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October 24, 2014  

Student Opportunities


This page presents information on coral relevant scholarship, internship, and fellowship opportunities available through NOAA. It also lists some opportunities available outside of NOAA.

NOAA Opportunities
   NOAA Graduate/Doctoral Opportunities
   NOAA Undergraduate Opportunities
   NOAA High School Opportunities
Non-NOAA Opportunities


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NOAA Opportunities

The NOAA Office of Education has consolidated the listings of scholarships, internships, and fellowships available through NOAA in a dedicated section of its site. Opportunities may change from year to year or during different points in any given year. To make sure we provide the most up-to-date information in a user-friendly format, the listings below highlight the opportunities that are most relevant to coral conservation and link back to the pertinent pages within the Student Opportunities section of the NOAA Education site. Check back often for updates. In addition to the opportunities listed below, please see the Special Opportunities page to learn about other opportunities that may be available.

While not all of the opportunities below are specifically focused on coral conservation, most of them can be crafted around a student's interests. Availability of these opportunities, particularly internships, within specific CRCP offices or labs, or with specific CRCP staff, is subject to availability of a CRCP mentor or host during the desired internship or fellowship period.

NOAA Graduate/Doctoral Opportunities

Internships

  • Please follow the link to view a range of internship opportunities available to graduate students. Please note that the listing is not limited to those opportunities that are relevant to coral conservation.

Fellowships

  • Coral Reef Conservation Fellowship Program: The NOAA Coral Reef Management Fellowship Program was established to respond to the need for additional coral reef management capacity in the US reef jurisdictions. The program provides the state and territorial coral reef management agencies with highly qualified candidates whose education and work experience meet each island's specific needs, while providing the individual fellows with professional experience in coastal and coral reef resources management. The Fellowship is managed by the CRCP and fellows are NOAA contractors through IM Systems Group.

  • Knauss Sea Grant Fellowship: The Knauss Fellowship, established in 1979, 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 branch of government located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one year paid fellowship. The program is named in honor of one of Sea Grant's founders, former NOAA Administrator, John A. Knauss. Over the years, CRCP offices have hosted several Knauss Fellows.

  • NOAA Educational Partnership Program--Graduate Sciences Program: Established in 2001, NOAA's Educational Partnership Program provides financial assistance through competitive processes to minority serving institutions that support research and training of students in NOAA-related sciences. The program's goal is to increase the number of students who are trained and graduate in sciences directly related to NOAA's mission. The EPP Graduate Sciences Program (GSP) is aimed primarily at increasing opportunities for students in NOAA-related fields to pursue research and educational training in atmospheric, environmental, remote sensing and oceanic sciences at minority serving institutions (MSI) when possible. The GSP offers between two years (master's candidates) to four years (doctoral students) of NOAA-related research and training opportunities. The GSP is designed to provide employment opportunities and work experience to qualified graduating seniors and graduate students in engineering, biology, law, social science, economics, mathematics, chemistry, physics, physical science, computer science, geography and geology.

  • Coastal Management Fellowship: The Coastal Management Fellowship was established in 1996 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 and selected by the fellowship sponsor, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center. This two-year opportunity offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement.

  • Follow these links to learn more about NOAA's other post-graduate fellowship opportunities and graduate fellowship opportunities. Please note that the listing is not limited to those opportunities that are relevant to coral conservation.

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NOAA Undergraduate Opportunities

Scholarships

  • NOAA Educational Partnership Program-Undergraduate Scholarship Program: Established in 2001, NOAA's Educational Partnership Program provides financial assistance through competitive processes to minority serving institutions that support research and training of students in NOAA-related sciences. The program's goal is to increase the number of students who are trained and graduate in sciences directly related to NOAA's mission. The EPP Undergraduate Scholarship Program offers scholarship opportunities for rising junior year students attending minority serving institutions who are majoring in disciplines (i.e., atmospheric science, biology, cartography, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, geodesy, geography, marine science, mathematics, meteorology, photogrammetry, physical science, physics and remote sensing technology) relating to NOAA's mission. Competitive two year appointments will be awarded to students attending Minority Serving Institutions to facilitate hands-on research experience at approved NOAA offices and facilities.

  • Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program: The NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program is designed to: (1) increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities; (2) increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy; (3) recruit and prepare students for public service careers with NOAA and other natural resource and science agencies at the federal, state and local levels of government; and (4) recruit and prepare students for careers as teachers and educators in oceanic and atmospheric science and to improve scientific and environmental education in the United States. The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance for full-time study during the 9-month academic year; a 10-week, full-time internship position during the summer at a NOAA facility; and, if reappointed, academic assistance for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year. The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the Scholars with "hands-on"/ practical educational training experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities.

  • Please follow the link to view a range of other scholarships available to undergraduate students. Please note that the listing is not limited to those opportunities that are relevant to coral conservation.

Internships

  • NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center Student Intern Program: The PIFSC Student Intern Program offers qualified college students professional work experience and formal training opportunities tailored to meet their educational and professional goals and interests. This program enables students to work under the guidance of talented staff of the PIFSC who will provide challenging work opportunities and one-to-one mentoring in the student's field of study. The PIFSC is one of the offices within NOAA that participates in the CRCP.

  • ENTRY POINT!: ENTRY POINT! is a program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) offering Outstanding Internship Opportunities for Students with Disabilities in Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, and some fields of Business.

  • Please follow the link to view a range of fellowship opportunities available to undergraduate students. Please note that the listing is not limited to those opportunities that are relevant to coral conservation.

  • Please also note the internship portion of the Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program listed above.

Fellowships

  • Please follow the link to view a range of fellowship opportunities available to undergraduate students. Please note that the listing is not limited to those opportunities that are relevant to coral conservation.

Other Types of Opportunities

  • Workforce Recruitment Program: Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) is a resource for federal agencies and private businesses nationwide to identify qualified temporary and permanent employees from a variety of fields. Applicants are highly motivated postsecondary students and recent graduates eager to prove their abilities in the workforce. Employers seek to fill both temporary and permanent positions in a variety of fields.

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NOAA High School Opportunities

Internships

  • METCON Engineering and Science Career Orientation Summer Program: The District of Columbia Metropolitan Consortium for Students in Science, Mathematics and Engineering (METCON) program is a six- to eight-week summer program is designed to provide high school juniors within the Washington, DC. metropolitan area with career awareness and technically-oriented work experiences at NOAA and other local agencies.

  • HS/HT Program: The High School/High Tech (HS/HT) program is a program for high school students with disabilities. This program has several goals: to motivate students to explore their own interests and potential in the sciences and technology and to explore careers in these areas. There are over 100 programs nationwide. Through this program students are provided internship opportunities, learn to write resumes, and are given public speaking and leadership skills.

  • NOAA LMRCS High School Intern: The NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center internship program offered through Savannah State University for high school students interested in marine science careers.

Other Types of Opportunities

  • MAST Academy: Starting in 1984, the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (CIMAS) at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science has participated in a high school apprenticeship program that is made possible through NOAA funding. The program is carried out through a Miami-Dade County "magnet" school, the Maritime and Science Technology High School (MAST Academy). The Maritime MAST Academy students participate in a summer internship program at the NOAA Atlanic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) and NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC).

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Non-NOAA Opportunities

As we become aware of other opportunities, we will post them here.
  • Reef Relief Summer Internship: Reef Relief, a coral reef nonprofit membership organization, has a summer internship program for undergraduates hosted in Key West, Florida.

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