Education Specialist Internship

Summer Camp 2023

Established in 1955 by pioneering shark researcher, Dr. Eugenie Clark, Mote Marine Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit, marine science and education institution dedicated to world-class research and to translating and transferring scientific discoveries to enhance ocean literacy and inspire ocean conservation. Every year, Mote reaches more than 10,000 learners through its education programs, inspiring the next generation of marine scientists and enthusiasts. Summer Education Interns play a critical role in delivering these programs, creating a comfortable camp experience, and fostering a passion in camp participants. Camps are offered for campers 5 – 13 years old and are held at Mote’s Sarasota campus. For more information about our specific camps visit

About the Internship

Mote Education Interns support the development and delivery of Mote’s education programs. Interns will receive training in marine science topics, education pedagogy, curriculum development, interpretation techniques and caring for education ambassador animals. Through this, interns will:

  • become more comfortable and confident teachers/presenters
  • gain curriculum development experience
  • gain experience in interpretation and public speaking
  • gain experience with virtual learning technologies and live event production
  • gain experience with AZA approved animal handling & care techniques
  • make valuable professional contacts for future scientific/educational endeavors

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • assisting with the development and implementation of science lessons and activities
  • daily set-up and break-down of classrooms for education programs
  • supervising campers during field classroom and outdoor activities
  • assisting with husbandry & enrichment of education box turtle and diamondback terrapins


Potential interns should be pursuing a degree in education or (marine) science, have strong communication skills and enjoy working with the public. They should be comfortable spending time outside and in the water. CPR & First Aid certifications are required and lifeguard certification is a plus.

Schedule, Commitment & Stipend

The 2023 Education Summer Internship is an immersive 10-week commitment from May 22 – August 4.  Most workweeks run Monday – Friday on a 7:30 am – 3:30 pm schedule, with occasional weekend or evening work.

Interns will receive a $1200 stipend for this 10-week position. The stipend will be paid in three payments during the internship: beginning of summer, mid-summer and end of summer (based on completion of commitment). Applicants must be available for the full duration of the internship to qualify for the stipend. Applicants must be US Citizens or permanent residents to receive payment.

Interns must be able to pass a background check to participate in this internship.

For more information regarding the Internship, please contact Madison Royer at 941-388-4441, extension 164 or