole, MA) - Through this informal internship program, a limited number of undergraduates become Guest Students in WHOI laboratories on a year-round basis. Advanced high school students from Upper Cape Cod and the Islands may also be eligible.
Marine Wildlife Internships (Southeastern Massachusetts) - The New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance offers internships for college students (as well as high school students and professionals) in southeastern Massachusetts.
Cape Cod National Seashore Internships (Cape Cod, MA) - A variety of flexible internship opportunities are available for students to learn about research, monitoring, and stewardship activities at the Cape Cod National Seashore.
Five College Coastal & Marine Sciences Program Internships (Amherst area, MA) - Students from the "Five Colleges" (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and UMass Amherst) can apply for these paid internships. The site also includes links to other internship options.
Shoals Marine Laboratory Undergraduate Internships (Appledore Island, ME) - Located on 95-acre Appledore Island, the lab offers a variety of internship opportunities for undergraduates.
Seacamp Internship (Big Pine Key, FL) - The Newfound Harbor Marine Institute offers programs in tropical marine science to visiting school groups, and the intern's primary responsibility is to develop and effectively lead these programs.
Whitney Laboratory Experience for Undergraduates Program (St. Augustine, FL) - Funded by the National Science Foundation, this program offers an opportunity for undergraduates to participate in scientific research at this University of Florida laboratory.
Virginia Institute of Marine Science Internships (Gloucester Point, VA) - Through this program, interns conduct an individualized project under the direction of a research scientist.
College of Charleston Summer Research in Marine Biology (Charleston, SC) - This program combines formal classroom work with independent research.
Shedd Aquarium Marine Mammal Internship (Chicago, IL) - Interns receive firsthand experience in data collection, food preparation, and marine mammal husbandry.
Alaska SeaLife Center Fellowship Program (Seward, AK) - Interns gain experience in research, rehabilitation, public education, and conservation in North Pacific marine ecosystems.
Aquarium of the Pacific College Internships (Long Beach, CA) - Internships are geared toward college students and recent graduates who are interested in playing a direct role in ensuring vital and healthy oceans.
The links below focus on graduate-level opportunities.
For those who have completed their education (at least for now), these job-search resources are an excellent way to find coastal and marine careers.