Wisconsin Sea Grant Summer Internship Program

The 2022 Wisconsin Sea Grant Summer Internship Program is a paid 10-week experience that places college undergraduate students—and those with an undergraduate degree from the academic year immediately prior to summer 2022—with outreach specialists on issues affecting coastal and water resources in Wisconsin.

It provides interns with an applied research, environmental outreach and/or community engagement experience under the mentorship of a career professional. Interns will assist mentors with activities that could include background research;  field work; analyses, program planning, development, delivery and evaluation; and public engagement. 

The goal of the internship program is to contribute to a diverse workforce that understands technical and social challenges facing coastal communities and the natural environment. The program helps prepare undergraduate students for graduate school, as well as careers in aquatic sciences, environmental resource management and community engagement.


  • The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Central Standard Time, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022.
  • Decisions about summer internship placement will be made in March 2022.
  • The 10-week program runs from June 6 through Aug. 12, 2022.


Selected students will be awarded a $6,000 stipend. If the assigned internship requires an in-person presence in a location away from the student’s home or school, a $1,500 allowance will be provided to offset travel expenses to and from the internship location, housing and meals.


Any undergraduate college student who will have completed the equivalent of one semester of full-time study by June 6, 2022, and who is currently enrolled in any U.S. college or university may apply. Students who will have graduated with an undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university during the 2021-22 academic year are eligible for internships in summer 2022.

Application process

Provide the following information by email to Moira Harrington at moira@aqua.wisc.edu:

  1. A one- to two-page résumé describing the applicant’s work and/or volunteer experience. The résumé must include name, contact information (including phone and email address) and educational history.
  2. A personal statement in essay style not to exceed 1,000 words. The statement should include a) paragraph about the applicant’s personal/professional/academic background, including related experience, major and why that major was chosen; b) a paragraph about the applicant’s academic and professional goals; and c) a paragraph about which listed internship project interests the applicant the most and how the applicant will contribute to the goals of this internship. Additionally, please identify any other listed internship projects for which the applicant would like to be considered.
  3. Transcripts showing all college-level education.
  4. A letter of recommendation. This could be from a supervisor from a work or volunteer setting and/or from a college professor or advisor and which focuses on academic achievement.

Internship descriptions

Project descriptions, intern responsibilities, locations, work settings and qualifications for the 2022 summer internships are available at 2022 Wisconsin Sea Grant Summer Internship Program Descriptions

At the time of this notice of opportunity, public health protocols to curb the spread of Covid-19 are in place. While it is unknown the extent to which the virus will be widely circulating in summer 2022, all internships will be structured to accommodate either remotely conducted activities or safe, in-person activities. The internship program will be subject to the Covid-19 Workplace Safety Policy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Resilience and flexibility given these uncertainties are necessary and appreciated.