New IISG undergraduate opportunity with community engaged internship (CEI)

Application deadline: April 29, 2022

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The Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG), in cooperation with Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois, is offering a CEI opportunity to support conservation policy efforts for the Shedd Aquarium. Sea Grant’s Community Engaged Internship (CEI) aims to broaden participation in coastal, ocean, Great Lakes, and marine sciences by offering paid internships to students from under-resourced, underrepresented and/or indigenous and tribal populations. The CEI is a national program involving Sea Grant state programs and other partners.

The IISG Sea Grant intern will be part of a national cohort of students. Each intern is expected to participate in all aspects of the CEI program: 

·         On-the-ground learning experience, including completion of a project that extends the knowledge of community stakeholders to address a coastal, marine or Great Lakes issue of environmental, economic and/or social importance

·         Mentoring by Sea Grant and Shedd professionals, Sea Grant funded researchers and Knauss Fellows. 

·         Virtual professional development sessions and training opportunities. 

·         Peer discussions with other interns in the cohort using Slack or other virtual platforms. 

·         Graduation Ceremony to celebrate accomplishments, network with peers and other professionals (in-person meeting included, dependent on status of COVD-19 restrictions). 

·         Participation in pre/post evaluation.

This paid, full-time summer internship will be 10-12 weeks long, depending on the intern’s availability, starting no later than June 1 2022. The intern will have the choice to work remotely, in-person at the Shedd Aquarium, or a hybrid schedule. If the status of COVID worsens, the intern can work completely remotely. Occasional travel may be possible for the internship, depending on travel status policies. For questions about this opportunity, please email Angela Archer at

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