Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium offers an array of intern and alumni opportunities. Please visit the pages linked from the titles below for additional details and the application process for each program.

Mote is currently hosting in-person internships and plans to continue programming through 2021. However, the status of internships is dependent on COVID-19 regulations and guidelines, which may result in cancellations. Any changes in the status of Mote internships will be posted here.

Several internship programs are available for the summer of 2021. Students may apply to multiple programs simultaneously. 

College Internship Program

Mote Internships allow college students and recent college graduates to gain valuable hands-on experience in Ocean Science research, conservation, education and support services. Internships are available in most departments in the laboratory, aquarium, education and support programs. Close to 200 college students and recent college graduates participate in this program annually.

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates - Summer Only

The NSF REU Program offers paid research training experiences in estuarine science to 10 undergraduate students during a 10-week period between May and August. NSF REU participants are paired with Mote scientists and conduct mentored research projects related to their advisor's expertise. 

Mote Research Experience for Undergraduates - Summer Only

The Mote REU Program is modeled from the NSF REU Program and offers paid research training experiences in marine science during a 10-week period between May and August. The goal of this program is to increase participation of underserved, underrepresented groups in marine STEM.

Research Experience for Graduate Students (REGS)

Two positions are available in summer 2021 (application deadline: April 15). Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and currently enrolled in a graduate degree program (full-time or part-time) leading to a master's or Ph.D. degree. Participants receive a $10,000 stipend throughout the duration of the program.

MarSci-LACE Internship

The Louise Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP): Marine Science Laboratory Alliance Center of Excellence (MarSci-LACE) opens doors into marine science research, education and careers for underrepresented, minority students and aims to provide unique and authentic research and training opportunities that go beyond training received by traditional degree-granting institutions. To qualify for this program, applicants must be currently enrolled in coursework at State College of Florida or College of the Florida Keys and identify as an underrepresented minority in STEM as defined by NSF.  For more information and to apply, please visit

*Applicants may apply to multiple internship programs for the same timeframe.

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