Every year Mote Marine Laboratory reaches more than 10,000 students during its education programs, inspiring a new generation of marine scientists and enthusiasts. Programs are offered for students ages two to adult, and typically run for one to three hours. Students include those from schools, families and community youth groups. Mote Education Interns play a critical role in delivering all of our programs, from school field trips to Behind the Science to SeaSnoozes to Mommy and Me at Mote. The Internship is an intensive 12-14 week commitment, where most work weeks run Monday-Friday on an 8am-5pm 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 field sampling and other water-based activities; cleaning and organizing education spaces; and daily set-up and break-down of programs.
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 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. Efforts will be made where Interns may have some limited opportunities to shadow or visit with Mote research and/or aquarium staff.