With the guidance of a faculty mentor, interns will conduct original research projects in one of a wide range of marine science topics. In addition to laboratory and field research activities, students will participate in field trips to the Maryland Coastal Bays, Virginia Institute of Marine Science Eastern Shore Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Laboratory, and Pocomoke State Park. Students will receive instruction in topics such as scientific ethics, library resources for research, experimental design and data analysis, and scientific writing and communication. Students will present their research to their peers and mentors at a symposium at the Sarbanes Coastal Ecology Center on the final day of the internship.


The program is geared toward students interested in careers in  Marine and Science, with preference given to rising sophomores and rising juniors. All college students are welcome to apply. The number of positions will depend on current funding availability.


The dates for the 2023 program are forthcoming. Check back here for further details.  

*All dates and program information are tentative and subject to change based on University policy. Our top priority is keeping our interns and campus safe and healthy. We will make changes and add details about safety protocols for Summer 2023 as they become available. We thank you for your patience and flexibility in this ever changing situation. 


The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is situated in Princess Anne on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, near both the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, making it an excellent location for research in  Marine and Estuarine Science. The University supports well-funded undergraduate and graduate programs in marine and agricultural science and maintains state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, equipment, and research boats. The Paul S. Sarbanes Coastal Ecology Center, located at Assateague Island, MD is used to conduct field and laboratory studies in Maryland’s Coastal Bays.


Interns will earn a $5,750 stipend + housing + meals. Students must attend all ten weeks of the program to receive the stipend.


For additional information, please contact Dr. Margaret Sexton ( or Dr. Paulinus Chigbu (

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