Georgia Sea Grant offers year-long internships for recent college graduates in marine education. Interns train and work for 50 weeks at the Marine Education Center and Aquarium on Skidaway Island, near Savannah, Georgia. Marine education internships are offered to recent college graduates with a B.S. or B.A in Biology and coursework in marine science. The program serves as a bridge experience between college and professional positions and is designed for individuals who would like to gain teaching experience in environmental education. Interns live on site in UGA housing. Four interns will be selected for the period of September 2017 to August 2018.
The Marine Education Center and Aquarium is a unique facility on the Georgia coast. The Center, part of Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, provides hands-on, feet in marine science and coastal ecology programs for student grades Pre K-college and the general public. The Center is located on UGA’s 700-acre Skidaway Marine Science Campus with Marine Extension’s Shellfish Research Laboratory and the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. NOAA’s Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary and Georgia Southern University Applied Coastal Research Laboratory operate facilities on campus as well.
Marine education interns train with senior staff for two months in a variety of marine science topics and then begin teaching field, lab, and discussion classes. Outdoor classrooms include salt marsh and maritime forest, sandy beach, developed and wild barrier islands and trips aboard research vessels on coastal waters.
Additional responsibilities include animal husbandry, aquarium exhibit maintenance and visitor services. Interns typically work Monday – Friday teaching classes and assisting staff in other areas of operation where necessary. They are also required to work 1-2 Saturdays a month. Sea Grant interns are tasked with organizing and leading the youth ocean conservation summit. The internship also includes teaching eight weeks of summer marine science camp for ages 6-14. The UGA Aquarium does not house marine mammals or conduct marine mammal research. SCUBA, snorkeling, or kayak classes are not offered.