Summer Internship in Marine Ecology – Smithsonian Marine Station – Florida

Subject: Summer Internship in Marine Ecology – Smithsonian Marine Station – Florida

Project Description
The Marine Global Earth Observatory (MarineGEO) program is currently seeking an undergraduate or recent graduate for a summer internship at the Smithsonian Marine Station in Ft. Pierce, Florida.  MarineGEO
( is a network of global observation and research sites that focuses on biodiversity, how is it changing, and how that affects the structure and function of coastal marine ecosystems.  Research includes long-term, rigorous monitoring of important habitats as well as standardized, coordinated experiments with network partners.  The Smithsonian Marine Station is located adjacent to the Indian River Lagoon (IRL), a biodiverse estuary on the east coast of central Florida.
Responsibilities of the successful applicant include data collection in a variety of habitats including seagrasses, oyster reefs, mangroves, soft-sediments, and artificial structures as well as support in a large-scale experiment examining the effects of predators on native and non-natives species.  Learning objectives include exposure to a diverse suite of marine invertebrate species as well as becoming familiar with research conducted in multiple habitat-types in a biodiverse estuarine environment.  Additional experiments can be developed with staff based on
the applicant’s personal research interests.

Please send a cover letter expressing research interests and future goals as well as a CV and current undergraduate transcripts to Dean Janiak at  The internship has a flexible timeframe for start and end dates but a desired start date would be prior to June 1.  The weekly stipend
in $400, not including housing.

Dean Janiak
Smithsonian Marine Station
701 Seaway Dr. Ft Pierce, FL 34949