Every year Mote Marine Laboratory reaches more than 800 campers during its summer programs, inspiring a new generation of marine scientists, ocean conservationists and enthusiasts. Mote Education Specialist 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 all ages, from 2-18 year olds and are held onsite in Sarasota and in the Florida Keys (interns are stationed in Sarasota). Our onsite camps run half day, week long camps packed full with ocean themed fun! For more information about our specific camps visit our summer camps page.

About the Internship

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 breakdown 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 certifications are required and Lifeguard is strongly preferred (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. Interns may have the opportunity to spend 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.

Schedule, Commitment & Stipend

The 2020 Education Summer Internship is an immersive 12 week commitment, running from May 18th  - August 7th.  Most workweeks run Monday - Friday on a 7:00 am - 4:00 pm schedule, with some weekend or evening work.

Interns will receive a $1500 stipend for this 12 week position. The stipend will be paid in two payments during the internship: a mid-summer payment and an end of summer payment (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 Kaitlyn Hofeldt at 941-388-4441, extension 324 or camps@mote.org.