Education and Outreach

Marine Science and Engineering Summer Internships


For an immersion in a marine science or technology internship, apply to Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Summer Internship Program. Open to qualified undergraduate and graduate students, the 10-week program is designed to provide hands-on experience in a research environment in areas that include:

  • Aquaculture and Stock Enhancement
  • Biomedical and Biotechnology
  • Marine Ecosystem Health
  • Ocean Dynamics and Modeling
  • Ocean Engineering and Technology
  • Ocean Exploration
  • Outreach and Informal Education


Internationally known for its research in marine science and biomedicine, aquaculture, and ocean engineering, FAU Harbor Branch is located between Vero Beach and Fort Pierce, Florida, on the Indian River Lagoon, one of the most biodiverse estuaries in the United States. Nearby habitats include seagrass beds, mangrove forests, salt marshes, mud and sand flats, beaches, rock ledges, and nearshore reefs.

FAU Harbor Branch faculty members are leaders in their fields. You will be learning from, and studying with, the best.

Undergraduate Interns: Open to students currently enrolled in a full-time program who have completed at least the equivalent of two years of college and are seeking a four-year degree.

Graduate Interns: Open to currently enrolled graduate students and graduating seniors who have been accepted and are pre-registered for a graduate program.

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age and in good academic standing as evidenced by submission of a current official transcript. Students who are not U.S. citizens must have a current visa with authorization to receive stipends or be on an educational visa. All other applicants must have a social security number.

Applications are due by March 1. Awards will be announced April 1. The 2024 Summer Intern Program begins May 20 and continues through July 26.

The major portion of the funding for this program is provided through the generosity of the Link Foundation. The Gertrude Skelly Foundation provides major support for interns in marine biomedical research.

Application Procedure

To be considered a complete application for review by the intern selection committee, the following materials must be submitted for this program:

  1. Completed application form (see forms and documents section)
  2. Brief (single spaced, no more than one-page) essay outlining experience and career/research interests
  3. Resume
  4. Three (3) letters of reference submitted by Faculty members who are familiar with you. Faculty may send their reference directly to
  5. Official copy of college transcript, sealed envelope mailed to FAU Harbor Branch address below
  6. Graduating seniors must submit proof (copy of registration and letter of acceptance to graduate school) of continuing education

Official transcripts must be mailed to FAU Harbor Branch:
FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
5600 US 1 North
Fort Pierce, FL 34946
All other application materials must be sent in one email* with each item an individual attachment. *If attachments exceed the size for one email as allowed by your service provider, an additional email is permitted. Email to:

Forms and Documents

Click here to download the fillable PDF application.
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Download a Summer Intern program brochure here.

Research Areas

  • Aquaculture and Stock Enhancement
  • Biomedical and Biotechnology
  • Marine Ecosystem Health
  • Ocean Dynamics and Modeling
  • Ocean Engineering and Technology
  • Ocean Exploration
  • Outreach and Informal Education


  Faculty Area of Specialization Webpage
matt Matthew Ajemian, Ph.D. Fisheries Ecology & Conservation Link
gabby Gabby Barbarite, Ph.D. Director of Outreach & Engagement Link
William Baxley William Baxley, M.A., PE Chief Engineer, Ocean Energy Program Link
Beckler Jordon Beckler, Ph.D. Geochemistry and Geochemical Sensing Link
Laurent Cherubin Laurent Cherubin, Ph.D.

Ocean Modeling & Bio-physical Processes

Dr. Andia Chaves Fonnegra Andia Chaves Fonnegra, Ph.D. Integrative Marine and Coastal Ecology Link
Megan Davis Megan Davis, Ph.D. Aquaculture and Stock Enhancement Link
Dr Ester Guzman Esther Guzmán, Ph.D. Marine Biomedical & Biotechnology Research Link
Dr. Dennis Hanisak Dennis Hanisak, Ph.D. Marine Botany Link
Dr. Mingshun Jiang Mingshun Jiang, Ph.D. Physical-Biogeochemical Ocean Observation & Modeling Link
Dr. Lapointe Brian Lapointe, Ph.D. Harmful Algal Blooms Link
Dr. Laramore Susan Laramore, Ph.D. Aquatic Animal Health Link
Oscar Lopez Oscar Lopez, Ph.D. Ocean Engineering & Applied Technology Link
Dr. Sahar Mejri Sahar Mejri, Ph.D. Aquaculture and Stock Enhancement Link
Krista McCoy Krista McCoy, Ph.D. Environmental and Human Health Link
Michael McCoy Michael McCoy, Ph.D. Quantitative Ecology Link
Dr. Malcolm McFarland Malcolm McFarland, Ph.D. Dynamic processes that determine the distribution, abundance and diversity of marine phytoplankton populations and communities Link
Dr. Tim Moore Tim Moore, Ph.D. Remote Sensing Technologies Link
Dr. Aditya Nayak Aditya Nayak, Ph.D.

Ocean Engineering and Technology

Dr. O'Corry-Crowe Gregory O’Corry-Crowe, Ph.D.

Population Biology & Behavioral Ecology

Dr. Bing Bing Ouyang, Ph.D. Ocean Engineering & Technology Link
Dr. Karjian Annie Page-Karjian, DVM/ Ph.D.

Marine Wildlife Veterinary Medicine & Research

Dr. Marty Riche Marty Riche, Ph.D. Aquaculture and Stock Enhancement Link
Wayne Slade Wayne Slade, Ph.D. Ocean Optics and Biogeochemistry
Dr. Mike Twardowski Mike Twardowski, Ph.D. Ocean Engineering & Technology Link
Dr. Voss Joshua Voss, Ph.D. Coral Reef and Molecular Ecology Link
 Dr. Paul Wills Paul Wills, Ph.D. Finfish Aquaculture Link
Dr. Amy Wright Amy Wright, Ph.D. Marine Biomedical & Biotechnology Research - Natural Products Chemistry Link
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