National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)


PICS Organization Name
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration - Department of Commerce -  Coastal Zone Management and National Estuarine Research Reserve System

Silver Spring, Maryland

Organization Description

This position would be within NOAA's Office for Coastal Management in the Ecosystems Program which has the responsibility for implementing the National Estuarine Research Reserve System. This is one of four national programs that the Office is responsible for implementing. The mission of the Reserve System is to practice and promote stewardship of coasts and estuaries through innovative research, education and training using a system of place-based protected areas.

Internship Description

All project work for this internship will support the National Estuarine Research Reserve System - a federal-state partnership program that protects over 1.3 million acres of estuarine lands and waters for long-term research, education and training to improve coastal management. The student will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of how this network functions and implements programs and influences policies across the nation from both a national and local perspective. Specific projects will focus on the environmental and social sustainability of the program including: conduct of greenhouse gas audits for several reserves and development of a system-wide framework for carbon neutrality; coordination of Ramsar designations for the system of reserves to elevate their significance as protected wetlands internationally, support of our diversity and inclusion efforts, and support of resilience and adaptation assessments for the reserves.

Weekly Stipend # of Weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Housing Provided? Public Transportation? Certificate Requirement? Can be Remote?
$500 8 None 8 - 9 am 4 - 5 pm No Yes No Yes


Strong communicator, oral and written; strong collaborator; critical and analytical thinker; interest in coastal processes or management; savvy in Google suite 

Former Interns
Mindy Burton '23, Wesley Wiggins '21, David Selwood '20

Evaluation Excerpt

Working within the federal government was eye-opening and reaffirmed my interest in civic service. I learned a significant amount about environmental activism and combining the social sciences with environmental science. Being a member of the Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellows in Government Service also provided me with exposure to leaders in other areas of the government that helped me to network and learn more about career path possibilities. -- Mindy Burton '23

The service mission of NOAA is to create scientifically informed policy. I feel that this definitely is in line with what I personally hope to achieve with my own goals and values, and the experience reinforced these decisions. I learned that I working to support the scientific research, not just conducting the research personally, is a career path that I am interested in as well.
—Christopher Chu '19 (Office for Coastal Management Ecosystems Program)

The strengths of working in the government for NOAA is the large-scale impact you might have. As a federal administration, NOAA is far-reaching and is great for someone to help lots of people.
—David Selwood '20 (Coastal Resilience Analyst Project)

I connected with the goal of pursuing important environmental research and communicating the implications of that research to decision makers and members of society. This internship made me realize the need to continue pursuing this research and the negative impacts of climate change and pollution that are occurring today. —Bobby Lussier '19 (Coastal Zone Management and National Estuarine Research Reserve System)