Chesapeake Bay Internships

The best job candidates recognize that hands-on work experience is the best way to build a resume, and that internships offer an opportunity to explore potential career fields. The NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office wants to connect students who are eager to explore a career in marine biology, oceanography, environmental education, and other related fields with professionals in these studies.

Bay-related internships include opportunities with NOAA as well as with other agencies and organizations, and are grouped roughly by area of interest. While most internships are offered during the summer months, some internships may be available at other times of the year. In addition to opportunities with the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, NOAA offers additional internship and scholarship opportunities at other locations around the country.

Summer Internships

Each summer, NCBO, in partnership with the Chesapeake Research Consortium, offers several paid summer internships primarily geared toward current undergraduate students. With questions, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In summer 2020, the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office will offer five internships, covering a range of Chesapeake Bay science-related topics. Each paid internship will run 12 weeks (mid-May through mid-August). They are intended for students who will be entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year of undergraduate study. NCBO is partnering with the Chesapeake Research Consortium to offer internships through two programs.

The Chesapeake-Student Recruitment, Early Advisement and Mentoring (C-StREAM) Program focuses on recruiting, advising, and mentoring college students from communities that are currently underrepresented in the environmental field and that historically have been excluded from opportunities to pursue careers in environmental research and management. For these internships, C-StREAM will accept applications from students who identify as people of color and/or who are first-generation college students. Learn more about the application process for C-StREAM. Applications for these positions are due February 15, 2020. We will host two summer interns through C-StREAM in 2020:

  • Field Technician: Support our field program through oyster reef monitoring, water column and nearshore habitat monitoring, and acoustic telemetry data collection. Work will be conducted on a range of vessel platforms and sizes; based in Annapolis, Maryland.
  • Chesapeake Bay Restoration and Protection Policy: Help to develop an “indicator”—tracking statistics—on forage species that will be used by resource managers as they consider management of pretty for key predators. Based in Annapolis, Maryland.

The NOAA Chesapeake Bay Summer Internship Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to work with NOAA and Chesapeake Bay Program personnel on science, policy, and education programming. Learn more about the application process for the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Summer Internship Program. Applications for these positions are due by February 20, 2020. We will host three interns through this program in 2020:

  • Climate Change Indicator Development Support: Identify data and devise ways to use this information in “indicators” that will be used to track trends and progress toward advancing climate resiliency. Based in Annapolis, Maryland.
  • Buoy Data Visualization: Assist with updating capabilities for an application that visualizes data from the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System. Based in Annapolis, Maryland.
  • Environmental Literacy Database Support: Develop and populate a database that includes georeferenced data and descriptive information about environmental education grant recipients and program participants. Support planning and implementation of summer teacher workshops and conferences. Based in Oxford, Maryland.

NCBO is committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive science-oriented workforce. NCBO highly encourages applicants from historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, and tribal colleges and universities.

With questions on any of these internships, contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.