TEAM Ocean is a competitive summer internship program for high school students interested in pursuing a career in marine sciences or environmental education. Interns will be spending time learning about environmental education, research, advocacy and working closely with Florida Oceanographic Society’s staff and volunteers.
What to Expect
Interns will work in groups on projects to develop skills essential to careers in marine science, environmental education, and advocacy. Interns are required to commit 3 half days per week for 8 weeks. Two half days per week will be spent as an exhibit guide at one of Florida Oceanographic’s educational exhibits where you will master the art of informal environmental education. One half day per week will be spent working on research and advocacy projects. Students can be expected to commit to and work 90 volunteer hours over the course of the summer. The training provided will also set up students to earn additional hours throughout the year if desired.
Qualifications and Requirements
All Prospective Interns Should:
Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center will be accepting applications starting in March 2017. Any high school student interested should complete the online application, submit 2 teacher recommendations (one must be from a science teacher-form is online) and a one page typed essay of your related experience and interest in Florida’s coastal ecosystems. Interns will be selected based on a combination of their application, essay, teacher recommendations, and interview. All application material must be received by May 1st, 2017.
Monday March 27th- applications accepted
Monday May 1st-application period ends
Friday May 19th –applicants notified of acceptance
Friday May 26th-all paperwork must be signed and returned
Tuesday June6th-Required Welcome and Exhibit Guide Training 8:30am-noon
ALL TEAM Ocean participants will have an additional 4-hour shift of exhibit guide between June 7th-June 11th
All TEAM Ocean participants will have two 4-hour shifts of exhibit guide each week from June 12th-July 30th
(some weekends may be required) Exhibit guide schedules will vary based on your availability.
Thursday June 8th-Required TEAM Ocean orientation and training 9am-1pm
Every Thursday from June 8th-July 27th, you will be required to attend TEAM Ocean group service days.
These days will run from 9am-1pm and attendance is mandatory. Service days will include, but not be limited to, oyster shell deployments, seagrass surveys, an annual fish count, beach cleanups, adopt a highway events.
Upon acceptance, a $50 fee will be assessed to cover program expenses, 2 uniform t-shirts, a nametag, training materials. Additional t-shirts can be purchased for $10.
Love Florida’s coastal waters and its animals? Want to share your passion with others while earning volunteer hours needed for graduation or college applications? Enjoy working outside and interacting with the public? Then you might be interested in our teen volunteering option at Florida Oceanographic Society - becoming a volunteer exhibit guide. Training is done onsite and with staff and experienced volunteers. Exhibit guides teach guests of all ages about the inhabitants of our touch tanks (horseshoe crabs, hermit crabs, gastropods, urchins and sea cucumbers) and assist our Stingray Program presenters during ray feeding time. Teen volunteers must be able to commit at least 4 hours/week during the school year.
Any high school student interested should complete the online application, submit 2 teacher recommendations [Teacher Recommendation Form] and a one page essay of your related experience and interest in Florida’s coastal ecosystems.