Every year Mote Marine Laboratory reaches more than 800 students during its summer programs, inspiring a new generation of marine scientists and enthusiasts. Camps are offered for students ages 2-18. Most run one week for four hours a day, either morning or afternoon camps. Mote Education Summer Interns play a critical role in delivering these programs. The Internship is an intensive 12-14 week commitment, beginning in late May. Most work weeks run Monday - Friday on an 7:30 - 4pm schedule, with some weekend or evening work. Interns will work in the classroom, in the Aquarium, and in the water. Duties include, but are not limited to, developing, teaching, and evaluating marine science activities; supervising/lifeguarding snorkeling and other water-based activities; cleaning and organizing education spaces; daily set-up and break down of camp activities; and overseeing other activities and programming.

Potential Interns should be pursuing a degree in education or (marine) science, have strong communication skills, and enjoy working with children. They should be comfortable spending long, hot days outside and in the water. CPR, First Aid, and Lifeguard certifications are required (SCUBA certification optional). Though teaching experience is a plus, 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 Summer 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. Most Interns will spend at least one week in the Florida Keys, assisting with our snorkel/dive camps, and may have some limited opportunities to shadow or visit with Mote research and/or aquarium staff.

For more information on our summer programs, please visit www.mote.org/education. The online application for Mote Internships can be accessed below. For more information regarding the Internship, please contact Kaitlyn Hofeldt at 941-388-4441, extension 324 or khofeldt@mote.org.