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Mote Marine Laboratory

Mote Marine Lab School and Public Programs Internship (Summerland Key)

Situated in the heart of the Lower Keys, Mote Marine Laboratory's Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration (IC2R3) is a fully equipped marine science facility dedicated to marine research and education in the Florida Keys.

Mote Education interns in the Florida Keys play a critical role in delivering all of our programs, from school field trips to residential programs, citizen science, outreach events, and more!

Duties include, but are not limited to, developing, teaching, and evaluating marine science activities; supervising field sampling and other water-based activities; cleaning and organizing education spaces; and daily set-up and break-down of programs.

Potential interns should have the following requirements:

  • Pursuing a degree in education or (marine) science, or recently graduated
  • Have strong communication skills and enjoy working with children
  • Comfortable spending long, hot days outside and in the water
  • CPR and First Aid are required
  • Lifeguard certification is preferred
  • SCUBA certification is preferred
  • Teaching experience is a plus, however it is not required

All interns will receive intensive and thorough training in marine science topics, education pedagogy and the work of Mote Marine Laboratory. Mote Education interns will become more comfortable and confident teachers/presenters, gain curriculum development experience, and make valuable professional contacts for future scientific and/or educational endeavors. Efforts will be made where interns may have some limited opportunities to shadow or visit with Mote research staff.

This internship can be completed in one of the following durations:

Full Time:

  • Minimum 10 week commitment
  • 40 hrs/week
  • Typical work hours are 8am-5pm, with some weekend or evening work

Part Time:

  • Approximately 25 week commitment throughout the fall and spring semesters
  • Minimum 16 hrs/week
  • Typical work hours are 8am-5pm, with a weekly schedule to be determined based on program need and intern availability

How to Apply


Mote Marine Laboratory
24244 Overseas Highway
Summerland Key, FL 33042

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