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Coastal Wetlands Research Internship

This new program is looking for interns to assist with laboratory tasks, field research projects, and the development of outreach materials.

The FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute's (FWRI) new Coastal Wetlands Research Program (CWRP) is seeking detail-oriented interns and volunteers to assist with general laboratory duties in its St. Petersburg headquarters. College students and recent graduates with an interest in marine science or a related field may apply for this internship opportunity.

Successful candidates will be task-oriented individuals that have the ability to work independently in a laboratory setting. The primary responsibilities of the interns will be assisting with laboratory tasks, including:

  • maintaining labware and chemical inventories;
  • performing high-quality organic carbon analyses on a Shimazu TOC-5050A total organic carbon analyzer;
  • database management;
  • preparation of stock solutions and standards; and
  • general laboratory and glassware cleaning and upkeep.

Opportunities to work in the field may also become available as the CWRP continues to develop. Other tasks associated with the internship will include supporting the research group on field research projects, and aid in developing educational and outreach materials.

In addition to the above duties, interns are encouraged to develop an independent research project. Interns are also required to submit a final report and present a 15-20 minute seminar on the work accomplished during their internship.

College credit is possible, and candidates seeking college credit are preferred. Check with your department advisor at your home institution.


You may qualify if you are:

  • a current student who has successfully completed introductory coursework in any of the following areas: environmental science, chemistry, marine science, geology or biology;
  • willing to learn carbon analytical techniques and make high-quality biogeochemical measurements;
  • willing to work long, strenuous hours outdoors in adverse weather conditions;
  • able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing;
  • able to lift at least 50 pounds; and
  • in possession of a valid U.S. Class E driver's license.

Preference will be given to applicants seeking an undergraduate or advanced degree (or recent graduates) in the following (or related) scientific disciplines:  Environmental Science, Chemistry, Oceanography/Marine Science, Biology and/or Geology. Candidates with working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and/or ArcGIS are also desired. Prior laboratory experience is preferred but not required.

If you are interested in applying for an internship with the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, the following information is required:

  • A cover letter describing the internship you are applying for; area(s) of academic/research interest; and the dates, days, and hours of availability.
  • A résumé (or curriculum vitae) describing your relevant training and experience.
  • Current academic transcripts.
  • Names and contact information for three references.

Please submit application items as an e-mail attachment to

If electronic submission is not possible, hard copies can be mailed to:
Internship Coordinator
FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
100 Eighth Avenue SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5020